Mastering Your Camera Missoula, Montana

3/30/2019 - 3/30/2019

Are you looking to gain confidence using your camera in difficult shooting situations? Do you want hands-on time with instructors to ask questions, gain insight and see first-hand how they would handle a shooting situation? Are you looking to make your images and editing more consistent?

Mastering Your Camera is a one-day class built to help improve your confidence and consistency. It starts with a review of basic exposure concepts to ensure all students are at the same level and have a good foundation of F-stops, shutter speeds, and ISOs. Then, the instructor transitions into more advanced exposure concepts like outsmarting the meter and zone system. The day finishes with a field shoot, editing demo, and critique where you can get your questions answered and learn ways to improve your images.

We limit the class size to 20 students and provide qualified teaching assistants and administrators to ensure the teacher-to-student ratio remains better than 1:10. If you have questions, don’t worry, we got you!

If you are looking for a more detailed (although tentative) outline, check the “Schedule” tab above! If you have a question about the event, give us a call or check the FAQ’s underneath the “Register” button above. We hope to see you there!

Meeting Space

This event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

The event will be held in our basement classroom, affectionately named "The Darkroom." To get to to the classroom, enter through the double doors at the address below. Go to the end of the hallway, turn left and go down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs, make a u-turn. The classroom is straight ahead on the left. There will be signs directing you to your classroom.

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


Please note that this schedule is tentative and may change. To make it the best event we can, all "Mastering Your Camera" schedules are catered to the location and the instructor of the event.

  • Check-in / Welcome / Introductions
  • Exposure review
  • Advanced exposure (metering modes, exposure modes, outsmarting the meter, and basic zone system)
  • Free Pizza!!!!
  • Field shoot
  • Editing and image selection lab time
  • Editing demo - how to make your images pop in Lightroom and keep things consistent
  • Image gathering and turn-in
  • Critique


The following equipment is required for this class:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera, lens, battery, memory card (contact us if you don't have a suitable a camera)
  • Note taking materials
  • Laptop (optional but recommended as you will need a way to look through your images and pick one out for critique. You are welcome to use the back of your camera for this, but a laptop might make things easier)
  • Snacks! Nom, nom, nom.
  • Tuition Incentives

    Are you curious about Summer Intensive or Professional Intensive? Interested, but want to "try it before you buy it?" If you register for any 2019 Mastering Your Camera event and then decide to register for Summer or Professional Intensive in 2019, we will apply your payment to your Summer or Professional Intensive tuition.

    Tuition: $95
    This course is past its starting date.


    Sarah Chaput de Saintonge

    Sarah Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with her husband, Forest. She has a BA in photojournalism and enjoys experimenting with many kinds of photography, but her primary interest is portraiture. She attended RMSP's Career Training program in 2011, ran a business in consumer portraiture for a while, and has worked as an instructor and assistant ever since. She successfully completed one 365 project (take a photo a day for a year) and once made it to 155 consecutive days of making self portraits. She is now documenting ten years of her life with a daily photo of a person, place, or thing. She loves people, image editing, composition, film, her cats, and Forest.



    Perks of Registering For A One Day Event

    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?

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