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Photography in the Texas Hill Country

March 27-31, 2019


Continuing Professional Education

32 Possible CPE Hours
Art / Media
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This workshop will be packed with hands-on instruction to help you grow your photographic abilities with newfound skills, techniques and proficiency. Mo-Ranch’s 500 acres are a beautiful setting on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River. Here, habitats include aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands and limestone hills, and we will make use of all of them.

This workshop is tailored for serious photographers at any experience level who want to grow in your art and craft. Photography in the Texas Hill Country features hands-on learning, demonstrations with native flora and fauna of the area, and will cover many subjects including discussions on:

  • Mastering exposure
  • Composing for impact
  • Perfecting color
  • Managing light
  • Improving lighting with flash
  • Getting close
  • Tools to make field work easier
  • Support equipment
  • Focus stacking
  • Backgrounds

You will also go “beyond the basics” and explore the use of depth of field and image motion to create stunning effects. You will practice techniques for composition that will make your images excite, and you will also learn many favorite “tricks of the trade.” Split between classroom lectures, copious hands-on field shoots and lively critique sessions, you learn as topics are thoroughly explained and illustrated indoors, then actively explore them through outdoor practice.

Group critiques will help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates. The Larkin Digital Photography Lab will become your “second home” as you hone your post-processing skills. Computer workstations with Photoshop Elements installed are available for each students’ use during the workshop.

Workshop sessions feature an interactive exploration of Mo-Ranch’s grounds so participants can observe and capture integral parts of the landscape and scenery. Participants will venture around the ranch during twilight and sunset to observe the changes in the features of their captured subjects. Participants can capture wildlife, such as birds, in different feeding and travel patterns. By late March, the wildflowers at Mo-Ranch and the nearby Hill Country habitat include Bluebonnets, Wine Cups, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blanket, Antelope Horn Milkweed, Milk Vetch, Spiderwort, Texas Lantana, Drummond’s Phlox, Texas Groundsel, Texas Vervain, White Prickly Poppies, Pink Evening Primrose and many, many more.

Register now, space is limited! Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or

More information coming soon for 2020!

More information coming soon for 2020!

Cost and Housing

More information coming soon for 2020!

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits. For help with or questions about registration, contact the registrar at or 800-460-4401 x 246.  

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Linens are provided. Bring sturdy shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain, casual clothing, a swimsuit and river shoes to enjoy the river. Bring a light jacket/sweater, flashlight, insect repellent, water bottle, large brimmed sun hat and sunscreen.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event. If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Click here for directions to Mo.

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