RMSP 30-Year Anniversary Celebration

May 24 — 26, 2019


Join us this Memorial Day Weekend for a celebration of RMSP's 30 year anniversary!!

RMSP has reached a milestone in its history and wants to celebrate with YOU. After all, YOU are what has made RMSP the wonderful place it is!

We've got a fun and information-packed event lined up for you to enjoy. The weekend will include a big party, several classes going on at once, a trade show, critiques, field shoots and a reunion of RMSP graduates from the past 30 years! The only hard part will be choosing which sessions you want to attend! Let RMSP inspire you again and keep you learning and growing as photographers.

We'll start off the weekend with a Friday evening alumni-only party: an evening of food, music and fun held in downtown Missoula will give us a chance to see old friends and meet some new ones.

On Saturday: Classes taught by RMSP's beloved team of instructors! The preliminary class lineup includes:

  • Staying Inspired & Creative
  • 360 Photo & Video
  • Why Do You Photograph? (Re)Discovering What Drives You
  • Creating Natural Poses
  • Managing Lightroom Catalogs Like a Pro
  • Who Is Your Client & How Do You Reach Them?
  • Developing a Photo Project
  • . . . and much more

On Sunday: Demos in the studio, field shoots in picturesque Missoula, a couple more lectures, and peer-to-peer critiquing!

  • Sunrise Shoot
  • Portrait Shoot
  • Night Shoot

Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler is our keynote speaker! Lindsay's presentation is open to the public and free for everyone. Bring your family and friends!

Saturday evening night shoots with Gabe Biderman, and Cliff Hausner!

Trade Show with many of your favorite vendors including B&H, Canon, Sigma, Profoto and many more!

Product Giveways! Plus RMSP special 30-year branded swag!

Networking galore!


Tuition is $20 for RMSP alumni and $50 for anyone else... for the entire weekend! (Discount automatically applied unless the last RMSP class you attended was before 2003. In that case, call 406-543-0171 to receive your discount.)

Sorry, no refunds for cancellations or no-shows.

Sign up now and make your plans to join us! Give us a call if you have any questions.

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Please note that this schedule is tentative and may change. We'll post any changes on this page.

Friday Evening

  • Alumni-Only Party in downtown Missoula


  • Check-in
  • Session 1
    • Advanced Photo Storage: Upgrading to a NAS Device
    • Getting Started in Film Photography
    • Landscape Photography Techniques
    • Staying Inspired & Creative
  • Session 2
    • Advertising on Facebook & Instagram
    • Exposure & Zone: Solidify Your Foundation
    • Timelapse Photography Basics
    • (Re)Discovering What Drives You
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
  • Session 3
    • 360 Photo & Video
    • Crafting a Consistent Style
    • Creating Natural Poses
    • The Photographer's Ephemeris
  • Session 4
    • Developing a Photo Project
    • Managing Lightroom Catalogs Like a Pro
    • Photographing Wildlife with Intention
    • Who is Your Client and How Do You Reach Them?
  • Dinner Break (on your own)
  • Night Shoot with Gabe (light painting and star trails at Fort Missoula - meet at Historical Museum)
  • Night Shoot with Cliff (night portraits in downtown Missoula - meet at RMSP at 216 N. Higgins Ave.)


