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Western Equine Photography Clinic

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Lucky you! Just got a brand spanking new digital camera, but your equine and rodeo shots aren't quite up to snuff? Love photography? Love horses or rodeo? Wondering how you could capture some of the outstanding action photos of horses in action? Or you wish you could create some of those beautiful portraits of horses? Do we have the answer for you!

PRCA Rodeo and Equine photographer, Al Berger is holding a equine clinic for photographers of all skill levels. Al has over 27 years experience in photography. His rodeo photos have been seen in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers like Cowboys and Indians, Pro Rodeo News, National Finals Program, Western Horseman, Mid-Columbian, Humps and Horns, The Competitor News and Cowboy Digest as well as many others. Companies such as Power Service and Priefert use Al's photos to advertise Trevor Brazile and others. As a PRCA photographer, Al is constantly traveling on the Professional rodeo circuit, photographing some of the biggest rodeos in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Al is much sought after as a educator, judge and commentator for many regional camera clubs, photography contests and fairs. He is currently a year round photography instructor for the city of Spokane. Al is available upon request for individual and group lessons at your location or in Spokane. He will setup individual lesson plans based upon the skill level of the photography student. Use the contact form to schedule with Al for individual or group lessons. 

Our next photography clinic is scheduled for 09-11 May 2014. Additional clinics will be scheduled at alternate times if enough requests are received. Al will be holding his 2 and 1/2 day, hands on educational clinic for Western Equine and Rodeo Photographers at that time. Make sure to mark it down on your calendar and secure your place in the class. 

Our class schedule looks like this:

Rodeo_Clinic_1On Friday morning of the clinic, we will review camera equipment including strobes used for capturing the fast action at rodeos and equestrian events. A hands on discussion will be held concerning processing and work flow of digital images. A practical review of Photoshop, making Photoshop Actions and how it comes into play regarding your images will follow. Educational chat about copyrights and sound business practices will wrap up the morning. After a furnished lunch we will head into the arena and create some images. A teaching critique of your progress will wrap up the afternoon session. You are encouraged to continue the discussion after dinner if you wish.

Saturday morning, we will review information covered the previous morning. Our goal is to remove any doubts you may have in using the dreaded "Manual" settings on your camera. Then you will get practical hands on experience working with flash equipment. An overview of positioning and angles in the arena for equine and rodeo photography will follow. After a furnished lunch, we will go into the arena where you will get the chance to photograph horses, both in action and posed, with and without strobes. We will download and review images taken and discuss what worked for you and what didn't.

PSN Cover July 2010Sunday morning, we will meet for breakfast, then, travel to another beautiful location for an opportunity to photograph one of the region's most photographed scenes. After a short review on site, we will wrap up the clinic at 1 pm. You won't be left high and dry after our clinic. Al encourages you to contact him via email or telephone with questions or for critiques on your work after completing his clinic.

Participation is limited so reserve your place in the clinic now. Contact us soon for more details regarding the class and financial details. Make sure you bring your cameras and lens so you can learn to create the images you dream of with your own equipment. A local camera store will have a rep on hand with Canon and Nikon equipment you may try in the arena. We will furnish hotel information or camping sites in the local area upon your request.

If you have any questions please call Al 509-924-1700 or email Al using this email link 
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3623 S. Smith St
Spokane, Wa 99223
509-924-1700