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.

It will be held in RMSP's classroom #204, located in downtown Missoula. 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 on the door 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
    3 spots left


    Doug Johnson

    Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.



    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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