Developing a Photo Project

11/19/2018 - 12/10/2018

Have you hit a creative slump? Maybe you’ve mastered F-stops and shutter speeds and you're ready to make the jump into the creative realm of photography. Or maybe you’ve been taking photographs for 50 years, and you need to freshen up your game. This class is the perfect place for anyone seeking inspiration and motivation to photograph with intention.

In this 4-week course, instructors Neil Chaput de Saintonge and Quinn Hegwood will teach you how to start, maintain, and complete a photo project. They will discuss the creative benefits of making yourself search for what you photograph and they'll give you feedback throughout the process. You'll choose a project in the first class (so be thinking of ideas before that!) and you will work on developing a photo project or series that fits your unique goals. Each class (except the first one) will consist of lecture and critique of your images.

    You will learn:
  • What a photo project is and how to plan one
  • The benefits of shooting with projects in mind
  • The broad spectrum of projects that can work for you
  • How to inspire and maintain creativity
  • Composition in photography
  • Documentary photography basics

*This course requires a basic understanding of exposure and how to use your own camera. There will be no technical instruction. Any type of camera is acceptable, but you must have access to it for the duration of the 4-week course in order to complete assignments.


Meeting Times

Monday, November 19: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Lecture
Monday, November 26: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Lecture and Critique
Monday, December 3: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Lecture and Critique
Monday, December 10: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Lecture and Critique

Meeting Space

Your class will meet in Room 204* at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

*Enter the glass doors at 210 N. Higgins Avenue and take the stairs to the second floor. Room 204 will be on your right.


Parking downtown is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Tuition: $75
Deposit: $0
This course is past its starting date.


Neil Chaput de Saintonge

Neil Chaput de Saintonge, a former junior high science teacher, has taught photography for almost 50 years, to over 20,000 students. In that time, he has taught classes and workshops in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He is well-known for his enthusiasm, technical knowledge and love of teaching. In 1973, Neil studied under Ansel Adams. In Professional Intensive, Summer Intensive and Workshops, Neil lectures, critiques student work, and meets one-on-one with students to talk about cameras and lenses, and - most importantly - he helps them find their own path in photography. Neil’s photography interests include ballet, documentary, people, landscape and fine art. In 1979, Neil founded the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, a two-year school that trained students for careers in graphic arts and photography. After vacationing in Montana in 1988, Neil and his wife Jeanne moved to Missoula and started Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Neil has also been a licensed massage therapist for 30 years, is a Reiki Master and teaches healing work.

Quinn Hegwood

Quinn Hegwood is one of RMSP's core instructors, specializing in printing and social media. She enjoys photographing people in their natural habitat, primarily mothers and children, and she is on a constant search for light. Quinn is passionate about helping students to discover the artist within themselves.

Perks of Registering For Adult Education

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.