Macro Photography

4/17/2019 - 4/30/2019

We live in an amazing part of the world here in western Montana. We have big skies, snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers and lakes, towering trees, stunning sunsets, and wonderful people! There are photo opportunities wherever we look. This class explores photographing the part of our world often overlooked. We will be tackling the challenging art of macro photography. Meaning, we will learn how to take pictures of the SMALL things around us. The things that exist below the horizon line and even beneath our feet. The amazing things most people don’t notice or take the time to look at.

This class is for people who see beauty in paint peeling from an old barn door, the texture of the surface of an old rusting tractor, the colors of an insect perched on a blade of grass, and the detail of a snowflake trapped in the ice on the shore of a lake. It’s also for the photographers just wanting to try something different. The cool thing about macro photography is that it can be done anywhere…even from the comfort of your own home!

You will learn about the equipment used in macro photography including tripods, focusing rails, close-up filters, and extension tubes. You will also learn about some of the technical aspects of the art, such as lens magnification and minimum focus distance. Classroom lectures will spend a good amount of time on depth of field and focusing techniques, which are the most challenging aspects of macro photography. And finally, you will learn how to control light indoors and out.

In addition to lectures and image critiques, there will be two hands-on classes. One will be indoors in a controlled environment and the other will be outside in a natural setting. These sessions will give you plenty of opportunity for practice and getting your questions answered. You will also have two opportunities to show off your images and get your work critiqued.


Meeting Times
  • Wednesday, April 17: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Saturday, April 20: 10:00 a.m.- noon - Indoor Shoot
  • Wednesday, April 24: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture and Critique
  • Saturday, April 27: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Field Shoot
  • Tuesday, April 30: 6:00 - 8:30 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.


Students should have a solid understanding of photography and their cameras for this class. Our class is meant to build on the foundation you already have. Be sure you feel comfortable with your camera controls, exposure, focusing and metering. Classroom needs:
  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera (students must have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera to attend. If you are unsure whether your camera fits into either of these two categories, please call us and ask!)
  • Charged batteries and memory cards
  • Camera manual
  • A lens suitable for close-up ("macro") photography
  • Note-taking materials

For outdoor field shoot on April 27:

  • Spare batteries for equipment
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle/snacks
Tuition: $95
Deposit: $0
This course is past its starting date.


Rob Gappert

Rob Gappert is a landscape and nature photographer. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota but now calls Missoula home. Rob enjoys the outdoors and has been shooting landscapes for the better part of 15 years. He loves to travel with his family and is a self-proclaimed “National Park Junkie”. Rob is a 2015 Summer Intensive graduate and loves to share his passion for the art.


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EDU Advantage Program

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