Cowboy Culture: Vision and Discovery

Immerse yourself in the unique North Texas western environment with Tony Bonanno of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
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North Texas is home to a vibrant cowboy culture that is perfect for exploring your own photographic vision. From the intricate details of a belt buckle to the choreographed dance of a rodeo, this environment is rich with photographic opportunities.

In this combination shooting and editing workshop, you will be inspired and challenged to create photographs that capture the action, animals and people in this western environment. Our days will be divided between classroom sessions and field shooting, including a high school rodeo and the Fort Worth Stock Show. With Tony’s guidance, you’ll expand your visual and technical skills while learning about this unique culture that shapes much of the personality of the Lone Star State. There will be a special focus on the compositional elements that make a photograph successful. The final day will be spent in the classroom as Tony reviews, discusses and guides your image processing workflow.

Some of the topics Tony will cover:

  • The importance of composition in creating strong photos and tips for improvement
  • How to best photograph a unique cultural environment
  • Technical and creative camera skills including depth of field control, panning and freezing action
  • Image processing workflow

This workshop is designed for photographers at all levels. You’ll join a small group of other shooters on a deep dive into the joy, challenges and creativity of working in the field. You’ll create images that convey your experience and that will look great hanging on your wall! You’ll receive supportive feedback from Tony, the others in the workshop and will have a chance to offer the same.

This workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of the photographic process from planning through capture to digital processing. Tony shares the in-depth knowledge he gained from his 20-year career as a professional photographer and from 10 years teaching workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, Havana and San Miguel de Allende. The blend of field shooting of the North Texas cowboy culture, combined with image review and discussion will provide an invigorating and well-rounded photographic experience.

This is not a lighting or studio workshop. The emphasis will be on non-commercial location, natural light photography. You should be comfortable with your camera’s operation and familiar enough with your editing software to allow import, selection and export of your images. If you need some technical preparation or a refresher then please take the DCP DSLR Evening Classes, Beginner Full Day Workshop, Lightroom classes or equivalent training.

Bring your camera equipment, laptop and editing software. Lightroom is preferred but you can use any program you like as long as you already know how to import, select and export images. There are no minimum requirements for camera style or model.

ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT TONY BONANNO (taken in France, Cuba, Oregon and New Mexico).

  • This 3.5-day workshop is held at Dallas Center for Photography from 6:30pm, Thursday, January 25 to 5pm, Sunday, January 28.
  • Early registration is $695. Late registration is $785.
  • See below for workshop schedule.
  • Minimum number required for workshop to make is 10. Maximum size is 14.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • TPS Members: The first 2 TPS members to register get a $75 discount to this workshop. Contact TPS Executive Director Amy Holmes George for your coupon code.

Workshop Schedule: (please note the shooting schedule has changed)

Thursday, January 25 – Doors open at 6:15pm at DCP and we will start at 6:30pm and go to 9pm with class introductions and a review of each student’s work.  

Friday, January 26 – We’ll meet at DCP at 9am for classroom instruction. Lecture on digital workflow and look at Tony’s photographs, emphasizing imagery that relates to this workshop. Mid day we will head to Fort Worth to photograph the Stock Show and Rodeo followed by night shooting on their Midway.

Saturday, January 27 – We’ll spend the morning on a photo shoot and return to DCP in the afternoon to review the previous day’s photos. In the evening we will travel to Saginaw to photograph the Keller High School Rodeo.

Sunday, January 28: We’ll head back to the Fort Worth Stock Show to capture a few more events and return to the classroom at DCP late morning to edit the images made yesterday and this morning. The workshop will conclude with a final image critique.  

If you’re planning to travel to Dallas for this workshop please check the information in our general FAQ page.

Please note: meals, parking and entry fees are not included in the cost of registration.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

The early registration discount is in effect up to 21 days before the workshop date. We must have a minimum of 10 participants by the early registration deadline for the workshop to make.

If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins then we’ll refund any payments made less a $100 processing fee. If you cancel from 22 to 31 days before the start date of the workshop we will refund all money received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start date of the workshop you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend you are welcome to send someone in your place. In some cases we may be able to find a replacement for your empty seat if the workshop is already sold out in which case you will receive a partial refund minus the $200 cancellation fee.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP and Spot Studio, Inc. are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements. If you’re coming from out of town we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

The workshop will go on if it’s cloudy or rains. Bring umbrellas and the right shoes and we’ll still be able to make good photos. We may have to substitute one or more locations depending on conditions.

Tony Bonanno

Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tony’s specialties are the fine art market, event & assignment photography, architecture & interiors, and travel & documentary work.  He enjoys teaching and mentoring other photographers and is an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Tony grew up in Washington, DC, but soon left the city for more rural landscapes. He has photographed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Peru, Cuba, Australia, and Africa. His subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” series. Tony’s fine art work is targeted towards collectors and the corporate environment and his photography has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.

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