  • Session 1
    • Sunrise Shoot (with Doug Johnson at Maclay Flat - meet in the parking lot)
  • Session 2
    • Open Lab Session: Edit Your Photos
    • Lecture: Buying Lenses (with Neil Chaput de Saintonge)
    • Studio Demo: Reviewing/Intro to Studio Lighting (with Cliff Hausner)
    • Shoot: Outdoor Portrait (with Quinn Hegwood at Council Grove State Park - meet in the parking lot)
  • Session 3
    • Critique: Peer-to-Peer
    • Critique: Group (with Neil Chaput de Saintonge)
    • Studio Demo: Lighting Faces and Portraiture (with Cliff Hausner)
    • Shoot: Outdoor Portrait continued (with Quinn Hegwood at Council Grove State Park - meet in the parking lot)
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
  • Session 4
    • Critique: Peer-to-Peer
    • Critique: Group (with Neil Chaput de Saintonge)
    • Studio Demo: Capturing Splash Images (with Jeff McLain)
    • Outdoor Lighting Demo: Mixing Daylight and Strobe with the Profoto B10 (with Cliff Hausner - meet outside the Todd Building)
  • Session 5
    • Networking Session: Networking by Genre
    • Lecture: Mirrorless Cameras (with Neil Chaput de Saintonge)
    • Studio Demo: Dark Field Lighting (with Jeff McLain)
    • Outdoor Lighting Demo: Mixing Daylight and Strobe with the Profoto A1X (with Cliff Hausner - meet outside the Todd Building)
  • Wrap up! Door prizes and ice cream on the UM Oval. You must be present to win!

Saturday Classes

Session 1: Pick One

Advanced Photo Storage: Upgrading to a NAS Device (Forest Chaput de Saintonge and Tony Rix): If you’re struggling to organize and store many Terabytes of media, it might be time to upgrade to Network Attached Storage (NAS). NAS can be a simple way to store a large volume of photos and videos in a fast, redundant, and reliable way. Class will include dedicated time for Q&A.

Getting Started (or Restarted!) in Film Photography (Calum Stewart): Rediscover the magic of film and learn the basics of an analog workflow in the digital age. Topics include shooting, developing, and scanning your images.

Landscape Photography Techniques (Doug Johnson): Learn the basics of composition, lighting, hyperfocal focusing for sharpness, and practical ways to achieve perfect landscape imagery.

Staying Inspired & Creative (Quinn Hegwood): Is your camera collecting dust? Come to this class for some inspirational fuel and creative ideas to help you pick up your camera even when you don’t want to.

Session 2: Pick One

Advertising on Facebook & Instagram (Sarah and Forest Chaput de Saintonge): Reach your ideal clients exactly where they are. We’ll share tips for building your strategy, targeting your audience, creating captivating ads, evaluating their success, and using Facebook Ad Manager effectively.

Exposure & Zone: Solidify Your Foundation (Doug Johnson): Whether you’re diving into the world of photography for the first time or the tenth, technical proficiency is vital. This class covers the basics of f-stops, shutter speed, and ISO – plus an overview of Ansel Adams’ Zone System of exposure.

Timelapse Photography Basics (David Marx): Looking for a new skill that combines creativity and technical know-how? Learn the basics of planning, shooting, importing, editing, and exporting timelapse videos. Why Do You Photograph?

(Re)Discovering What Drives You (Jessica Carter): Are you in a photographic rut, feeling lost, or simply wanting to bring more confidence and purpose into your work? For enthusiasts and professionals alike, this class is a chance to revisit what got you into photography and reinvigorate what drives you.

Session 3: Pick One

360 Photo & Video (Tony Rix and Forest Chaput de Saintonge): Learn how to capture moments in a whole new way with a 360 camera. The class will cover available 360 cameras on the market and tips for shooting, editing, and sharing these unique files.

Crafting a Consistent Style (Sarah Chaput de Saintonge): Learn to edit your images in a consistent way that reflects your own photographic vision and style. We’ll cover Lightroom’s HSL, Curves, and Camera Calibration panels – plus how to create usable presets for recreating your favorite looks.

Creating Natural Poses (Alex Adams): We get it: posing people feels awkward. Through this demo class you’ll discover tips and tricks to eliminate that awkwardness – both for you and your subject – and help you create more natural, authentic moments.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (Rob Gappert): Timing Your Shoots with the Sun: What if you could know the exact moment the sun would peek out from behind a mountain and cast beautiful golden light across your scene? Well, you can – with The Photographer’s Ephemeris. Be sure to bring your laptop to learn the basics of this powerful online tool.

