Our Evening Lecture Series runs annually from November through April, with monthly lectures taking place from 7 - 9 pm in the Quarry classroom at RMSP (unless otherwise noted). To attend a lecture, enter through the set of double glass doors at 210 N. Higgins and follow the signs to the Quarry. Click here for a map to RMSP. All lectures are free and open to the public.

New in 2017-18: Our evening lectures will be streamed live (and available afterward) through Facebook LIVE. Be sure to like us on Facebook and tune in during the event if you are unable to attend in person!

Free Lecture: Purchasing a New Camera on Black Friday

Presented By: Neil Chaput de Saintonge

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Description


Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be a great time to purchase a camera, lens, or other photo-related accessories. For photographers looking for the best deal, it can be intimidating to know which models are worth your attention. This is where Rocky Mountain School of Photography comes in.

In this lecture, we will get you caught up on brands, models and the most important features of a camera. We will give handouts and discuss the many misconceptions about buying cameras. We will also show you how you can put together a great system for around $500 by utilizing the deals on cameras offered by many retailers!

With the holidays approaching, this is a timely lecture for those photographers (including yourself!) on your gift list.

If you are looking to learn more about cameras and lenses, check out our What to Look for When Buying a Camera or Lens Adult Education class for a much more in-depth look at the features of cameras and lenses!

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Photographing Interiors

Presented By: Jeff McLain

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Description


Interior architectural photography is a genre that utilizes many technical skills in photography: use of daylight, strobes, or hot lights, and a deep understanding of color temperature and principles of scheimpflug in conjunction with a keen aesthetic sense to capture that space in the best way. Images of interiors grace the pages of magazines, catalogs, ads, and the portfolios of architects and designers worldwide. This lecture is an overview of the tools-of-the-trade, new technology, techniques in production and post-production, as well as the lifestyle of an architectural photographer and some business/marketing.

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Astrophotography Basics

Presented By: Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Description


Looking to photograph the night sky? These two hours will give you all of the introductory tips you need to know. Forest Chaput de Saintonge will share his well-practiced tips for astrophotography, which includes how to photograph star point images, star trail images, and images that include the Milky Way. And, for the extra nerdy folks in the audience, Forest will talk about how to photograph other galaxies and deep-space objects. He'll wrap it up with some very valuable gear suggestions and considerations.

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Exploring Features of Templated Websites

Presented By: Marcy James

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Description


With the range of options out there, most of us can save ourselves the headache from building a website from scratch. We’re photographers, right, and should be out shooting instead of learning code! Join Marcy James as she reviews features to look for when choosing a templated website company. She will provide suggestions for creating a website that is cohesive and impactful for your viewers.

  • Showing what you do/your strengths/style/voice with your photography
  • Features to look for in a templated website
  • Review of various website companies and their pros and cons
  • Tips for working with a website designer when building a site from scratch

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Flash Basics

Presented By: Jesse Boone

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Description


Did you buy a flash but you’re still not wholly sure how you should be using it? This lecture is for you! Learn about the following:

- The difference between Manual and TTL flash modes
- How to bounce a flash for attractive indoor flash lighting 
- How to effectively use a flash in a dark situation without obliterating the ambient light
- Balancing your flash’s light with street lights or sparklers for a neat effect

By the time this lecture is over, you'll be prepared to use your flash to capture great shots of poorly-lit indoor scenes or nighttime scenes without any light!

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Creating Pleasing HDR Images

Presented By: Doug Johnson

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Description


Every so often there is something that changes the game of photography… High Dynamic Range (HDR) software is one of these things. Photographers can now easily take high contrast scenes and render detail in the highlights and shadows in one image. The resulting images look more like what our eyes see in any given scene.

In this insightful lecture, Doug will walk us through both the capture aspect of creating HDR imagery (how to set your camera, how to make images that are easy to combine) as well as the processing and editing aspect of HDRs, too. His goal is to give you the information you need to confidently create HDR images that will impress.


This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!

Free Lecture: Film Photography: Shooting Film in the 21st Century

Presented By: Cal Stewart

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Description


Despite the convenience of digital capture and the rapidly advancing pace of digital technology, many photographers are returning to film as their capture medium. Film photography is undergoing a small renaissance of sorts. Film sales are up and many young photographers that grew up with thier iphone are turning to film for the first time. And for a good reason too. Film is real, beautiful, different and still readily available. It has some technical advantages over diigital and can open a whole new world of possibility to image making and a photographers art process. Cal Stewart, Australian Film Photographer, will give an introduction to shooting film and discuss the following topics:

• What is film and how is it different from digital capture?
• Why shoot film?
• The art and process of shooting.
• The modern hybrid photographer.
• First steps into film photography

This lecture will take place inside our "Quarry" classroom at 7 p.m. Enter at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Then walk to the end of the hallway and down the stairs to the open classroom. There will be signs!

Watch Live! If you are unable to attend in person, this lecture will also be streamed live through Facebook LIVE!