South Dakota
Digital Photography: Black Hills, Badlands and Mount Rushmore Area
Photograph the unique landscapes of the Black Hills, Badlands and Mount Rushmore Area, enjoying daily workshops, lectures by experts and visits to the region’s museums and monuments.
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Program No. 13984RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Let your lens capture the patriotic essence of Mount Rushmore and the elusive mystique of Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills and the layers of color and spine-shaped peaks of the Badlands. With hands-on instruction by a professional photographer, learn the basics of digital photography’s composition, exposure and lighting.
Activity Level
Walking 1-2 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 photos unique to Rapid City, including life-size president statues, rose garden and Stave Kirk.
  • Snap photos of Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park from various angles, spotting prairie grasses, water falls, bison, bighorn sheep and golden eagles.
  • Let your lens capture banded colors, sharp peaks and valleys of the Badlands, then capture the mystery of Devils Tower’s granite columns towering into the sky.

General Notes

Photographers of all skill levels welcome.
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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.
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Harlan Humphrey
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