Black Hills South Dakota

Spaces available: 13/15 * Price: $40/Day | 2 Days Minimum *

Schedule Overview

*Schedule can change, participants will be notified*

Friday Afternoon

2pm-5pm

Join us at base camp to get acquainted, set up camp, and prepare equipment for the evening’s photography sessions!

Friday Evening

5:30pm-8:30pm

Early in the evening we will enjoy a nice trail walk and begin familiarizing ourselves with photo composition, exposure, and various camera settings you’ll find useful for various types of photography.

Friday Night

10:30pm-1am

As darkness falls, and clear skies permitting, join us on an astrophotography adventure and learn how to capture the stars and our beloved Milky Way Galaxy.


Saturday Morning

7:30am-8:30am

Wake up with the sun and watch it give birth to light, shadows, and warmth on the eastern Black Hills.

Saturday Evening

3:30pm-8:30pm

Time to trek another trail! Lets reach the peak before sundown to capture beautiful sunsets falling beneath the western hills! On this hike we will pack with us our evening meal to maximize our time within the hills, have supper at the top while delving into the basics landscape photography.


Sunday Morning

5:45am-8:30am

Wake up before the sun and watch it give birth to light, shadows, and warmth upon the eastern Black Hills.


Sign up now while spaces are available!

What Can You Expect?

  • By the end of the weekend you will have a comfortable understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and various other settings on your camera and how they interrelate to one another.
  • You will be able to compose and expose your frame for beautiful landscape photographs.
  • You will connect with nature and other individuals with similar interests, forming life long friendships and memories.

Need To Know

  • You are responsible for your own safety and insurance that covers you and your equipment. Please be sure to know the physical requirements of each trip and your capability of completing each hike.
  • You will be responsible for lodging and any applicable fees.
  • You will be responsible for providing your own food. Please bring enough to last the duration of your stay.

Resources

Lodging or Campsites

Anyone attending is welcome to stay at our campsite (space permitting) which we will disclose once decided upon. If you choose to stay at alternative campsites, cabins, or hotels, no worries. Here are some resources you may use to find the correct weekend nest:

Need To Bring

  • Camera
  • Extra batteries and/or battery bricks to recharge
  • Backpack/Daypack (Big enough to fit your camera equipment, snacks/small meal, water)
  • Headlamp or flash light (for night hikes)
  • Food & Water (For duration of your stay)
  • Camping essentials (Tent, cookware, etc.)
    *Only applicable if staying at base camp or alt. campsites*
  • A positive attitude, an eagerness to learn, and a love for nature.

Recommended

  • Rain Gear (poncho, rain covers, trash bags)
  • Tripod (Needed for astrophotography and long exposure photography)
  • Snacks (Cliff Bars, Jerkey, Trail Mix, etc.)
  • Extra Socks
  • COMFORTABLE footwear (Heavy boots may make you miserable. You’ve been warned!)

Leave No Trace. | Pack it in, pack it out. | Respect the Land and it’s Creatures.

Need Recommendations?

Whether you need advice on camping equipment or camera gear, we can help guide you.

First Time Camping?

I understand that new terrain can seem unfamiliar and a bit scarier to some more than others. I can assure you that most of our hikes and activities are low to medium intensity. The best way to pick up some new skill sets is to be around and learn from others with experience while applying a “can do” or willingness to assist effort.

Setting Intention

What do you want from this? Do you want to better yourself at photography? Do you want to learn new and alternative methods to add to your toolbox of creativity? Do you want to share new experiences with like-minded people in incredible environments that will imprint in your memory for a lifetime?
No matter what your intention may be, bring it with you and make it clear. In one way or another, we’re all here to grow, to have fun, and to connect.