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
On Your Feet
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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Ted Ayers
For over 65 years, Ted has combined his love for photography, hiking and backpacking by capturing landscapes, wildlife and other natural wonders. After retiring from NASA in 1993, Ted devoted much of the next 10 years to these passions and began giving talks to schools, clubs and a lodge in Yosemite. He and his wife moved to Rapid City in 2004 where he has served as president of the Black Hills Photographic Club and as a volunteer for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
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Ted Ayers
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