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Colorado Cowboys & Horses Workshops
Photo Workshop - May 3 - May 7, 2020

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. The classroom portion of the Workshop includes a Photoshop seminar session with Sherron Sheppard on Wednesday May 6th. On Thursday our photographers will travel into the Sombrero Ranch Outback by truck to explore the back country and enjoy a steak fry lunch with the wranglers, followed by an evening slide show of images at the Hampton.

Participants should bring their own cameras and notebook computers. Please email us if you have questions.

Sombrero Photo Workshop

Sunday, May 3

» Check In of all Workshop attendees

Check in with us at the Hampton Inn Meeting Room at 9AM to get signed in, program of events, your goodie bag and meet other attendees.

» Orientation

10:00 AM 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. A light lunch and snacks will be provided.

2PM Sombrero Ranch, see below


Sombrero Ranch Shoot - Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, May 3-5

We will spend Sunday afternoon and evening, Monday all day and Tuesday morning 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. All shoots will be planned according to weather and light conditions. Smaller educational sessions will also be offered. Lunch and Dinner included.

Wednesday, May 6

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

» Photoshop Session with Sherron Sheppard

2:00 PM, Hampton Inn Meeting Room

More details TBA …

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 7

» Group Discussion Sessions

10AM- 2PM Sombrero Ranch Outback Steak Fry: explore the back country by truck and enjoy a steak fry lunch with the wranglers.

Afternoon: supervised work time with Sherron Sheppard, image reviews, print your photos for our models on the Sony Snap Lab.

» 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 (including Photoshop Session) is $1895. Join us for the Horse Drive as well for a total of $3195.
View further information on photographing the Horse Drive event. Register now with a small deposit to save your spot. Deposits are non refundable.

Submit your REGISTRATION FORM and deposit online. Spaces are limited. Registration and payment in full must be received by April 1, 2020.



The workshop includes all meals, snacks and drinks during activity days, except where noted. Lodging is not included. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. Our home base will be the Hampton Inn in Craig. EPNet will have a reserved block of rooms that will be held until April 10th 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. Register now and we will notify you when the rooms are available.

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, we will have info for ground transportation into Craig available. Once you arrive in Craig, we will coordinate rides to the events for all participants. Trucks and drivers will be provided during the Drive portion of the event.

Attendees will be able to coordinate travel with other participants via the event email list.

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!

Questions? Contact us.

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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