Nature Photography

10/3/2019 - 10/29/2019

We live in an amazing corner of the world where nature is all around us and often only steps away; from rocky river shores to our big Montana skies, it’s truly a photographer’s dream. This course covers the basics of four genres that capture the beauty and wonder of nature: macro for the small world, landscape for the endless vistas, wildlife for the creatures with whom we share this amazing place, and abstract for the artistry in it all. Instructors and nature-lovers Jessica Carter and Rob Gappert will share shooting tips and both technical and compositional considerations to help you photograph nature more confidently and intentionally.

In addition to lectures, the course includes two field shoots: the first focuses on landscape and/or wildlife while the second focuses on macro and/or abstract. Each field shoot is an opportunity to practice what you learned in lectures with help available. There will also be two critique sessions where you’ll get valuable feedback on your images and learn from your fellow classmates’ critiques as well.

You should come to class with a working knowledge of your DSLR/mirrorless camera and a basic knowledge of exposure, but there will be a short review in Class 1. We’ll also discuss recommended lenses for each type of photography, but you’ll be able to photograph with whatever lens(es) you own. (It is not a prerequisite to have a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens and a macro lens.)


Meeting Times
  • Thursday, October 3: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Tuesday, October 8: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Thursday, October 10: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Saturday, October 12: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Field Shoot
  • Tuesday, October 22: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture and Critique
  • Thursday, October 24: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Lecture
  • Saturday, October 26: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Field Shoot
  • Tuesday, October 29: 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.


For lectures:

  • Note-taking materials
  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • Your shortest lens
  • Flash/thumb drive

For field shoots:

  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful)
  • Fully charged camera battery
  • Memory card(s)
  • Tripod
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Rain cover for camera, if needed
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle
Tuition: $155
Deposit: $0


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.


Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter is all about balance: passion with practicality, simplicity with thoroughness, creativity with strategy. She even balanced a degree in business administration with one in public administration. Jessica has worked with small nonprofits, universities, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Through most of her career, she’s developed and managed programs for college students, adult learners, retirees, and alumni. (Speaking of alumni, she’s also a graduate of RMSP’s Summer Intensive.) Jessica is currently the Program Director at RMSP where she manages the Professional Intensive and Summer Intensive programs, balancing the big-picture curriculum with logistical details. She teaches business planning and management courses in Professional Intensive, and she loves bringing new ideas, helpful insights, and a boost of energy to aspiring entrepreneurs. Jessica’s love of teaching is second only to her love of nature; in addition to business courses, she also teaches wildlife, nature, and abstract photography.

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.