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Horses in Need Project
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April 2009 News Roundup

EPNet Boiselle Workshops a Success

Winter Workshops with Gabriele Boiselle
Submitted by Lisa Kemp

Both Florida weather and horses cooperated for a successful and enjoyable March workshop series with internationally recognized equine photographer Gabriele Boiselle. Noticeable improvement was each attendee’s outcome, since through reviews of both prior work and our best images from the Ocala shoots we saw everyone’s sensitivity, perspective, and skills evolve. Gabriele’s guidance on both technicals and technique, combined with hands-on feedback during each shoot, allowed every individual to shine and find their own best equine images.

Photo by Carien Schippers

The Intermediate and Pro workshops each included a variety of horse breeds, lighting conditions, and scenery to stretch everyone’s abilities in a short period of time. Attendees were free to concentrate on their learning in the full-immersion environment, since Carien Schippers, Darlene Wohlart, and Gabriele did all the legwork. Securing locations, handling releases and paperwork, scouting the best lighting and backgrounds for each shoot, and providing meals and snacks meant that each attendee’s focus was literally on their camera and the horses. But it wasn’t all work; there was play and fun, too, especially at the group meals! Everyone walked away with new knowledge, new friends, and new techniques to try at home. View some of the images from this event here.

View some great images taken by workshop attendees.

Don’t miss our next workshop:

Colorado Cowboys and the
Great American Horse Drive

Photo by Carien Schippers

The 7th Annual Spring Equine Photography Workshop is planned for Craig, Colorado for May 3 – May 10, 2009.

This year’s event features two exciting offerings: the Member’s Workshop at the Sombrero Ranch, and by special invitation, the opportunity to photograph the 800 horse, 60 mile Great American Horse Drive. 2009 will mark the 50th anniversary for this exciting and unique event.

Scott Trees and Carien Schippers will lead the photo sessions at the ranch as well as portfolio and photo reviews, Susan Sexton with present a session on editing your photos and Carol Walker will be presenting Wild Horses and Self Publishing for the Equine Photographer. As a grand finale of the workshop session don’t miss the Thursday evening photo review session attended by our models and cowboys at the Craig VFW, always a lively affair!

New for the 2009: An authentic, restored stagecoach drawn by a team of four horses will be part of this year's workshop!

Participants will be able to print photos during the workshop on a Sony Snap Lab, courtesy of Spectrum Imaging. Check out the link to see how it makes prints without a computer. Imaging Spectrum has lent us one of these for the last few years and it is really handy to make quick prints up to 5x7.

Special thanks to our other participating sponsors who have sent great tools and toys for participants to use as well as lots of cool promotional materials and prizes for our drawings. This year's sponsors include Lensbaby, Frame Destination, Archival Methods, Lumiquest, Lightware, Pictobooks, Imaging Spectrum, Fine Print Express and Nik Software.

See the complete overview of events.

EPNet Photographers for Rescue and Horses in Need Photo Project

EPNet Members are creating an awareness campaign by using their photojournalism skills to highlight adverse issues or situations regarding horse welfare and to help promote equine protection.

A call is being put out to rescue groups and rescue workers who are interested in having their work documented and brought to the attention of the world. Possible story ideas might include recycled racehorses, sanctuaries, BLM holding pens, auction houses, retirement facilities, rescue foster homes, and rescue workers. Each story idea should include no more than eight photos accompanied by editorial text.

Additional information on participating in this project can be found on the forum.

EPNet Photographers for Rescue:
A list of photographers available to donate their services to rescue workers and organizations is now available.

Upcoming Online Courses

The Basics of Equine Photography
Starts June 1, 2009
Join Carien Schippers in this intensive on line course that will focus on photographing horses with the goal being for students to get consistently good, usable photos. Each week will cover a new topic starting with the best equipment for equine photography, followed by photographing conformation, head shots and action. This course is meant to be a hands-on class and participants will be encouraged to shoot each week or, if possible, every day, posting their work, asking questions and helping classmates. All skill levels are encouraged to take this course and participants will receive individual attention with personal feedback that addresses their own goals and skills. The course will begin June 1st.
More information is available on the course site.

The Art of the Equine - Human Portrait
Starts August 1, 2009
Shelley Paulson will help you learn how to photograph horses and people together in a way that is natural and meaningful. In this six week online course you will learn how to set up and prepare for a portrait session, finding the best light for portraits, appropriate camera settings, posing people and horses, working with locations, environmental portraits, and capturing the emotional connection between horses and people.
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about the course.

Member News

Because of Horses: Scott Trees will be the featured artist at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park until June 14th 2009. Known around the world for his dramatic portrayal of the horses he photographs, this show promises to offer some spectacular imagery. Entitled Because of Horses, the show is a compilation of photographs created during his international travels.

Photo by Scott TreesSays Trees, “Because of horses, I have traveled the world. Because of horses, I have had the opportunity to capture the essence and beauty of exotic locations. Because of horses, I have met interesting people from all walks of life. Because of horses, I have learned much and have had a remarkable journey in life. This show is an effort to share some of those images that chronicle my journey.”

A special Artists Reception will be held June 4, 2009 in the Main Gallery of the International Museum of the Horse, and will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Annual Egyptian Event. Visit

More Member News . . .

Work by Jill Fleming, Bev Petit and Carien Schippers was juried into the American Royal Western Art Show in Kansas City, May 1 & 2.

Photo by Bev PetitCongratulations to Bev Petit, Featured Photographer in the Photoshop Lightroom Section of Photoshop User as well as her exciting rodeo image on the cover of the April issue of Photoshop User.

See more tear sheets and covers and new Image Showcases from our professional members on the forum.

Carol Walker will be signing copies of her book Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses at Downtown Books in Craig, Colorado on Thursday, May 7 from 4-6 PM.

Sponsor Spotlight: Archival Methods

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Please, be sure to enter at check out or mention the coupon code: CODE # 11544 for 15% off your next order. (Valid until 08/30/2009) Visit Archival Methods or call 866-877-7050.

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