Photography I Missoula, Montana

March 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020

If you're interested in learning how to use your camera to capture images of your family, friends, and the beautiful world around you, this intensive two-day class is the perfect place to start. Our goal with this Short Course is to give beginning photographers the knowledge and skills they need for a solid understanding of their camera, fundamental photographic principles, and basic photo management software. In addition to classroom lectures, we help you in the field, one-on-one, with hands-on suggestions for improvement.

This intensive, two-day course is the first in a series of three Short Courses. It is jam-packed with lectures, demonstrations, a field shoot and a critique.

Topics Include:
  • Exposure: Learn how to use the primary Manual controls of your camera to create consistent exposures even in changing light!
  • Histograms: If you don't know what a historgram is, you're in the right place. If you do, you'll learn more about how it can be utilized for better image-making.
  • Memory Card Care: We'll discuss a few important things to know in order to keep our memory cards happy.
  • White balance & Hard/Soft Light: Light is the backbone of our photographs. We need to know how to maintain accurate color and learn how to "see" the light in our scenes and take control of it.
  • Raw vs. JPEG: This is a gib topic, and it's vital; we're going to distill it down to what you need to know to make this choice wisely.
  • Metering Modes: One of the many options on our cameras, we'll discuss how each metering mode works and why this choice matters to your images.
  • Lightroom Classic file management: Knowing a solid workflow to manage your images is half the challenge of mastering photography! Let us show you some tried-and-true techniques.
  • Introduction to Landscape Photography

We'll walk you through three common photographic genres and provide a helpful introduction so that you can operate more confidently in each one.

  • Landscape Photography
  • Portraiture/Kids Portraiture
  • Documentary Photography

In this video, instructor Forest Chaput de Saintonge explains more about our Photography I, II, and III series. He'll help you decide which class or class(es) are right for you!


Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • Cookies!

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  • 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. Our recommendation? Join our RMSP Community to stay in touch with friends, get inspired and continue learning! Membership for RMSP students comes with benefits. Want to learn more about the RMSP Community? Here's some more info.

  • 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 Design camera strap and more. The best part? Purchase what you want ahead of time and we'll give it to you at the event!

Meeting Space

Meeting Space

This course will be held in Room #204 at RMSP. To get to Room #204, enter through the double doors at the address below. Take the stairs to the second floor, turn right and the classroom will be directly in front of you. There will be signs posted in the building directing you to your classroom.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(800) 394-7677


Schedule

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

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00-11:00am
  • Check-in / Welcome / Lecture: Exposure
11:00-11:30am
  • Lecture: Histograms
11:30-noon
  • Lecture: Formatting a memory card
noon-1:30pm
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30-2:30pm
  • Lecture: White balance & Hard/soft light
2:30-2:45pm
  • Lecture: Raw vs jpeg
2:45-3:15pm
  • Lecture: Metering modes
3:15-5:15pm
  • Lecture: Lightroom Classic file management
5:15-6:30pm
  • Dinner Break
6:30-8:15pm
  • Sunset Field Shoot
Sunday, March 15, 2020
9:00-10:30am
  • Critique
10:30am-12:30pm
  • Lecture: Intro to Landscape Photography
12:30-1:30pm
  • Lunch break (on your own)
1:30-2:30pm
  • Lecture: Portraiture/Child Portraiture
2:30-4:30pm
  • Lecture: Documentary Photography
4:30-5:00pm
  • Next steps with your photography

Equipment

  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera (students must have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera to attend. If you are unsure whether your camera fits into either of these two categories, please call us and ask!)
  • While not required, a laptop computer is recommended to fully participate in class demonstrations. If you don’t own a laptop, that’s fine, just understand that you will not be able to follow along with the instructor during the image editing portion of the class.
  • Camera manual
  • At least one lens. The "kit" lens that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) is great!
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful)
  • Note-taking materials
  • Memory card(s)

In addition, for the field shoot:

  • Spare batteries for equipment
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle
What skill level is required to get the most from Short Courses?

With the exception of Photography I, 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 some 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 2020 courses. Our typical Short Course is capped at 16 students.

What is the instructional staff to student ratio?

Most Short Courses have one instructor. However, if necessary, we will provide an assistant to ensure that the ratio is approximately 1 instructor to every 10 students.

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 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
$195
  • Tuition Notes
    For high school and current, full-time college students, the tuition is $25. Call us, email, or reach out to us on Instagram for the discount code.

Instructors

INSTRUCTOR
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.

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INSTRUCTOR
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, then started working as an instructor and teaching assistant. 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.

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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.
INSTRUCTOR
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, hike, photograph, and be an astrophotographer. Forest has a degree 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.

Forest and Sarah also own an aerial media company: Altitude Media

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INSTRUCTOR
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.

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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?

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.