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December, 2011 EPNet News

EPNet Beyond the Ordinary Workshop
with Scott Trees

Submitted by Tina Thuell

Eleven seriously fun equine photographers all with various levels of expertise and from all over the country came together to learn from world renowned equine photographer Scott Trees, who leant his tremendous talent and 40 years of experience to EPNet's first Texas workshop. Held at the stunning Black Star Farm in Rockwell, TX whose stalls and fields are full of some of the most beautiful warm bloods and sport horses I have ever seen. Run by Jackie, Lisa and Jessica Blackmon, Black Star farm is home to numerous world champion dressage horses and is a leading training facility in Texas. BIG WOW FACTOR!

Team Thuell

EPNet consistently puts together some of the most creative and credible instructional equine photography workshops available. As a completely self taught photographer I actively seek out workshops that will not only enhance my photography skills, but will also feed my creative spirit and put me in the company of other great like minded photographers. This workshop did all of that. Scott Trees is an open book, willing to break down the steps of creating unique images and always by finding the best light possible in all situations. It's not always easy to find the words to describe to folks what happens in the brain and in the heart when you are looking to create beautiful images. Scott really opens the door to that process which is no easy feat. Your ''EYE' is your signature, it is your personality, your emotion, your life experience all coming together in that moment to create an image that distinctly speaks of who YOU are and specifically how you relate to what you are photographing. To a great extent, developing an 'EYE' cannot be taught as such in the traditional sense. This is no doubt one of the greatest challenges for most photographers is to find their own unique way to express themselves through their work. Scott was not there to help all of us learn how to shoot like Scott. Quite the contrary, he was there to help all of us learn how to shoot great images by finding our own style. Scott's career speaks for itself and one of the great things about Scott is that he is so willing to share his vast knowledge in an effort to help other photographers be the best that they can be. He has won the awards, published the books, photographed the best of the best, from the United states to the sheikhs and kings of the far east. Now, his goals have shifted and he looks to share his knowledge and all that he knows with those that are wanting to learn.

Scott's workshop touched on many different aspects ranging from head shots, portraits, conformation and my favorite, the night shoot using a fog machine with a great mix of equine and human models and a world champion dressage mare, a retired circus horse and bevy of other beauties. Add to this mix a generous amount of discussion time covering lots of technical topics as well as the how, what, where and when of some of his most iconic images. The most important aspect of that talk was for me to know and believe that I can create my own magic and hopefully my own work that will one day stand alone. Will it happen over night or tomorrow, or a year or three or more down the road…I don't know, and that's OK because I am in the process and I am happy and excited about the future and with the help of my many mentors and friends along the way I know I am on the right path!

Upcoming EPNet Workshops:

Photo by Gabriele Boiselle Gabriele Boiselle's Photo Workshop in Florida in March - a second session has been added! Internationally known photographer Gabriele Boiselle will return to the USA to lead two photo workshops in the Wellington, Florida area in March, 2012. Gabriele's mission in her photographic work is to capture the soul and essence of the horse and she will share her passion and knowledge with the workshop participants while focusing on the technical aspects of creating successful equine photography.

The Annual Colorado and Cowboys Workshop and Horse Drive - four great educational opportunities plus the photo ops of a lifetime! Join us in May in Colorado for unparalleled photo opportunities at the Sombrero Ranch and Great American Horse Drive. Four events will be offered: an educational video workshop, an educational photo workshop, two class sessions with Photoshop guru Sherron Sheppard and the horse drive. Nikon will be attending with gear for participants to test drive!

Photo by Carien Schippers

Protecting your Images Online
Submitted by Barb Young

How can we photographers promote and share our images without using the internet? Other than "old fashioned" flyers and direct mail, we can't really, at least not so easily or efficiently. So, how can we protect our images, when we do post them online, whether in a forum, on a social networking site or our own websites? Read more . . .

What It Takes
Submitted by Jared Lloyd

"Where you get your break is shooting personal projects in your backyard, your home town, places you can go repeatedly. Find something we haven't done, make it your own, and beat it to death. Put your blood, sweat, and tears in there . . . take a subject that is your own and spend four or five years on it. And if your balk at doing that, well, that's where we weed out the pretenders." – Michael "Nick" Nichols, National Geographic staff wildlife photographer and editor at large. Read more . . .

What's happening at EPNet?

Visit our latest Image Showcases to see some of the great work being submitted for recent fun shoots and assignments!

Photo by Priscilla Miller

Deadline to upload to the Horses in Need Project is December 15. This project is open to all, please join us as we once again use our cameras to document horses in need from around the world.

Join us on December 22 for our annual 24 hour Winter Solstice Project! This project is open to all.

Sherron Sheppard will lead her Photoshop Fundamentals course online and present two Photoshop sessions in Craig Colorado at the The Annual Colorado and Cowboys Workshop. Join Sherron Sheppard as she once again leads her popular online course Photoshop Fundamentals. She will also be presenting two hands-on Photoshop sessions at the upcoming Colorado workshop.

Photo by Barb Young

Call for Entries for the 2012 Equine Ideal Photo Contest. New for this year: Wild Horse Category to be judged by Tony Stromberg with a portion of the profits to be donated to the Cloud Foundation. The official rules and entry form are available online.


Member News

We are sorry to report that long time member Ruth Lake lost her battle to cancer in September. Her positive and generous spirit will be missed in our community. We have created an annual Scholarship in her memory for General Members ready to make the move to professional status. This year's scholarships were awarded to Michelle Twohig and Robert Bruss.

Manuela Stefans' images of horses in the Camargue "White: Power and Grace" have been displayed at the Loft Gallery and Leonardo Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Bobbie Goodrich won an Honorable Mention for her image "Impassioned" in the The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards

Photo by Lynne Pomeranz


Lynne Pomeranz reports that she is now represented by Beals & Abbate Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Marti Rhea had the opportunity to photograph Cavalia while it was in Portland Oregon and also has her art in the Yamhills Gallery and the Coos Art Museum

Carol Walker reports that her book Horse Photography: The Dynamic Guide for Horse Lovers is a finalist in the prestigious USA Best Books Awards. She also has an exhibit of her wild horse images at the Agora Gallery in NYC until December 20.

Debby Thomas reports that The Virginia Horse Industry Board just purchased her photos exclusively for their new brochure and was the photographer and designer for the 2012 Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Calendar. She also is showing work at "Changing Reins," in Ashland, Virginia.

Photo by Joan Davis

Joan Davis was nominated for an award in the pro sports category in the 6th annual Black and White Spider Awards.



Leslie Heemsbergen was awarded a 3rd place and Honorable mention at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon 2011

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