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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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.

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

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Ted Ayers
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Harlan Humphrey
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