The Badlands


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Location: Badlands National Park in South Dakota

Dates: June 5-9, 2019, Wednesday at 7 pm – Sunday morning at 10

Cost: $989

Details: Badlands National Park is a mesmerizing land of huge skies grounded by towering rock formations. The expansive views in the park give way to roaming herds of bison and big horn sheep. Sunrise and sunset will be spent in the park capturing vista after vista of different types of rock formations. During the midday hours we will visit ghost towns and focus on wildlife photography. We have timed our visit around a new moon to take advantage of incredible night photography, unmarred by city lights. Our trip will be based out of Wall, South Dakota, a town filled with colorful cowboy boots and local characters.

On this course you will learn about:

  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Using filters (what you cannot find in PhotoShop)
  • Lightroom workflow; the ten steps you need to do to every image
  • Maximizing any light source to elevate your images above the rest
  • Astral shooting: capturing star trails and the Milky Way
  • Light painting at night
  • If the opportunity arises we will photograph lightning in passing storms

We will be photographing mornings and evenings with midday classes and image critiques.

Hotel: Best Western in Wall, South Dakota. Group Rate $133.00 per night. Call Debbie at (605) 279-2145 and ask for the Tom Bol group rate. The hotel closes from November -March. To book a room during this time you can call Best Western Reservations at 1-800 528-1234.

Closest Airport: Rapid City Regional Airport in South Dakota. Approx. drive time: one hour

Recommended camera gear:

  • Camera body
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto (24 mm or wider)
  •  Tripod
  • Cable release
  • Polarizing filter
  • 10 stop ND filter (optional)
  • Speed light (optional)
  • Lightning trigger (optional)


Included in the fee:

  • All instruction
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs

Students will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation, airfare, rental car
  • All meals
  • National Park entrance fee

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