Landscape Photography Whitefish, Montana

November 09, 2019 - November 10, 2019

If you are looking for an intense, two-day class that dives deep into landscape photography, this is it. Join David Marx as he thoroughly covers the best techniques you can use to capture the landscape (and night) images that you've always wanted to get!

It can be a real challenge to photograph the beautiful scenery around us. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a landscape photograph worthy of hanging on our walls or sharing with our friends and family. This class starts with a review of basic exposure, moves through camera and lens basics, and explores topics specific to landscape photography, including sunrise and sunset photography, using filters for landscape, and night photography.

This is a 2-day course including lectures, demonstrations, sunset and sunrise field shoots, and an image critique of work shot during the field shoots. You will learn how to photograph and edit well-exposed, in-focus landscape images. Topics Include:

  • Composition
  • Review of Exposure
  • Camera and Lens Basics
  • Sunrise and Sunset Photography
  • Using Filters
  • Night Photography

Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • Free Lunch on Sunday

    Yes, pizza lunch will be provided in the meeting room on Sunday! (More time to edit your images!)

  • Continued Learning

    Your education starts before you arrive! Registering gets you access to four of the best eBooks RMSP has to offer -- one on Lightroom exporting, one on basic exposure, one on starting your photo business, and one on 10 ways to know if photography is the career for you. 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 16 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.


    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!


Please note that this schedule is tentative and may change dependent on weather and other circumstances.

Saturday, November 9
  • Check-in / Welcome / Lecture: Composition
  • Lecture: Aperture and Shutter Speed
  • Lecture: Camera and Lens Basics
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
  • Lecture: Exposure
  • Lecture: Sunrise and Sunset Photography
  • Sunset Field Shoot
Sunday, November 10
Early Morning
  • Sunrise Field Shoot
  • Image Processing Demonstration
  • Lecture: Filters
  • Lecture: Night Photography
  • Pizza Lunch provided in the classroom
  • Critique
  • Final slide show and farewells

Meeting Space

Meeting Space

Your class will meet at Grouse Moutain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana. Please arrive at the classroom between 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, November 9th.

Grouse Mountain Lodge
2 Fairway Drive
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone 844-868-7474

We will be meeting in the Upper Glacier Room. Enter through the hotel lobby. Turn left once you've gone through the lobby and pass Logan's Bar and Grill. Then take the stairs just past the restaurant and you'll arrive in the Upper Glacier foyer.

There is free parking available at the lodge.

For those coming into Whitefish from out of town who would like to stay at the Grouse Mountain Lodge, you can book a room online or call 844-868-7474.


This is an intermediate-level class. Students should have a basic understanding of photography and their cameras for this class. The class is meant to build on the foundation you already have. We'll review basic exposure, but students should be aware of their camera's basic operations in order to get the most from the course.

Equipment to bring:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide-angle lens
  • Memory card and charged batteries
  • Laptop computer is recommended (but not required) for editing and transferring images for critique.
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizing filter (highly recommeded)
  • Split (graduated) neutral density filter (OPTIONAL)
  • Neutral density filter (OPTIONAL)

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

With the exception of the Photography I Short Course, 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 most 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 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 Notes
    High school students get 50% off the tuition. Call us, email, or reach out on Instagram for the discount code.
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David Marx

David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel, and night photography for 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 Classic and Adobe Photoshop 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 and follow him on Instagram, and YouTube.

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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