Photo Critique: Documentary

April 06, 2021 - May 04, 2021

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. Click here to download the Zoom app on your computer.

Login information will be emailed to all registered students no later than 24 hours before the first class session.

Class sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. Please click "Schedule" for specific dates and times.


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.
  • Sessions 2 and 3: 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.


STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:

"Neil was thoughtful, offered excellent suggestions, and yet was very positive. His experience and expertise was a big part of how he viewed our photos honestly, but suggestions of how to make them better."

"Taking this course motivated me to work hard on new material. I went out and photographed more than I would have otherwise and spent more time working on the photos. I enjoyed seeing other people's work and hearing the instructor's suggestions. I also appreciated the instructor's comments about my work. These comments helped to shape my direction and thoughts about future work."

Schedule

This online class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Tuesday, April 6: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time - Zoom session
  • Tuesday, April 20: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time - Zoom session
  • Tuesday, May 4: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time - Zoom session
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. Click here to download the Zoom app on your computer.

Login information will be emailed to all registered students no later than 24 hours before the first class session.

Are online sessions recorded?

Online sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. 

How many participants are in an Online Course?

It depends on the type of course, but we typically cap online courses at 25 or fewer students. 

What is RMSP's Online Course cancellation policy?

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?

We recommend headphones or ear buds to minimize audio feedback.

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 Online Course!

Cancellation Policy

For Online Courses, 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
$65
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.