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Carolina Foothills Workshop
Colorado Cowboys Workshop
Western Stock Horse Workshop
Winter Solstice Project
Photoshop Fundamentals Course
Member News

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Equine Ideal: Winter 2011 Online Photography Contest

All professional and amateur photographers who seek to capture the ideal image of the horse are invited to enter the 2011 Online Photography Contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers' Network. Two new categories have been added.
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December 2010 EPNet Newsletter

Carolina Foothills Workshop

Photo by Sharon PackerIn November members of EPNet met in North Carolina for the Fall Workshop. The weather and locations were both spectacular providing some truly outstanding and unique photo ops!

From Heather Swan, Ontario, Canada:
"This was the best workshop ever! I cannot believe how much I have learned from this experience. I feel like I am at a new level. I cannot believe all the beautiful places, horses and people EPNet lined up so that we could have these amazing photo opportunities and learning experiences. I am still pinching myself--did we really do all that?! Grand Prix level dressage horse, horses and hounds, carriage horses, beautiful horse farms, a model on stage with a horse! It's was an equine photographer's dream come true to photograph beautiful horses in a gorgeous setting like the Carolina foothills.

What a pleasure it was to spend time with other photographers that are equally passionate about horses."

From Elanor Wainscott:
"While we were there I heard someone comment that it exceeded their expectations and I have to say that I agree with that sentiment! I knew we were going to go to several barns to shoot, but other than that I had no idea what to expect. Well, the sheer amount of stuff they had lined up for us was just so wonderful; conformation shots, horses at liberty, Dressage, Carriage Driving, Horses and Hounds, and even a horse on a stage with a fashion model. Plus, all the little tips along the way, such as pointing out different lighting situations, was just fantastic and really helped to open up my eyes more. I'll never forget butterfly lighting! It really was an Equine Photographer's dream come true!"

See some of the photos from the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops:
2011 Colorado Cowboys Workshops and Great American Horse Drive
April 29 - May 8, 2011

We will be back in Colorado for more great photo ops at the Sombrero Ranch and the Great American Horse Drive. Don't miss this mix of fun and education and the chance to shoot this one of a kind event and some truly amazing and unique images. New for 2011 will be a special session devoted to video production. Nikon will be joining us for both the workshop and the drive with a selection of gear to try out!

See a complete overview of events.

Read about last year's events and view a video created by an attendee. We look forward to lots more videos from this year's new video production workshop.

Photo by Andrea Boody

Western Stock Horse Workshop
Oklahoma May 27-29, 2011

Photographing the Western Stock Horse at Halter and Pleasure with Gail Bates

Would you like to take better Western Stock Horse photos? Join Gail Bates at the Circle C Ranch in the heart of horse country in Oklahoma for this special EPNet Workshop.

This workshop will concentrate on how to correctly photograph the western halter and pleasure horse. Gail Bates will share her experience and expertise with tried and true techniques from 30 years of specializing in photographing the western horse. .

Read the event description.

Photo by Amy Cody2010 Winter Solstice
24 Hour Project

On December 21st we invite photographers from all over the world to participate in this group photo project. Wherever you may be, on December 21st, take a photo of the horse(s) in your part of the world, then post it in the photo album on the forum. This project is open to all, but you will need to register at the forum to be able to upload your photo. More information on our forum.

View the photos from the 2009 Winter Solstice Project


Sherron Sheppard's Digital "ART" Series:
Photoshop Fundamentals: Composition and Design
(Formerly "Photoshop Basics and More")

On Line Course will start on January 9th

This five week on line course is geared to the beginner and intermediate Photoshop users who want to learn basic Photoshop fundamental techniques for creating higher end, fine art images. More advanced Photoshop users will benefit from the Photoshop fundamental review and the emphasis on working with composition and design to create better images.

Complete description and to register for this course.

What are our members up to?
October Challenge

62 members started the October Photo a Day Challenge, and 40 completed it by submitting a photo for each days word. View the slide shows for each days' topic and some of the favourite images that were created for the Challenge!

Horse Radio Network

Scott Trees has been providing photo tips and Gabriele Bosielle was also recently featured on the Horses in the Morning.

Award Winning Photos

Carol Lynn Coronios' Art Print "Dusty Morning Pedicure" won the Open Division at the Syracuse Invitational Art Show, a juried competition held in conjunction with the Syracuse Invitational/National Horse Show in early November. Judges included the executive director of a Syracuse museum, the director of the studio art program at Cazenovia College, Mason Phelps, and Beezie Madden.

Ken Sullins had a photo juried into the Center for Fine Art Photography's "Natural World" Photo Exhibit in Fort Collins, Colorado

More Member News

Roberta McGowan has been approved as a general member of the Association of Professional Rodeo Photographers.

Shelley Paulson blogs about being featured in an ad for Mpix in Popular Photography.

Suzy Lucine was recently named one of the account executives of Horse Coupon Book, a brand new publishing concept in the horse industry. Consisting of more than 500 pages, 100 business categories and 1200+ coupons, the Horse Coupon Book is designed to connect equestrians with hundreds of horse businesses offering exclusive discounts on products and services.

Equine Photography 101 Webinar
with Scott Trees

January 9 – Feb 13, 2011

Learn the secrets of photographing horses from renowned International Equine Photographer Scott Trees in the comfort of your own home! Equine Photography 101 is a four part, on-line webinar packed full of useful information including: equipment considerations, exposure, lighting, composition, different types of equine poses, horse psychology, final output and much, much more.

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