August 14, 2010, I participated as a teacher for the Erickson Cattle Company Photography Workshop in Ackerson Meadow near Yosemite National Park.Â I love to share my knowledge with others plus get an opportunity to make a couple images at the same time.Â A good part of my career was motivating, coaching, helping, and problem solving with photographers, so a workshop is a good match for me.Â I have known the Erickson family cowboys since the late sixties, which is just a drop in the bucket when you consider their family has been moving cattle every summer to graze in the Yosemite National Park area for over 120 years.
Cowboys start at sunrise; Dan Erickson is moving cows along a fence line so photographers can get a good image.Â We are going to have two dates this year for the Erickson Cattle Company Photography workshops July 16th â€“ 17th and August 13th â€“ 14th. Â This workshop is a great opportunity for photographers of all levels to photograph real working cowboys in their natural environment so that you’ll be sure to make images that will enhance your portfolio. Â I’ll be there for hands-on photo coaching to help with all technical questions as well as any creative guidance, and I’ll provide one-on-one editing after our shoot. Â If you are interested, email me at email@example.com for more information.
Safety is always a consideration.Â We organize shooting positions so we donâ€™t interfere with other photographers.Â After the early morning shooting, a chuck wagon style lunch is served.Â We work with photographers to edit their work and plan the upcoming sessions.
During the day, cowboys do their normal duties.Â These activities are close enough for photographers to photograph.Â The cowboys do everything from roping and herding cattle to running horses and saddling them.Â The scenery is beautiful and the cowboys are the real thing.Â If you would like to see more of my cowboy images click here to view them on PhotoShelter.