SPEARFISH — Jackie Dittman is a new photographer; it's something she's been interested in for a while, but only recently decided to take a bit more seriously. Dittman, of Rapid City, signed up for Black Hills State University's Black Hills Photo Shootout, a two-day photography seminar held on campus, in order to sharpen the tools in her photography toolkit.
“There's so much to learn,” Dittman said while fiddling with the settings on her camera at the base of Roughlock Falls Saturday afternoon. “I learned all the different settings — f-stop, aperture, ISO and things like that. And I'm learning that the more you play the better you get.”
Dittman said she met people at the shootout seminars from all over the country, some as far away as the east coast. Chad and Anna Cable made the drive to the shootout from the east, but not quite that far.
“We've tried for three years to get out here for this (the Black Hills Photography Shootout),” the Vermillion, SD-based photographer said. “This is the first year we could make it.”
“We've had a lot of fun, it's been a good experience and I've been learning a lot,” Anna said. “I was last here (in Spearfish Canyon) when I was a teenager. It's beautiful here.”
Black Hills Photography Shootout spokesperson Steve Babbittsaid the two-day photography seminar brought more than 150 photographers to the Northern Hills over the weekend.