North Texas Horse County Equine Photography Workshop

North Texas Horse County Equine Photography Workshop
Presented by Terri Cage Photography
April 19-21, 2013
Denton County, Texas

Spend a weekend photographing some of the most beautiful horses and ranches in the area. Anyone from beginners to the more experienced will enjoy this workshop. Examples* of some of the places we will visit will include mare and foals, cutting horses, Friesians, Mustangs in training, liberty shoots, beautiful scenery, barns, and more!

Any camera type is welcome, but it is recommended that you use a DSLR with at least a 100mm lens (200mm preferred). If you have a larger lens, you may bring it also, it might be too much lens in some cases, but you also might be glad you have it occasionally  If you do not have any of these, I can suggest places that rent these items.
You can sign up for the whole weekend or just part of it!

Here is the plan:
Friday: 5-9 p.m. Basic photography skills and camera functions – if you are shooting on auto, you need to attend this or you will not understand the rest of the workshop. You will learn: use of light and composition of subjects, the basic functions of your camera, and what all the buttons do.
Saturday : Sunrise to sunset. We will visit a couple ranches, then have lunch and review some of the images that everyone has taken and go over some equine photography tips. Then we learn the benefits of giving back, donating time to local rescues. We will make one last stop at another ranch and spend several hours there.  Near the end, we will use some off-camera/artificial lighting to achieve some dramatic images!
Sunday: A quick morning visit to another ranch for one last hands-on session, then an early lunch and classroom work. We will spend several hours on post production using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6. If you do not have these, free 30-day trial versions are available. I would wait until a few days before the workshop before you download. I am not a Lightroom or Photoshop guru, but I can show many basic uses and easy fixes to get you started in understanding their functions. We will end the day with learning the business, which will be great for those wanting to start their own photography business, not just equine. You will learn things I wish I knew when starting out.
*These are what is planned, but because of the nature of the horse business, some circumstances may change the actual subjects or locations.

What is included:
  • Electronic handouts
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Snacks throughout the weekend
  • Online gallery for you to share images with ranch owners
  • Model & property releases
What is not included:
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Transportation – we will have a meet-up place and I encourage carpooling from ranch to ranch.
  • Lodging- I can recommend some local hotels. If you want to split a room, I can put you in contact with others that want to do the same
  • Camera equipment
  • Computer equipment
What you should bring:
Taken at one of the ranches scheduled to visit
  • Appropriate, comfortable clothing- Be prepared to shoot in any kind of weather condition. Heavy downpours, or severe weather may change the agenda for the day, other wise we stay on schedule. Raingear is recommended to bring. Pastures are very damp in the morning and you will get wet. I suggest wearing rubber boots in pastures. Bring a change of clothes just in case!
  • Camera
  • Back-up camera if you have one
  • Lens – At least a 100mm. I use a 70-200 most of the time. Also a wide angle lens.
  • Plenty of battery power and a charger
  • Lots of memory cards
  • Monopod- This will really save your arms for long days.
  • Tripod is optional- may not use when we are close to horses, but great for some scenic images and inside of barns
  • Anything else you can think of- I live by the saying, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
What is required:
Photoshop techniques
  • To watch an equine safety PowerPoint presentation that will be sent to those attending
  • You will need to sign waiver/releases before.
  • You will need to agree to some safety rules.
Payment plan available!

How to get 50% off the Complete Workshop
Post a favorite horse related photo to my Facebook Page and get an entry. Have your friends like my page & like your photo and get another entry for each like.

Follow me on twitter and send me a message and get another entry.

I will draw and announce the winner on March 15!