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Summer 2014 EPNet Newsletter


The 2014 Great American Horse Drive
Sombrero Ranch excitement!

Photo by Joan DavisThis marked our eighth year at the Sombrero Ranch for the Photo Workshop and Great American Horse Drive. Workshop sessions lead by Scott Trees and head wrangler Chuck Hummel once again did not disappoint, with photo sessions ranging from large herd drives, roping in the corrals, a stage coach hold up, horses and cowboys coming through the water and so much more.

Nikon rep Mark Kettenhofen provided the latest and greatest gear from Nikon as well as technical support and Sherron Sheppard lead several classroom sessions in Photoshop for those interested in improving their skills. While the weather proved to be a challenge with high, brisk winds, the temperature was warmer for the Horse Drive. Our photographers were treated to access to the corrals and our drivers found the best spots to shoot all the action. What an incredible experience!

Guest photographer Janet Kotwas writes more about the Drive.

Enjoy some more samples of the event photos.


Summer Solstice Album
Photographs from around the world on June 21st

The Summer Solstice Album is open for ratings and comments from all registered Forum members. This album will close to ratings on August 1st. If you participated in this project please take a few minutes to rate and comment on the images. Everyone is welcome to view, rate and comment on the images.


Photo by Carien SchippersPowderhorn Ranch
Women's Retreat

Douglas, Wyoming 
August 14th - 18th, 2014


Ladies: We invite you to join us and share four days with the wonderful True family on the spectacular Powderhorn Ranch.

Shoots will include: mares and foals, herds of horses being moved by the True cowgirls, fast action, scenic backdrops and locations, silhouettes, portraits and much more! View some of the photos created the last two years.

This is a great opportunity to work on your western lifestyle portfolio in a truly special location. All images are fully released. Email info@equinephotographers.org for cost and space availability.


Beyond a Photograph . . . into a Painting - with Sherron Sheppard
Online Course starts September 14th

Take your photography in a new direction with Sherron's Corel Painter Workshop for Photographers. Giving your images an artistic spin can open up new markets for your work. Learn to transform your photographs into paintings and develop your own unique style. This course will cover Corel Painter digital painting techniques with tutorials, step-by-step instructions and online discussions of each other's work. Sherron will show you her tricks for automating workflow and saving time through shortcuts.

Read more ⇒


California Dreamin': Beyond the Ordinary
Equine Photography Workshop

October 30th - November 2nd, 2014 Thousand Oaks, California

Join us at beautiful Tilleywood Andalusians in Thousand Oaks, California for an intensive and educational workshop with Scott Trees. Scott has been teaching photography workshops around the world, with the goal of helping students improve their photographic efforts in general and specifically with horses.

Read more ⇒


Photo by Linda DoaneWinter Photo Fun at the
Hideout Ranch!

February 8th - 14th, 2015 
The Hideout Ranch, Shell, Wyoming


This workshop is an exceptional opportunity to photograph horses in winter in the snow at the luxurious Hideout Ranch in Shell, Wyoming.

Spend five days photographing cowboys working horses in the snow with the stunning Big Horn Mountains as a backdrop. Here is your chance to build your winter stock portfolio in a unique and exclusive setting.

Read more ⇒


Join us for the 2014 Horses in Need Project!
This EPNet Project is open to all photographers!

We are committed to helping horses in need with this annual project. Learn more by reading about previous Horses in Need Projects.

Do you have an idea for a project, or know of a rescue that needs quality images of their horses? Contact one of our volunteer photographers!


Photography Tip
from Shelley Paulson

Photo by Shelley PaulsonUse the "highlight" alert/warning feature on the back display of your camera as a quick way to test your exposure. You may need to turn this feature on in the camera's menus. It will make overexposed areas blink on and off.

When you have a dark background, the camera's light meter will be fooled and it will likely overexpose the image, meaning that the light areas of the image will be "blown out" and not very easy to recover, if at all.

I always use manual settings and after making a test photo with the settings I think will be right I check that there are no "blinkies," especially on the skin. That way I know I am getting an exposure with lots of room to shape it into what I want it to be.



Good Reads

Thinking of a Career as an Equine Photographer?
Sophie Callahan writes about the pros and cons of being an equine photographer in Haynet.

Protecting Your Images
Have you ever wondered about the stories behind photos you have seen on the internet? Here is an excellent article from Horse Collaborative about such a photo that is a good reminder for all photographers to protect their images by watermarking!

Read more about how you can protect your images online.


Member News

Carol Walker joined the Board of Directors of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation as the Director of Field Documentation. Carol also has a new large hardcover coffee table book coming out in October, 2014 from the publisher Edition Glenat in France titled Mustang: The Heart of the American Legend.

Pamela Steege is pleased to announce that her image Rear View was chosen for the juried exhibition and sale An Artists Christmas Gala. The formal affair will be held November 15th, 2014 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas. Also watch for Rear View in the October issue of Fort Worth, Texas magazine.

Gigi Embrechts had a cover on the Draft Horse Journal and a featured article about the Horse Fisherman in Belgium. She also shares her experience of working with an artist in her blog.
Another article that any artist working from photos should read appears on About Home on line.

Photo by Irene Mcdermott Irene McDermott had an image (left) juried into the Calgary Stampede Art Show.

Sharon Packer is now working as editor for World Dressage News.


Carol Parker of Arizona shares that she is the featured artist at the Agora Gallery in New York City: The Substance of Form, July 29th, 2014 - August 19th, 2014.


Barb Young has been invited to participate in the Artists Alpine Holiday show in Ouray, Colorado and the Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show in Montrose, Colorado in September. AAH in Ouray is the largest and oldest art show on the western slope, and attracts a wide variety of talented artists each year.

The Cloud FoundationKim Michels Photography is one of the featured artists at The Cloud Foundation's Celebration of Wild Horses through Art and Music. The opening reception is on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 5:30 - 9:30 MST. The reception will feature presentations by filmmaker Ginger Kathrens and Opus Moon, Cindy and Bill Loos' musical journey into the world of wild horses. The art exhibit runs August 1st - 31st, 2014 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Celebration continues when Ginger Kathren's presents a free screening of Cloud: The Challenge of the Stallions at the Tim Gill Center for Public Communication August 6th, 2014, 315 East Costilla, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. Funds raised will help TCF continue ongoing work to educate the public, document and monitor the remaining wild horse herds on public lands, and to be a voice for of these voice-less and elegant symbols of freedom.
Read more ⇒

Kim also writes about her visit with the Pryor Freedom Family for the Cloud Foundation.


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