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January, 2016 Newsletter

2015 Round-up
And upcoming events

In 2015 EPNet ran several workshops and retreats that were well attended. In March we had a week long meet up in Ocala, Florida to enjoy the many equine offerings in the area, from Thoroughbreds to Gypsy Vanners and all sorts of equines in between, photographers enjoyed the horses and diverse locations and of course the Florida sunshine!

Photo by Carien SchippersIn May we met for the annual Sombrero Ranch Photo Workshop and Great American Horse Drive, an event like no other! Check out the video to get a taste of the action.

In August a group of women photographers enjoyed the spectacular Powderhorn Ranch in Wyoming. From gracious hospitality and great horses to amazing backdrops and cowgirls and cowboys who can ride with the best this is a special week to live the true western life in an iconic location.

We ended the year's workshop activities enjoying the spectacular fall foliage and horses and raptors in the Catskills of New York.

Workshops and meet ups are a great way to create exciting new images and shoot with fellow photographers who share a passion for horses! In addition to our in person workshops we offered several online courses allowing people to learn from their home at their own convenience. We have several exciting workshops and courses coming up this year, bookmark our event page to be kept updated.

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Winter Solstice Project:
This bi-annual project documents horses around the world during the winter and summer solstice, enjoy the photos and click "like" on your favorites.

Your Best Horse Photo of 2015 on Facebook: Enjoy all the beautiful photos, click and comment on your favorites.

On the EPNet Forum
Online Courses, Projects and more

Digital art by Sherron SheppardPhotoshop Fundamentals & Composition and Design with Sherron Sheppard
Online course begins January 11th, 2016

Join Sherron Sheppard for her popular Photoshop course. The 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. New - now with video tutorials! View a sample video.

Horses in Need Documentary Photo Project:
Deadline to share your project is February 1st, this project is open to all, please join us!
The mission of this project is to shine a light on the condition of horses in need around the world, and the work that individuals, rescues and other organizations are doing to save them from uncertain futures. This project is open to all photographers!

We maintain a list of member photographers willing to donate their services to rescue organizations and workers. We urge you to contact one in your area to help you get good quality images to help save and place rescued horses or email us if you have an idea for a rescue story.

Photo by Kimberly Beer Using Adobe Lightroom to Increase Your
Productivity & Creativity

with Kimberly Beer
Online course begins March 1st

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool to help you be more productive and creative. In this online course Kim Beer will not only teach the basics of Lightroom, but also show how she uses the program to simplify and streamline her workflow. The course will utilize online training videos along with class discussions in a private area on the EPNet Forum. See how you can dramatically improve both your images and your workflow through Adobe Lightroom. Details will be posted to the events page soon.

Upcoming Events
Workshops, Meet-ups and more

Here are some of the things going on at EPNet currently and in the upcoming year . . .

Equine Photographer's Meet-up in Lexington, Kentucky
April, 2016
Details will be posted soon, send an email to to be added to the notification list.

Colorado Cowboys and Great American Horse Drive
April 24th - May 1st, 2016
Only a few spots left for this popular event!
Imagine a place where the wild west still lives . . . hundreds of horses running with power and freedom, beautiful light and dust, real working cowboys and cowgirls, big open spaces and wood corrals. Beautiful open blue skies and long days to live it and photograph it . . . if this sounds like heaven to you then join us in a special part of western America where the real west is still alive and EPNet members have special access to document it with our cameras and share it with a group of like minded photographers and horse lovers. There is no other place or event like it on earth!

Photo by Carien Schippers

Powderhorn Ranch Women's Retreat
July 27th - August 1st, 2016
Douglas, Wyoming
This event is now full, waiting list only!
Ladies: Join us for five nights at the beautiful Powderhorn Ranch in Wyoming as we enjoy the hospitality and horsemanship of the wonderful True family. This is a truly special place where you can leave the world behind for a little while and enjoy the essence of the western landscape and lifestyle. Shoots will include herd drives, working cattle, cowgirl and cowboy portraits, dramatic landscape scenes, magical barn light, headshots, action and so much more!

New Year's Resolutions

Do you have any resolutions for the New Year? You may find this article 10 Photography Resolutions for the New Year by Jenna Martin helpful!

Member News
What our members are up to . . .

Photo by Joan Davis

Congratulations to members Barb Young, Susan Kordish, Carien Schippers, Bev Pettit, Jayne Silberman, Debby Thomas, Eleszabeth McNeel, Patricia Jarvis, Phyllis Burchett, Roberta McGowan, Joanne Collins, Sue Ratcliffe and Joan Davis (photo right) on their showings at the Black and White Spider Awards.

Scott Trees wrote an informative in-depth article for Photoflex on photographing horses with reflectors.

Gigi Embrechts and Peter DeMott have been working on their new site and podcast The Equine Photographer's Podcast, Enjoy their recent interviews with EPNet members Scott Trees, Tracey Elliott Reep and Terri Cage.

Photo by Angela Rumbaugh
Angela Rumbaugh
had her images "Centauro-Band Stallion" (left) shown in the juried show Life in the Wild at the Berkley Art Works gallery in West Virginia in September and October.

Angela's "Family Portrait" and "Standing Watch" will be in a juried art show at the A.Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas in January.

Kirstie Marie Jones wrote about preparing for a photo session and selecting an equine photographer on the Noble Outfitters Blog.

Phyllis Burchett and some of her work were featured on ViewBug photography web site.

Photo by Gigi EmbrechtsPhotos of the Horse Fishermen in Belgium by Gigi Embrechts were featured on the Horse Collaborative site. She also reports that she will be going to the coast again to photograph and write an article about the first female Horse Fisherwoman.

This year Gigi will be covering the re-enactment of how the canals of Belgium were built using draft horses. They helped dig the canals and then pulled the ships along the route with long tow ropes. There are plans to re-enact the method this summer and Gigi will photograph and write an article for the Draft Horse Journal. She plans to dedicate her website and blog to just draft horses.

Visit our members' tear sheets and covers to see some of their recently published work.

EPNet Special Book Offer
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Visit the EPNet Bookstore for a special deal: buy two books via Paypal and choose a third title of equal or lesser value as your free title (but don't add it to your cart). Just email us with your choice of the third free book.

Please note the following terms: Books only (no videos), USA shipping only (for out of US please contact for shipping rates). All books are shipped USPS Media mail/book rate, you can contact us for expedited shipping information. First come first served, some titles only have one or two copies remaining. Your free book must be of equal or lesser value than the lowest price book you bought. Books are all new but the covers may show some fading or minimal wear. No returns/refunds.

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