Prairies & Peaks in the South Dakota Badlands



September 8th – 12th

$995.00 (plus tax, travel, accommodations and food)


Kristy & Lisa will be staying at:

(All indoor classes will be held here)

The Best Western Plains Hotel

712 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790

(605) 279-2145


We will change hotels on the 18th to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Custer. 433 West Mount Rushmore Road,
Custer SD 57730  1-605-673-2500 or 1-888- HOLIDAY




Day 1:

We will meet in the breakfast room at the Best Western Plains Hotel in Wall, South Dakota at 3 P.M (Mountain Time).  After introductions and a review of the agenda, we will have a brief discussion about photographing night skies.  Then, weather permitting, we will head out to our first location for some night photography.

Day 2:

Plan for a sunrise shoot, then return to hotel for breakfast and a break. After reconvening, we will talk about the afternoon schedule and spend a bit of classroom time discussing what to expect and how to achieve it while photographing in the field later that afternoon.

We will have a late lunch and then head back out capture some more of the scenery and wildlife.  We will then finish up our shooting at sunset before heading in for dinner.

After dinner there will a break, even a bit of time for a nap, before we re-focus on night photography.  We will discuss the difficulties we found the night before and how to mitigate the challenges of photographing in the dark.  We will then head back out into the field for night photography. If there is in-climate weather, we will spend some time working on the day’s images, critiquing and answering any questions you may have.

Day 3:

Will be the same basic schedule as Sunday, with expansion on skills and techniques. We will spend classroom time working with Lightroom and Photoshop for an efficient workflow and editing techniques.  We will then head out into the field.

Day 4:

We will head out for sunrise, then return to hotel for breakfast. After a quick breakfast, we will finish packing for departure and check out of our rooms.  Before leaving, we will have a short talk about Custer State Park, the wildlife you may see there and photo techniques. After questions are answered, we will depart the hotel and drive to Custer State Park. Wednesday night will be spent in 433 West Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730. Reservations: 1-888-HOLIDAY or the hotel directly at: 1-605-673-2500.

Day 5:

We will head back to Custer for sunrise, breakfast, say farewells, and journey home!


WE RECOMMEND BOOKING LODGING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, this is a busy time in the Bandlands/Black Hills area and rooms can go fast.


Kristy And Lisa will be staying at the Best Western In Wall, South Dakota. All indoor classes will be held at this location. We recommend booking your lodging as soon as possible in order to ensure a room as this can be a busy time in Wall.

Best Western Plains Motel

Address: 712 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790

Phone: (605) 279-2145

Other hotels in Wall, SD: 

There are not a lot of hotels in the area but here are three to get you started.

Americas Best Value Inn 201 South Blvd, Wall, SD 57790•(877) 200-1272

Days Inn by Wyndom 212 10th Ave, Wall, SD 57790•(605) 279-2000

Econo Lodge 804 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790•(605) 279-2121

We will change hotels on the 18th to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Custer. 433 West Mount Rushmore Road,
Custer SD 57730  1-605-673-2500 or 1-888- HOLIDAY


What You Will Need:

This will be a busy few days and we can encounter many situations. To get the most out of your tour we recommend the following camera and personal gear. Typically, the weather in South Dakota this time of year can be quite warm, however mother nature doesn’t always play fair. Be prepared for rain and chilly temperatures, especially in the evening.

  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Remote Shutter Release and/or intervalometer
  • Polarizer – to help remove the glare from the water and rocks and to bring out colors.
  • Neutral Density Filters – at least a 4x, but the higher the number the better.
  • Fast wide-angle lens for night photography.
  • Medium telephoto lens (70 – 200mm zoom lens to work well)
  • Large telephoto for wildlife (150-600mm if you have it). You can also use an extender.
  • Microfiber Towel and lens cloths.
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Rain Protection for Camera – unless it is lightning, we will shoot in the rain.
  • Rain Gear for you (in case of rain)
  • Sunscreen
  • Layered Clothing
  • Camera Manual
  • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards
  • Laptop and Card Reader
  • Software we will be teaching on will be Lightroom and Photoshop


All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Some of the locations require some moderate hiking. 

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will be given a full refund.

Transportation is on your own.  However, if all parties are agreeable, we can take turns carpooling to the locations.

Expenses for travel, accommodations, food, permit fees, etc. are the responsibility of the attendees. Tour fees are for instruction only.

Payment Policy: The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations, National Park entrance fees, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Attendees can receive full refunds up to 60 days or more in advance of the workshop dates. 50% refund 45-60 days. No refunds within 45 days. Inspire Photo Tour recommends travel insurance for your trip. You can procure travel insurance through Insure My Trip. Here is the link for your convenience https://www.insuremytrip.com/.