Photo Fundamentals II

March 23, 2020 - April 06, 2020

This class is "a must" if you've been bitten by the photo bug and want to move well beyond the basics. Building on the foundation laid in Photo Fundamentals I, this course delves deeply into how your camera, and especially your camera's light meter, works. We'll cover how to outsmart your meter and how to use the sophisticated (yet simple) technique called Zone System of exposure.

This six-session course will give you confidence to expose in all sorts of lighting situations. A study of compositional guidelines and tips for how to create your own unique style will leave you a more proficient and thoughtful photographer, both technically and aesthetically. In addition, we'll talk about how to see light as well as simple ways to augment the light that's there. We'll also cover basic photo editing techniques using Adobe Lightroom Classic.

You will also spend time in the field with the instructor to sharpen your skills and get answers to any additional questions you might have.

The course will include lectures, demonstrations, a field shoot, time for Q & A, and image critiques.

Topics include:

  • Refining exposure
    • Metering modes — spot, partial, evaluative/matrix/zone, center-weighted
    • Outsmarting your meter
    • Zone system of exposure
  • Focus modes
    • Single
    • Continuous
  • Drive modes
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Self-timer
  • Photo gear
    • Cameras
    • Lenses
    • Tripods
    • Bags, etc.
  • Seeing and augmenting light
  • The basics of editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Photo aesthetics
    • Creativity
    • Composition
    • Style and Vision


"A real gem of an opportunity for anyone in Western Montana who loves photography and wants to expand their knowledge and skills."

- Kim L.

"RMSP Adult Ed classes helped me lay the ground work of my photography, build confidence and knowledge. Also, it was fun! You're learning from people with a passion for what they do and this passion is fused with how they teach. I finished my classes feeling inspired to keep practicing and learning more."

- Launi H.

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


This class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Monday, March 23: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, March 25: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Saturday, March 28: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m - Field shoot (location TBD)
  • Monday, March 30: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, April 1: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Monday, April 6: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Classroom session


  • 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 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.



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.



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.



Neil Chaput de Saintonge
Neil Chaput de Saintonge, a former junior high science teacher, has taught photography for almost 50 years, to over 20,000 students. In that time, he has taught classes and workshops in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He is well-known for his enthusiasm, technical knowledge and love of teaching. In 1973, Neil studied under Ansel Adams. In Professional Intensive, Summer Intensive and Workshops, Neil lectures, critiques student work, and meets one-on-one with students to talk about cameras and lenses, and - most importantly - he helps them find their own path in photography. Neil’s photography interests include ballet, documentary, people, landscape and fine art. In 1979, Neil founded the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, a two-year school that trained students for careers in graphic arts and photography. After vacationing in Montana in 1988, Neil and his wife Jeanne moved to Missoula and started Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Neil has also been a licensed massage therapist for 30 years, is a Reiki Master and teaches healing work.
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.