7 Reasons NOT to Go to Photography School at RMSP

by Quinn Hegwood

1. You’ll meet way too many cool, creative people…

Answer me this question:

What’s worse than going to a traditional college, not knowing what you want to do for your major, talking to people who share nothing in common with you, while you’re all stuck in a classroom doing things you hate for credits that don’t matter with an instructor who really doesn’t care?

I’ll tell you what’s worse! It’s going to photography school, meeting a ton of like-minded, creative individuals who challenge you to be a better artist, working on extravagant creative projects together, and having loads of fun working on your passion.

Repeat after me:

Photography ≠ fun. Meeting other photographers ≠ fun. Being completely immersed in your passion ≠ fun.

There. I said it.

It’s not like these like-minded people are the ones who help you land amazing photography jobs and encourage you to keep hustling.

And I won’t even mention the outstanding instructors and mentors you can confide in when you just don’t know what to do next in your photographic journey.

When someone asks who your closest friend is, you’ll have to take 5 minutes to list them all, because you’ll end up being close to EVERYONE in your class… (YIKES).

Honestly, you’ll probably have so much love for all these people that your heart will explode. And that’ll make a big mess that you don’t want to have to clean up.

… So, just avoid photography school altogether.

2. You’ll walk into random rooms and start shouting about “light” like a crazy person.

“We get it, Jessica. There’s a huge window. Lots of light. ‘L-O-L’. Shut up.”

Honestly, when you go to photography school, all of your “non-photography friends” are just going to start getting angry at you because you’re always talking about how nice the light is.

Repeat after me: It’s not your fault - it’s photography school’s fault.

And when you notice the light, it’s like you grow a third limb with a camera attached to it. It’s honestly pretty weird. And you’ll whip out that weird third camera-limb and make your friends stand in that light so that you can photograph it.

People will look at you and your strange third limb. Your friends will shun you.

Don’t worry - they just don’t understand the LIGHT.

If you avoid photography school, you won’t have to deal with obsessive light tendencies and weird third limbs. It’s just not worth it.

3. You’re gonna get beat up… with honest, positive feedback that will help you improve your craft.

And you’re gonna like it.

When you attend a school dedicated to teaching photography, you’re going to get critiqued by your instructors and classmates all. the. time.

You’ll exhibit your favorite photo you’ve ever taken, and it’ll get picked apart by the best in the biz. Ouch.

And then you’ll apply those critiques and make even BETTER photos. DOUBLE OUCH. Nobody wants that, honestly.

It hurts too much to improve, so you might just want to keep doing what you’re doing. After all, what you don’t know can’t hurt you… Right?

4. All your friends will hate you because you’ll start taking better photos than them.

Every time someone sees one of your photos, they will be so jealous that they didn’t create it themselves.

Convesations will become heated.

Friendships will collapse.

Cities will burn.

The galaxy will be in distress.

And when you see another photographer’s photo, your inner critic will emerge, and you’ll subconsciously start critiquing the image just like your instructors did.

If you make the mistake of critiquing them out loud, your friends might start to hate you for being such a successful know-it-all.

Want to keep your friends but never improve your photography? Then don’t come to photography school at RMSP. Simple as that.

5. Your world will fall apart as you realize you’ve been doing everything wrong with your camera up until this point.

You’re a photographer.

Photographers have bad habits.

Bad habits slow photographers down.

But you want to stay slow, right? So don’t come to photography school at RMSP. We’ll only make you better and faster at your craft.

Once you start attending photography school, your camera will be stuck on Manual mode and you’ll have the full creative control you’ve always wanted to create things you’ve only ever dreamed about.

We’re telling you this for your own good. Take our word for it and stay far far away before we teach you how to master your camera equipment and start creating the work of your dreams.

6. You’ll start using photoshop keyboard shortcuts in every other program on your computer.

At RMSP, you learn to be total Photoshop wizards.

Wizards certainly can’t be seen by the general public.

And you definitely can’t perform magic outside of school, so we’re already on a bad track…

But it gets worse. You’ll spend so much time in Photoshop that you’ll start using Cmd + Z while you’re browsing the internet – trying to un-visit that last web page – and you’ll get super frustrated when it doesn’t work.

You might even use our favorite shortcut, Cmd + Opt + Shift + E, while you’re working in Microsoft Word – trying to flatten the entire Word document into one piece.

Sure, you’ll feel smart because you know what Cmd + Opt + Shift + E does… But what an unfortunate rewiring of your brain.

Better skip the process altogether and NOT go to photography school at RMSP.

7. Montana is too beautiful and your eyes will probably pop out of your head because of it.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) is located in Missoula, Montana. It’s a dangerously beautiful city with a river running right through it, a lively downtown scene, and something always waiting to be documented.

what. a. drag.

You can drive in any direction and end up somewhere new and beautiful. Mountains, rivers, lakes, stunning sunsets, wildlife – there are endless photographic opportunities awaiting you.

Basically, you’ll have no time for friends because you’ll just be driving to beautiful spots to take amazing photos all the time. It’s overwhelming, and you’ll practically die from exhaustion.

Also, you’ll never sleep… because when you aren’t in class, you’re road tripping overnight to places like Glacier National Park to photograph the northern lights. The only thing keeping you awake is the coffee from one of the 27* amazing coffee shops downtown.

This is a tough way to live and we don’t wish it on a single soul.

*This is a rough estimate.

Now, with all of this said, I’m sure you’ve come to the conclusion that you certainly should not attend photography school at RMSP in Montana…


If all of these terrible things haven’t pushed you away yet, then you should come join us and learn photography at RMSP. 😉

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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.