Photo Fundamentals I

February 10, 2020 - February 24, 2020

This six-session course builds a thorough foundation for using a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If you have always wanted to learn more about photography — perhaps you just got your first camera and aren’t sure where to start — this course is for you!

We'll cover the basics of exposure in the classroom and take you on a field shoot so you can practice what you learned with an instructor by your side. By the end of this class you should be able to shoot with the camera in manual mode, confidently making decisions about camera settings so that you get the photo you envision.

You'll understand your image's histogram and how it helps you determine if your exposure is accurate. We'll show you how making adjustments to your image's white balance gives you consistently proper color. We'll show you how to import, export and keep your images organized and easy to find using Adobe Lightroom.

And because the technical skills alone don't create great photos, we'll also teach you the basics of composition. By mastering a few simple aesthetic guidelines, your images will improve tremendously.

This course includes classroom lectures, demonstrations, a field shoot, time for Q & A, and image critiques.

Topics Include:

  • Manual Exposure
    • F-Stops
    • Shutter Speeds
    • ISO
  • Depth of Field
  • Histograms
  • Understanding Light
  • White Balance
  • Raw vs. JPEG
  • Organizing your images using Adobe Lightroom
    • Importing
    • Exporting
    • Basic organization
  • The Basics of Composition

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:


"Photography Fundamentals I is exactly what I needed to get more fluent and confident with my camera. Quinn was an amazing instructor and she made me feel like I can be a photographer."

- Jessica S.


"This class is priceless if you are just learning how to work your camera. It is not intimidating at all even though your camera can make you feel like it at times. Easy learning and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn to understand your camera to get better shots."

- Shawn D.

Meeting Space

This course will be held in Room #204 at RMSP. To get to Room #204, enter through the double doors at the address below. Take the stairs to the second floor, turn right and the classroom will be directly in front of you. There will be signs posted in the building directing you to your classroom.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(800) 394-7677


Schedule

This class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Monday, February 10: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, February 12: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Saturday, February 15: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m - Field shoot (location TBD)
  • Monday, February 17: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, February 19: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Monday, February 24: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session

Equipment

  • 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 Adobe Lightroom 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 the field shoot:

  • Spare batteries for equipment
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle
What is RMSP's Evening Course schedule?

Please see our Evening Course listings.

What is the cutoff date for registration?

We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a course is full. Register early!

How do I register?
  1. Register online.

  2. Call the RMSP offices at (406) 543-0171 or 1-800-394-7677.

How many participants are in Evening Courses?

Depending on the course there can be a maximum of 14, 16 or 20 students.

What is RMSP's Evening Courses cancellation policy?

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per course) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the course start date. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the course is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

What equipment will I need for my class?

Please check under the Equipment tab for your particular class to see what you should bring.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Evening Course!

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per course) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the course start date. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the course is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

Tuition
$115

Instructors

INSTRUCTOR
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.

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INSTRUCTOR
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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INSTRUCTOR
Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, hike, photograph, and be an astrophotographer. Forest has a degree in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Astrophotography

His astrophotography can be found here: FoFoAstro

Forest and Sarah also own an aerial media company: Altitude Media

Perks of Registering

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.