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:
Note: This is not a course on camera settings. Students must be proficient using a camera in order to participate.
Other Bonuses of Attending!
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.
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.
Yes, a pizza lunch will be provided!
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!
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!
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.
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!
This class will meet on Saturday, October 5, from 9am to 4pm. Pizza lunch is provided.
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 downtown is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
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.
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.
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.
Start and end times vary from course to course. Please check our website for further information.
Please check the Meeting Space tab for information on venue location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check the Equipment List for the particular Short Course you are interested in attending.
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.
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.
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!
Yes, the full tuition is due upon registration.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.
Yes, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration.
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.
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.
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.
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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