Session 4: Pick One

Developing a Photo Project (Neil Chaput de Saintonge and Quinn Hegwood): Have you ever thought about embarking on a true photo project? This class will help you get started with strategies and tips for generating project ideas, setting parameters and goals, shooting, and staying inspired from beginning to end.

Managing Lightroom Catalogs Like a Pro (Forest Chaput de Saintonge): Dive deep into the Lightroom catalog structure, understand how to fix common problems, and learn how to avoid future messes. Topics include creating new or temporary catalogs, merging existing catalogs, and implementing a successful workflow when you’re traveling.

Photographing Wildlife with Intention (Jessica Carter): Whether you’ve been photographing wildlife for years or just dreaming of capturing your first great shot, this class will help you photograph animals with intention. Explore how to create varied compositions and capture compelling moments – all while using ethical field practices.

Who Is Your Client and How Do You Reach Them? (Ben Ferencz): Knowing your target market is critical for every professional photographer. This class will introduce you to select strategies for identifying and reaching your ideal clients.

Evening Sessions

Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler will deliver an all-group lecture with lessons from her experience as an accomplished fashion photographer. Click here for more details.

Night Shoot with Gabe (light painting and star trails at Fort Missoula - meet at Historical Museum)

Night Shoot with Cliff (night portraits in downtown Missoula - meet at RMSP at 216 N. Higgins Ave.)

Meeting Spaces

Meeting Spaces and Event Locations

Saturday, May 25
Classes and the trade show on Saturday will be held on the UM Campus in Continuing Education Conference Center in the James Todd Building.

Continuing Education Conference Center
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Map to the Continuing Education Conference Center

Saturday evening, May 25
The Saturday evening keynote presentation by Lindsay Adler will be held on the UM Campus in the Music Recital Hall.

Music Recital Hall
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Map to the Music Recital Hall

Sunday, May 26
Classes, studio sessions, critiques and the trade show on Sunday will be held on the UM Campus in Continuing Education Conference Center in the James Todd Building.

Continuing Education Conference Center
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Map to the Continuing Education Conference Center

Sunday field shoots will be held in the local Missoula area. Maps will be available at the event.
The event ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, with an all-group gathering for door prizes and ice cream at the UM Oval!


Travel Details


Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. The hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.

Missoula Hotels

A great option for lodging is downtown Missoula's newest hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott, in the historic Mercantile Building. It's gorgeous and just one block from RMSP! You'll receive the special RMSP rate if you use this link.

Another hotel we recommend is the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown. For more information about the Holiday Inn, click here.

Another option you might consider is Staybridge Suites Missoula. For more information about Staybridge Suites, click here.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest airport for this workshop is Missoula International Airport.

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 725-4381

Transportation during the Event

You are responsible for your own transportation during the event. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.

Most major car rental companies are represented at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details: flymissoula.com/parking-transportation/rental-car-center.

Missoula’s locally-owned Dollar Rent A Car franchise offers a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students. To take advantage of this rate, contact them directly at the phone number below and mention that you are an RMSP student.

Dollar Rent-A-Car
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 542-2311

What to Bring

We want your experience at our event to be full of learning and fun. Here are some things you might want to bring along. If you have any questions, please call Bob McGowan in our office at 800-394-7677 or 406-543-0171.

Definitely Bring:
  • Note-taking materials
  • Your business cards (for networking!)
  • Camera gear (see below)
  • Your images (see below)
  • Your smiling face! (this is mandatory!)
  • Laptop with your photo hard drive (and laptop charger)

For the Critiques on Sunday:
  • A portfolio of 15 to 20 of your best images (on your laptop) for peer-to-peer critique.
  • Bring two (2) images loaded on a flash drive for the group critique with Neil (include one of your favorites and one that you want to learn how to improve).

For General Field Shooting:
  • Camera w/card and spare batteries
  • Tripod
  • Bring any lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful.)

