South Dakota
Black Hills and Badlands Landscape and Wildlife Photography
Photograph unique landscapes and wildlife of the Black Hills, Badlands, Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore Areas along with visits to museums, all led by experts on daily field trips.
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Program No. 13984RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Capture the colors and shapes of natural and manmade landscapes, from the jagged peaks of the Badlands to the prairies, hills and iconic monuments of the Black Hills. Take images of the diverse wildlife, from bison to bighorn sheep. And do it all through the lens of learning with expert photography instructors. Study composition, exposure and lighting techniques while in the field and benefit from one-on-one critiquing during this intensive digital photography program designed for amateur and advanced photographers interested in improving their overall imaging skills.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles daily on varied terrain. Elevations of 3,400-5,700 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Capture the patriotic essence of Mount Rushmore and sunrise images of banded-color, spine-shaped peaks of the Badlands.
  • Learn about wildlife photography as you search for subjects like bison, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, fox and more in the Black Hills and Badlands.
  • Practice composition as you shoot Devils Tower, an 867-foot-high phonolite porphyry rock, and learn how to refine your waterfalls imagery in Spearfish Canyon.
Featured Expert
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Harlan Humphrey
A native of South Dakota, Harlan Humphrey has always loved to capture the beauty of nature through his photography. For 20 years, Harlan traveled the world during his Army career, retiring as a LTC. He spent 15 years in Alaska, enjoying the wonders of nature, before moving back to his native state of South Dakota. Within the last few years, he has had the time to devote to his love of wildlife and nature photography, and has had his work published numerous times in South Dakota Magazine. He has received honors at the Dahl Mountain Photo Contest, and serves as president of the Black Hills Photography Club. The beautiful Black Hills and Badlands National Park are Harlan’s favorite haunts for pursuing his love of nature photography.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Harlan Humphrey
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