Photography Fundamentals I

10/14/2019 - 10/28/2019

We built this six-session class to provide a thorough introduction to using a DSLR or mirrorless camera comfortably in a wide variety of situations. If you have always wanted to learn more about photography, or you just got your first camera but aren’t sure where to start, this course is for you!

This class will teach you how to set up and operate your camera in Manual mode and take beautiful photographs in a wide variety of shooting situations! If you own a camera and want to spend five full evenings and a morning field shoot learning more about how to use it, this is the class for you!

Classes will include lectures, demonstrations, Q & A, assignments, and image critiques.

Topics Include:

  • Exposure
  • F-Stops
  • Shutter Speeds
  • ISO
  • How the meter works
  • Histograms
  • Using Manual
  • Outsmarting the Meter
  • Editing your images using Adobe Lightroom
  • Importing
  • Basic editing
  • Basic organization
  • Exporting using the built-in presets
  • Sharing your images
  • Composition
  • Nature and people photography


Meeting Times
  • Monday, October 14: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Wednesday, October 16: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture and Critique
  • Saturday, October 19: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m: Field Shoot
  • Monday, October 21: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Lecture and Critique
  • Wednesday, October 23: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Lecture and Critique
  • Monday, October 28: 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.


  • 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!)
  • While not required, a laptop computer is recommended to fully participate in class demonstrations. If you don’t own a laptop, that’s fine, just understand that you will not be able to follow along with the instructor during the image editing portion of the class.
  • Camera manual
  • At least one lens. The "kit" lens that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) is great!
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful)
  • Note-taking materials
  • Memory card(s)

In addition, for field shoot (October 19th):

  • Spare batteries for equipment
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle
Tuition: $115
Deposit: $0


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.