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Fall Workshops
Upcoming Events
Winter Solstice
Horses in Need
© Misconceptions
Online Courses
Member News
Mustang Adventures

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December, 2012

Fall Workshops Wrap-up the Year
Events in New York and California

Two EPNet fall workshops were blessed with perfect weather and wonderful locations and models. In October photographers met at the Frost Valley YMCA in the picture perfect Catskill Mountains of New York for a lively portraiture workshop led by the dynamic Betty Cooper.

In November we met at the beautiful Santa Rosa Equestrian Center and were treated to a wonderful variety of horses and models and perfect golden California light and weather for an Equine Photography 101 workshop led by master photographer Scott Trees.

These small, intimate workshops are perfect for photographers of all skill levels to connect with fellow photographers, sharpen their techniques and leave feeling motivated and inspired.

Photos from these workshops may be seen in the Image Showcase.

Upcoming 2013 Events
It's off to Colorado . . .

In 2013 we plan to once again meet in northwest Colorado for another event like no other! Join us for the 2013 Sombrero Ranch Photo Workshop and Great American Horse Drive in late April and early May to photograph more horses than you can imagine. Full details are now available!

Photo by Carien Schippers

Also coming to Colorado in late June will be a workshop with Gabriele Boiselle, details will be available soon.

Photo by Bev Pettit2012 Winter Solstice Project
Photographers from around the world document the lives of horses.

Join us December 20 - 22 for the 2012 Winter Solstice Project! This popular project documents the lives of horses from around the world. Open to all with prizes for the top twelve photos!

Get the details.

2012 Horses in Need Project
Open to all photographers

Photo by Karen BayerlJoin EPNet for the fourth annual Horses in Need Project. All photographers are invited to help create an awareness campaign by using their photojournalism skills to highlight adverse issues or situations regarding horse welfare and to help promote equine protection. Possible story ideas might include recycled racehorses, sanctuaries, BLM holding pens, auction houses, retirement facilities, rescue foster homes, and rescue workers. Deadline for submissions is January 10.

View the 2011 Projects

EPNet maintains a list of member photographers willing to donate their services to rescue workers and organizations.

Misconceptions about Photographers' Photos
Do you know the law?

A recent article in Barrel Horse News titled Illegal Images by Tracy Gantz discusses some common misconceptions regarding photo usage and copyright.

Winter Blues? Try an Online Course!
Two exciting online courses starting in January

Photoshop Fundamentals & Composition and Design with Sherron Sheppard
Begins January 7, 2013
This four week course is geared to the beginner and intermediate Photoshop users who want to learn basic Photoshop techniques for creating higher end, fine art images. Integral discussion of Composition and Design complement newly learned Photoshop skills.

The Art of Seeing Light with Scott Trees
Begins January 28th
Light is the photographer's paintbrush, a critical element in creating a good photograph. Learning how to "see" light is a tool essential for anyone trying to succeed as a photographer. Good lighting can make the difference between a mediocre and an outstanding image. This four week course, presented as video lectures and online discussion, covers the fundamentals of light and lighting.

Member News:
EPNet Members Publish, Score Accolades and More

The article Horse Sense: 12 Tricks to Better Equine Photography by EPNet pro member Ann Gordon was featured as a Professional Photographer Magazine web exclusive.

Photo by Jayne M. SilbermanAward-winning equine photographer, Jayne M. Silberman showcases 136 of her finest Chincoteague and Assateague images in her deluxe, new photo documentary hardcover book, In the Herd. This is the largest collection of horse and pony photos ever to be published covering the beloved breed of Misty fame. Includes an essay on the natural history of the ponies and horses and their habitat. Personally inscribed copies can be ordered directly from Jayne.

Scott Trees discusses the changing world of photography and the importance of valuing your images in this article, republished on the EPNet site.

Photo by Stephanie MoonStephanie Moon's artwork "Teamwork" got an honorable mention in the show "An Equine Jubilee: A Celebration of the Horse in Art" put on at the Delaware (Ohio) Arts Castle. At that same show she also won the People's Choice award for "Spots," the photo shown to the left.

A reporter and photographer from the New York Times visited Carol Walker in Colorado for an interview and to meet her adopted mustangs. Read the article.

EPNet Pro Member, Karen Parker wrote a 32-page photographic chronicle illustrating a fading western culture and the history of the Spanish Mustangs of Caballos de Destino — a Vanishing Breed.

Photo by Debby ThomasCongratulations to members Debby Thomas, Dorothy Puddester, Pam Soderholm and Carol Walker for their placings in the Third Annual Sky-Dog Award for Equine Photography, 2012. Debby Thomas's photo The Supplicant appears to the left. Read more.

Barb Young reports several nice placings in 2012 photographic and art competition this summer, including Best in Show and People's Choice in the Photography Division of the Art Show at the Montrose County; Winner Professional Photography at Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show; Chosen for The Art of Photography Show, San Diego; Nominated to the Black & White Spider Awards 2012 and 2 Bronze and a Silver Award in The International Loupe Awards 2012.

Leslie Heemsbergen reports that she received 3rd placed in the juried Iowa State Fair Photography Salon in the Family Farm category with this entry:

Photo by Leslie Heemsbergen

EPNet members Bev Pettit, Tina Thuell, Carien Schippers, Roberta McGowan and Bobbie Goodrich have been invited to participate at the 2nd annual Cowgirls with a Camera Show at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. An opening reception will be March 3rd, with the show running until June 2, 2013.

Susan Kordish was pleased to have four of her equine images make it into the Yavapai Digital Arts & Photo Club's collaborative book. Another collaborative effort she took part in this year was a book titled "Cat Sayings". This book includes two images of her cat Sedona.

View the latest tear sheets and covers from our pro members.

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