For the Night Shoot with Gabe Biderman on Saturday Evening:
  • A flashlight
  • Gabe uses Coast flashlights and loves the HP5r and HP7r. Use the code parksatnight and save 30% off any purchase from coastportland.com.
  • You might bring a low-powered red light flashlight for navigation and adjusting your equipment. The Coast G9 or AAA Mini Mag are good choices.

Local Activities

There are plenty of fun things to do in and around Missoula. Lucky for us, we happen to be located in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

If you are a lover of nature, consider getting out and exploring some of these beautiful places: "Recommended Excursion Locations". If you don't have a car, and you're looking for something nearby, consider hiking the iconic "M" trail . The trailhead is within walking distance to downtown Missoula, and it offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding area throughout the hike.

All of that hiking will require some energy, so you might consider starting your day off with some coffee from one of our delicious local coffee shops. Some of our favorites are Zootown Brew (try the waffles too!), Butterfly Herbs (cash only), Liquid Planet, Black Coffee Roasting Co., and Break Espresso. If you like a little something sweet with your coffee, we recommend Bernice's Bakery or Le Petit Outre.

All of that hiking will most certainly work up your appetite, so consider some of our favorite places around town to grab a bite. For quick eats, Taco Del Sol, 5 on Black, Pie Hole, Bridge Pizza, Notorious PIG, and Doc's Sandwich Shop are some of our favorites. If you are looking for something a little more slow paced, try Cafe Dolce, Thomas Meagher Bar, Catalyst Cafe, Biga Pizza, or Scotty's Table.

If you're in the mood for a post dinner drink, Missoula has no shortage of locally brewed craft beers. Some of our favorites are from Conflux Brewing Co., Tamarack Brewing Co., Imagination Brewery, Gild Brewing, Highlander Beer and Big Sky Brewing. If beer is not your thing, don't worry, there are plenty of other options! If you enjoy a nice glass of wine, give Plonk a try. If you enjoy cocktails, Montgomery distillery has refreshing locally distilled spirits. If you like something a little sweeter, try our local cidery Western Cider.

Speaking of sweets, we have a few great local ice cream shops that you should try. We recommend Big Dipper, Sweet Peaks, or Caffe Dolce (gelato) to satisfy that sweet tooth.

We realize that it's not all about food, so here are a few other recommendations for making the most of your time in Missoula. Check out the historic Roxy Theatre for a truly unique moviegoing experience, or Missoula staple Rockin Rudy's for a huge selection of funky and unique gifts. If you're into the arts, consider a visit to the Missoula Art Museum located downtown, or the Art and Culture Museum located at the University of Montana. If live music is your jam, catch a show at the historic Wilma or the Top Hat.

Missoula also has some great seasonal Farmer's Markets that are worth a visit, such as the Clark Fork Market and the Missoula Saturday Market. You can find out more information on our local markets via this link.

In addition to all of these suggestions, there always are unique events happening every day in Missoula. Check out the following links for additional suggestions on how to make the most of your time in Missoula!




Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator and having been named one of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. She has worked with some of the top brands in the photographic and related industries such as Canon and Adobe.  Her client list consists of Grey, Edelman, Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi and more.

A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. 

Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms such as CreativeLive, KelbyOne, and the industry's largest conferences, or through her blog, DVD videos, online tutorials or her five books. 

She is located in Manhattan shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light.



Gabe Biderman

Gabriel Biderman has been exploring the night topography for over 20 years. Using film and digital, he blends the surreal look of the night to enhance historic and urban landscapes. Biderman’s work has been exhibited in NY, London, San Francisco, and Hawaii and he is the author of the recently released book Night Photography – From Snapshots to Great Shots. To learn more about Gabriel visit ruinism.com



Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.


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.

Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz is an art director/graphic designer originally from New York. His work can be seen incorporated into the graphic communications of such brands as MoMA, Yves Saint Laurent, Phaidon, Gucci, MTV, Reebok, Pepsi, Adventure Cycling, Montana Art Museum and The University of Montana. With his wife, Julie, and daughter, Evelyn, Ben resides in St. Ignatius, Montana, where he continues to design and farm. He is the founder and creative director of The Design Cooperative.



