Photo Critique - Documentary Online Only

June 24, 2020 - July 07, 2020

This class is taught online only. RMSP uses Zoom for online education. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. To download the Zoom app on your computer, please do that here. A Meeting ID number and password will be emailed to all registered students 24 hours before the first class session. Headphones are required for all RMSP online classes.

Class sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. This allows for interaction between the instructor and the students. Please click "Schedule" for specific dates and times. This critique class is limited to 10 students.


You've been photographing for a while now and generally feel like you know what you're doing. You feel confident with your camera's controls and can create images with intention .... usually. But what you really lack, and desperately need, is real feedback on your work. You know firsthand that it's nearly impossible to make progress when you are living in your own photographic bubble.

The good news here is that you are not alone. Most photographers don't have supportive groups of other photographers available to offer constructive criticism of their work. Yes, Facebook and other online sharing platforms are helpful to a point, but they will never match up to the benefits of receiving person-to-person feedback. This course strives to pop all the photo bubbles out there and bring together photographers of all stripes in an environment where they can learn from, and be inspired by, each other's successes and failures.

There will be no dedicated shooting time or lectures involved in these sessions, rather 100% of the class time will be dedicated to providing and guiding feedback on participants' images, which will challenge and motivate you to push your boundaries.

What to submit for each session:
  • Session 1: 3-5 documentary images that you feel are pretty good but not quite right (even if you can't articulate why) -- This isn't about showing your best work; it's about getting helpful feedback on images that aren't quite your best work. Our goal in narrowing our focus to documentary photography is to more deeply dive into the nuances of the genre so that students shoot with greater intentionality moving forward.
  • Session 2: 5-10 new documentary images taken since the first critique (but if don't have new work to submit, any documentary images will be accepted).

Before the first session, you will receive an email with instructions for how to submit images.

Schedule

This online class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Wednesday, June 24: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time - Zoom session
  • Tuesday, July 7: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time - Zoom session

Equipment

Headphones or earbuds are required for the purpose of minimizing audio feedback during the online class sessions.

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 do I attend an online course?

RMSP uses Zoom for online education. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. To download the Zoom app on your computer, please do that here. A "Meeting ID" number and password will be emailed to all registered students 24 hours before the first class session. Headphones are required for all RMSP online classes.

How many participants are in Evening Courses?

Evening courses taught in the classroom enroll a maximum of 12 students. Courses taught online enroll a maximum of 25 students.

What is RMSP's Evening Courses cancellation policy?

For Evening Courses taught in an RMSP classroom, 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.

For Evening Courses taught online, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

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

For Evening Courses taught in an RMSP classroom, 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.

For Evening Courses taught online, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

Tuition
$45
  • Tuition Notes
    This class is taught online only. Registration is limited to 10 students.
This course is past its starting date.

Instructor

INSTRUCTOR
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.

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.