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Photo Workshop - April 30 - May 4, 2017

Craig, Colorado


Equine Photographers Network Photo Workshop Schedule

The Sombrero Ranch photo sessions will be led by Scott Trees and Carien Schippers on Monday and Tuesday with assistance and equipment from Mark Kettenhofen from Nikon. View Mark's video from the 2012 Workshop and Horse Drive below. The classroom portion of the Workshop includes two Photoshop seminar sessions with Sherron Sheppard on Sunday April 30th and Wednesday May 3rd. More details TBA.

Select Nikon gear will be available for participants to try at the workshop sessions along with technical support. Participants should bring their own cameras and notebook computers. Please email us if you have questions.

Sombrero Photo Workshop

Sunday, April 30

» Check In

Please check in at one of the following times:
9:00 - 9:30 AM, 1:30 - 2:00 PM or 4:30 - 5:00 PM, Hampton Inn Meeting Room
Check in for all workshop attendees to get their packet, directions, schedule and goodie bags.

» Pushing Images to the Max with Sherron Sheppard (Optional)

9:30 AM Morning Session, Hampton Inn Meeting Room

In this session you will learn fundamental Photoshop skills and composition and design rules that will give your images more impact. By using the basic design rules and fundamental Photoshop techniques you will be able to maximize all of the potential that an image has to offer.

Please bring from home at least 5 images that can be cropped to around 5" x7" @300 dpi in a horizontal format. We'll be using these images Sunday since you won't have any workshop images that you can use. The images should be completed images that have been edited and retouched and suitable for greeting cards.

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Supplies to bring Sunday: Bring a laptop computer with Photoshop or Elements version 9 or later installed. Also bring a power strip, all of your computer cables, a mouse and a Wacom Tablet and Wacom Pen if you have one, notebook and pen.
Note: Please make sure your Wacom Tablet works in Photoshop and you have installed the latest driver.

» Orientation

2:00 PM Orientation Session, Hampton Inn Meeting Room

What to expect and orientation for the Sombrero Ranch Shoots, equipment and shoot overviews with Scott Trees and Carien Schippers. This session is highly recommended for all new attendees to prepare for the ranch shoot sessions.

Dinner on your own

Sombrero Ranch Shoot - Monday & Tuesday, May 1 & 2

We will spend two full days at Sombrero Ranch with exclusive access to a group of cowboys and cowgirls and a large herd of horses. We will be able to set up shoots and photograph the cowboys as they go about their work. Scott Trees will lead various sessions at the ranch. Photo ops and set ups will include roping, herd drives, water crossings, work in the corrals, portraits, detail shoots, extreme action and lighting. Smaller educational sessions will also be offered. Lunch and Dinner included.

Wednesday, May 3

Free morning to explore the nearby Sandwash Wild Horse Range or the Craig area or just kick back.

» The Sky's the Limit with Sherron Sheppard (Optional)

2:00 PM, Hampton Inn Meeting Room

Wednesday's session will be a hands-on workshop that will stretch your thinking about what you can do to your images. Every photographer is looking for something that sets them apart from others. Being different is another word for being creative. After learning fundamental techniques, you will want to develop your own unique digital "art"style and push your creativity beyond the basics. In this workshop you will learn how to add "art" embellishments to give your images more impact and to make them stand out among others.

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Supplies to bring Wednesday: Bring a laptop computer with Photoshop or Elements version 9 or later installed. Also bring a power strip, all of your computer cables, a mouse and a Wacom Tablet and Wacom Pen if you have one, notebook and pen.
Note: Please make sure your Wacom Tablet works in Photoshop and you have installed the latest driver.

Thursday, May 4

» Group Discussion Sessions

9:00 AM, Hampton Inn Meeting Room

Supervised Photoshop work time with Sherron Sheppard

Informal portfolio reviews, print your photos for our models on the Sony Snap Lab and discussions.

» Parting Party

7:00 PM, Hampton Inn Meeting Room, evening photo reviews with the Sombrero crew!

Staying for the Horse Drive? More details . . .


The Photo Workshop (includes Photoshop Sessions) is $1895.
View further information on photographing the Horse Drive event.

Submit your REGISTRATION FORM online. Space is limited. Advance deposits are encouraged to reserve your spot. Registration and payment in full must be received by April 1, 2017.


The workshop includes all meals, snacks and drinks during activity days, except where noted. Lodging is on your own. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. Our home base will be the Hampton Inn in Craig. EPNet has negotiated a special event rate and reserved a block of rooms that will be held until April 15th or until the block is sold out. Use the group code "Equine Photographers" when making arrangements by phone (970-826-9900) to receive the special rate. Book early!

Transportation & Directions

The closest airport is Yampa Valley Regional Airport (use airport code "HDN"). It is the only commercial service airport serving all of Northwest Colorado - some travel sites call it Steamboat Springs or Hayden Airport. The airport is located approximately 25 minutes from Craig.

For those flying into the Hayden airport and looking for transportation to Craig: All Around Taxi charges $46 for the first person, half price for each additional. Call the day before with your flight info so they can pick you up: 970-824-1177. They run 8:00 AM - 2:30 AM. Information on other ground transportation. You will be able to coordinate travel with others via the event email list.

Once you arrive in Craig, you will be able to share rides to the events with other members. Transportation will be provided during the Drive event.

What to Bring:

Camera and film or digital media, a variety of lenses from wide to telephoto is recommended.
Spare batteries
Photos/Portfolio for review
Laptop to review your work
Rain Gear and comfortable walking shoes, be prepared for rugged terrain and extremes of weather - snow is possible
Canned Air: Yes, there is a lot of dust to contend with during this workshop!

What do past participants say?

"Not having done much in the equine photography world before, I was very intrigued when I first learned of EPN's Sombrero Ranch Workshop and the Horse Drive. After reading the background and doing a little research, my expectations were fairly high on being able to be amongst horses, real ranch hands and in an exciting photo shooting environment. And, I hoped that I might even be able to catch sight of some of the wild Mustang horses that roam the open federal lands in Northeastern Colorado and Southwestern Wyoming. I've been on numerous photography workshops, and they sometimes don't measure up to my standards, either for the setting, shooting opportunities, instruction, schedule or facilities. That sure wasn't the case here! This far exceeded even my best expectations. I cannot think of anything more in the way of shooting, action and of course, wonderful animals in such an authentic Western setting that I could have asked for." Jim Smith, Bend, Oregon

"I have to say this was truly the BEST workshop EVER! Thank you EPNet for this amazing opportunity/workshop. I cannot believe how many photo opportunities we were presented. The Models/Wranglers at Sombrero were awesome. A handsome bunch. And the horses, so many horses. It was a really cool experience, I will never forget. " Heather Swan, Ontario, Canada


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