Lighting on a Budget Missoula, Montana

October 05, 2019

Studio strobes can be expensive. So are flashes. Let us show you how to get into artificial lighting on a budget.

In this one-day course, we will teach you the basics of artificial lighting and how you can take your images to the next level. The course starts with an introduction to light, Kelvin temperature, reflection, incidence, and more. We then move onto using affordable reflectors and scrims to augment existing light sources for maximum effect. Finally, we will give an overview of using affordable “hot lights” to add a key and fill light into your setup for maximum control.

This course will focus primarily on photographing people, small products, and food in the studio.

For students wanting to set-up a small budget “studio” of their own, this course will teach you everything you need to know about DIY ways to build it in an affordable way. For those who want to step it up even more, we have a class on using studio strobes and flashes coming soon.

Here’s a list of what you’ll learn:

  • How to build DIY scrims, reflectors, and stands
  • Using affordable hot lights as your main light source
  • Balancing color in your images to ensure realistic color representation
  • Using these tools on location to craft usable light in any situation
  • Product lighting setups
  • Portrait lighting setups
  • Food lighting setups

Note: This is not a course on camera settings. Students must be proficient using a camera in order to participate.

Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • Leave with a DIY Scrim and a Reflector

    Part of the class is dedicated to building your own scrim and reflector. We will provide the materials and teach you how to do it! Once you build them, we will teach you how to use them to improve your photography.

  • Powerpoint PDF and lighting schematics!

    Students will receive a PDF version of the instructors Powerpoint presentations as well as a couple of lighting setup schematics for product, food, and portrait photography.

  • Free Lunch

    Yes, a pizza lunch will be provided!

  • Continued Learning

    Your education starts before you arrive! Registering gets you access to three of the best PDF guides RMSP has to offer -- one on Lightroom exporting, one on basic exposure, and one on starting your photo business. Just register for this course and we will send you a link to all three via email or text!

  • Networking

    Photography is more fun with friends. Short courses are a great way to meet fellow photographers in your area. We cap the group size at 12 to ensure you get to know your classmates and have a good student-to-teacher ratio. Our recommendation? Make friends and continue to shoot and learn as a group even after the course!

  • More RMSP!

    Our flagship programs, Summer Intensive and Professional Intensive, are a dream for many photographers. We try to make the transition into these programs as easy as possible. If you register for "SI" or "PI" in the future, we will take the cost of this "Short Course" off your SI or PI tuition.

  • #RMSPSWAG

    All RMSP Short Course attendees get a $15 voucher for RMSP swag! Use it on our swag store to pick up a t-shirt, mug, Peak Designs camera strap and more. The best part? Purchase what you want ahead of time and we'll give it to you at the event!

Schedule

Schedule

This class will meet on Saturday, October 5, from 9am to 4pm. Pizza lunch is provided.

Meeting Space

Meeting Space

Your class will meet in Studio B* at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

*Enter the glass doors at 210 N. Higgins Avenue and go straight down the hallway to the glass door at the end of the hall.


Parking

Parking downtown is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Equipment

You do not need a camera to take this class. If you have one, bring it (along with your memory card, battery and charger). But if not, Canon will provide a camera for you to use. If you have a tripod, bring that as well. If not, no worries. It's not required.

You will leave the class with a diffusion panel and white/silver reflector. You'll build both in class. Your course tuition covers all the supplies needed.

What skill level is required to get the most from Short Courses?

A basic understanding of your camera is helpful to get the most out of these courses. For example, students should be able to navigate their camera menus, change f-stops, shutter speeds and ISOs, and have a familiarity with manipulating their exposures.

What is the deadline to sign up?

There is no deadline to sign up, however, seating is limited and all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage students to sign up early in order to guarantee a seat.

What time does it start and end?

Start and end times vary from course to course. Please check our website for further information.

Where is the course located?

Please check the Meeting Space tab for information on venue location.

Will there be time for shooting during the course?

For most Short Courses, there will be opportunities to work with your camera in order to understand some of the concepts being taught, as well as a field shooting session. Check the individual course for more information on what is covered.

I'd like to attend a Short Course, but I don't have a camera. What should I do?

If you don't own a camera, please reach out to us and let us know. We'll send one to the course for you to use.

Is a laptop required?

A laptop is not required, however if you want to participate in the critique session (a part of most courses) you will need to have a way to select and transfer your images to the instructor. This can be as simple as viewing images on the back of the camera or writing down the file numbers and giving the instructor your memory card. However, a computer can streamline this process.

Do I need any special software on my laptop?

Some Short Courses include editing demonstrations. If you wish to participate in the editing demo you will need a copy of Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop.

Will there be electrical outlets available to charge my laptop battery?

We'll do our best to provide as much access as we can to electrical outlets but can't guarantee that you'll have the access you need. We recommend that you come to the course with a fully charged laptop (and camera!) battery.

What else would I need for the course?

Check the Equipment List for the particular Short Course you are interested in attending.

How many people attend Short Courses?

In order to ensure a great experience for all our students, we've capped attendance for our 2019-2020 courses. Check the individual course listing for more information.

What is the instructional staff to student ratio?

There is one instructor at an event, however, if necessary, we will provide an assistant to ensure that the ratio is better than 1 to 10.

Are there any tuition discounts available for Short Courses?

There are no discounts available for Short Courses. However, if you later decide to enroll in RMSP's Summer Intensive or Professional Intensive program, your Short Course tuition is credited back to you in full!

Do I have to pay for the Short Course in full at the time I register?

Yes, the full tuition is due upon registration.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

If you notify RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the course, tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the course, the full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

How early should I register to ensure a seat at a Short Course?

Registrations often come in spurts, so even though there may be plenty of spots left for a course today, there may not be space tomorrow. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure a seat at the Short Course of your choice.

What happens when a Short Course sells out?

Once a Short Course sells out, we stop processing registrations and start a waiting list for that course. There are sometimes cancellations, so we suggest that you put your name on the waiting list even if a course has sold out.

How can I add my name to the waiting list?

To add your name to the waiting list, call or email our office and provide us with your name, phone number(s) and the name of the course you would like to attend. You can call us at (800) 394-7677, or email Bob McGowan in our office at bobm@rmsp.com. You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.

Will I receive confirmation after I register?

Yes, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration.

Will I receive any other information ahead of time?

All information will be available on our website. However, you will also receive an email one week prior to the course date as well as a reminder email the day before the course begins.

Will I need a car during the course?

For most Short Courses, there is no need to drive anywhere. However, there are some Short Courses where you will need to drive to field shoots. We encourage carpooling among participants.

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 Short Course!

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee if notification is received at RMSP at least 10 business days prior to the event. If cancellation is received fewer than 10 business days prior to the event, full tuition is retained by RMSP. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after RMSP receives notice of cancellation.

Tuition
$115
  • Tuition Notes
    High school students get 50% off the tuition. Call us, email, or reach out on Instagram for the discount code. Tuition includes supplies to make a diffusion panel and a white/silver reflector.

Instructor

INSTRUCTOR
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.

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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?

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