Badlands Female Photography Workshop

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October 14-18th 2020

Workshop dates are tentative due to COVID-19

The Badlands are a photographers dream come true! Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons, and towering spires. The textures, colors, and scale make this one of my favorite places to photograph landscapes! The skies come alive at night with millions of stars and the milky way. Bison, bighorn sheep, deer and prairie dogs call the park home. We will also explore a nearby ghost town!
This unique workshop has it all! We will be covering landscapes in depth, from composition to light to camera settings. We will also be covering wildlife and astrophotography. The Badlands night sky is incredible! We will explore creative photography techniques with depth of field, framing, motion, and color.
What really makes this workshop different than most is that not only will be covering landscape and wildlife, but Beth will be covering portraits and self-portraits. Beth has worked as a portrait photographer for over ten years, she is skilled in posing, lighting, and compositions. This will include Beth’s favorite subject – selfies! Learn techniques, and ways to get more comfortable in front of the camera. 
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In our downtime Beth will discuss social media strategies and branding. She will discuss ways to conquer your fears and how to get your work noticed.  Learn the numerous ways that Beth has been able to make an income from photography.


This workshop is more than learning how to take pretty pictures. It is a chance to connect with other women that share your passion. You will leave this workshop with new friensdhips and a lifelong photography mentor. 



After the workshop Beth will provide editing videos of the images we took. There will be a private Facebook group where Beth will act as your mentor for any questions or advice you may need beyond the workshop.
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About the Instructor

Hi there, I am Beth Mancuso a portrait and landscape photographer based out of Minnesota. I have been in business as a portrait photographer for over ten years now. I have spent the last six years working as an instructor and mentor. I am a National Geographic Your Shot Contributor. My work has been featured by National Geographic, Huff Post, My Modern Met, Peta Pixel, Sony, and Lensbaby. My work has been published in Click, Midwest Living, and Black and White Magazine. You can read more about me here. You can find my portfolio here –



October 14-18th 2020


Badlands National Park in South Dakota, USA

Topics Covered

Manual mode, exposure, composition, light, portraits, self-portraits, composites, astrophotography. Editing videos will be made available after the trip, along with image critiques. 


Included in the cost is all needed permits and admission to the park. Along with photography instruction and fun planned outings. Facebook group for students. Course workbook. Snacks and waters will be available. 

Whats not included

Lodging, airfare, car rental, travelers insurance, food, and admission to any other locations we visit.


Day 1

The itinerary will remain flexible to accommodate weather changes.

  • Meet and greet and sunset shoot. Exact times and location TBD. Note – this will be optional as I don’t know if everyone will get in on time.

Instruction will be given and offered at all times, but there are certain times where we will be covering certain topics.

Sunrise is around 7 am and sunset at 6 pm. The milky way comes out in the early evening so we will have a good chance of catching it.



This course is for all levels. Both beginners and advanced photographers will walk away with new skills. 


Participants should expect moderate activity. Most of our locations will be close by the parking lots. However, there will be optional hikes that require a higher level of activity.


So that I can work closely with all students the group will be limited to 8 females. 

Mininum Student Requirement. – 4 students 


Recommended gear requirements are a DSLR or mirrorless camera, camera bag, tripod, filters, wide angle lens with a large aperture, portrait lens, and zoom lens. A full list with details and specific products will be emailed to you.

Planning Your Travel

The nearest airport to the park is in Rapids City, South Dakota. From there the drive is about an hour to Wall, South Dakota where we are staying. We will carpool when photographing together. I recommend having a car of your own to explore the park.


You are responsible for booking your lodging. I will be staying at the Econo Lodge in Wall. If there is bad weather this is where we will meet for course instruction. There will be a Facebook group for students and you can arrange to share a room or a car there. 

Cost – $1200 

Registration will open on  5/17/2019 at 9 am CST

Down payment of $400 is necessary to secure a spot. The remainder must be paid within 2 weeks of the workshop date. 

You may also pay Venmo if you prefer : @intothewildwego

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