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.



Jeff McLain

Jeff McLain is a photographer, videographer, and digital retoucher.

After his photography education, Jeff got his start as a freelance photo assistant in San Francisco working on editorial, catalog and advertising shoots. His skills in Photoshop and computing allowed him to help photographers bridge the gap between the film days and all-digital workflows, and he stood at the forefront of the advent of the career of the "Digital Technician."

Jeff soon moved into shooting, and then moved laterally to video capture. His background as a multi-instrumental musician has also benefited his understanding of sound design and audio capture, which can be a technically challenging aspect of film-making.

He worked for many years as a digital technician for Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and a slew of others. As a photographer, he has shot for Williams Sonoma, Mountain Living Magazine, Keen Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Red Envelope, and Robert Mondavi Wines, among others.

He has loaded 15 cases of equipment onto planes, coordinated with Spanish-speaking producers in Mexico, photographed hamburgers by window-light in Hong Kong, shot smoothies on the balcony of Rudolph Valentino's Hollywood mansion, talked about film technology on a photo shoot with George Lucas, and has worked out of helicopters, Cessnas and random hotel rooms.

He has been a freelancer for over 15 years and takes a 'real-world' approach to his perspective of the photographic industry and the skills needed in today's market. Locally, he and his wife own and operate a boutique wedding videography business.

Jeff is a 2001 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography and has B.A. from the University of Montana. When not shooting in-studio or on-location, Jeff spends time with his wife, son, dog and cat in Missoula, Montana. He plays bluegrass dobro, banjo and guitar to unwind.



Rob Gappert

Rob Gappert is a landscape and nature photographer. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota but now calls Missoula home. Rob enjoys the outdoors and has been shooting landscapes for the better part of 15 years. He loves to travel with his family and is a self-proclaimed “National Park Junkie”. Rob is a 2015 Summer Intensive graduate and loves to share his passion for the art.


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.



Quinn Hegwood

Quinn Hegwood is one of RMSP's core instructors, specializing in printing and social media. She enjoys photographing people in their natural habitat, primarily mothers and children, and she is on a constant search for light. Quinn is passionate about helping students to discover the artist within themselves.

Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter is all about balance: passion with practicality, simplicity with thoroughness, creativity with strategy. She even balanced a degree in business administration with one in public administration. Jessica has worked with small nonprofits, universities, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Through most of her career, she’s developed and managed programs for college students, adult learners, retirees, and alumni. (Speaking of alumni, she’s also a graduate of RMSP’s Summer Intensive.) Jessica is currently the Program Director at RMSP where she manages the Professional Intensive and Summer Intensive programs, balancing the big-picture curriculum with logistical details. She teaches business planning and management courses in Professional Intensive, and she loves bringing new ideas, helpful insights, and a boost of energy to aspiring entrepreneurs. Jessica’s love of teaching is second only to her love of nature; in addition to business courses, she also teaches wildlife, nature, and abstract photography.

Cal Stewart

Cal Stewart is an Australian photographer, currently based in Missoula, MT, who shoots a mix of commercial, conceptual, documentary and fine art portrait photography. Cal has undertaken projects in Montana, Europe and northern Africa. Cal is passionate about the use of film as a capture medium because of its history, aesthetic value and the unique possibilities it can offer to the artistic process. A Rocky Mountain School of Photography Summer Intensive graduate, he has explored much of the world with his camera and is passionate about helping you do the same.

David Marx

David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel, and night photography. Over the past twenty years, David’s images and time-lapse video clips have been used in dozens of publications, movies, and advertisements.

David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC and his entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels.

You can find David’s ever expanding Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial library at focusphotoschool.com and follow him on Instagram, YouTube, and Google+.

Admission Price: $50
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP: $30