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Texas State Photographer Wyman Meinzer will return to Post August 4 for a night photography workshop.

Places Still Available for Photography Workshop

February 24 & 25 in Post

Published Jan. 27, 2012 @ noon
Updated Feb. 11, 2012 @ 7:24 a.m.

There are still some places available for the Photography Workshop in Post, February 24 and 25.  Wyman Meinzer, the official State Photographer of Texas, will lead a Night Photography class Friday and Wes Underwood of South Plains College will hold the Saturday workshop.  

Sponsored by the Caprock Cultural Association of Post, the event will begin with a casual supper with Wyman Meinzer at 6 p.m. Friday, February 24 followed by the Night Photography class.  Participants will photograph locations in or near Post with instruction from Meinzer.  To ensure personalized attention, the class is limited to 15.

Saturday, February 25, Wes Underwood, Photography Coordinator at South Plains College in Levelland, will lead a Photography Composition in the Outdoors workshop.  Saturday’s activities begin with breakfast snacks at 9 a.m., followed by the workshop. 

Cost for entire event is $280 per person. Attendees have the option of attending the Friday event only for a cost of $200 or Saturday only for $80. One-half of the fee (non-refundable) is due at the time you make your reservation with the balance due at the event. Note: The first 15 paid in full get a place in the Friday night workshop. Saturday attendance is limited to 30.

Participants in the Night Photography class should know how to adjust their individual camera’s basic settings; how to set their shutter speed and adjust the aperture settings manually.  Also, make sure you are familiar with how to adjust your ISO, white balance, and operate your shutter release cable or remote.  You will need a sturdy tripod for long exposures.  However, if you are a beginner and wish to participate, let us know ahead of time and plan to come early as there will not be time for individual instruction during the workshop.  Equipment needed:  wide angle lens with zoom (28-80), camera with bulb setting, tripod, cable release, warm clothing.

The Photography Composition class will be of interest to photographers of all levels of experience.  It will begin with indoor instruction; however, the group will also be photographing outdoors.

The Photography Workshop will be held at the Heritage House, 109 North Avenue N, Post, TX.  You may pay your fee by check, MasterCard or VISA. For more information or to register, call 806-495-4148 or email Make checks payable to Caprock Cultural Association. 

Wyman Meinzer, who has a stellar reputation for his personal attention to his students, is the only official State Photographer of Texas.  He received this honor in 1997 by the Texas State Legislature and then Gov. George W. Bush and still holds it today. 

Raised on the League Ranch, 1 27,000-acre ranch in the rolling plains of Texas, Meinzer graduated from Texas Tech in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and was voted Outstanding Alumnus in 1987 by the department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University.  He also received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 1995 from the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  The photographer was selected Texas Tech Mass Communications Teacher of the Year in 2005 and received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the university in 2009 recognizing his outstanding achievement and dedicated service.

After 33 years as a professional photographer, Meinzer has photographed and/or written 24 plus photography books, and his images have appeared on more than 250 magazine covers as well as on numerous book covers for other authors’ works.  His images have appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic Books, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, and many others.  (Visit for more info)

Wes Underwood is a graduate of Texas Tech University with an M.S. in Agriculture Education.  He is currently the Photography Coordinator at South Plains College in Levelland.

Underwood’s love for the outdoors comes through very clearly in the type of photography that he does.  An avid outdoorsman he finds no greater pleasure than to be on a site to shoot as the sun breaks in the morning or sets in the evening.  For the Post photography workshop, his workshop will begin indoors; however, depending on the participants and weather – who knows where Underwood will take the class?

He has been published in many national magazines including The Cattleman, Saddlebaron, and The Agriculturist.  Underwood’s use of natural light to enhance photography is a trademark of his imagery.  The photographer was featured on Texas Country Reporter for his work photographing lost and forgotten cemeteries across the Southwest; to date he has shot over 10,000 images on the subject and adds to the collection constantly.  (For more info visit


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