Photography II Missoula, Montana

June 01, 2020 - June 02, 2020

Building on the basics taught in Photography I, this intensive two-day course will take your photography to the next level. Sophisticated camera techniques of exposure and focusing are covered, along with image editing and color management. This Short Course includes lectures, demonstrations, a field shoot and a critique. Topics Include:

  • Zone system of exposure: Now that you've mastered manual exposure, learn a new technique for reading the exposure of your scene in a more accurate and applicable way.
  • Hyperfocal focus and drive modes: Maintaining sharp focus throughout your image doesn't have to mean that you shoot at your smallest (less sharp!) apertures. This unique skill offers an alternative that works.
  • Color management: This important and often overlooked skill helps you maintain accurate color in your images from capture to edit to print.
  • Lightroom Classic editing techniques: There are a ton of options avaialble to us in Adobe Lightroom Classic; we'll discuss the primary adjustments every photographer should be using!
  • Equipment discussion: We'll share our best tips for choosing a camera, a computer, a tripod, a lens and more of the photographic gear we love to have!
  • How to maximize your Instagram portfolio: If you want to have more people notice your work and keep up with what you post, use some of these time-tested tips.

We'll walk you through two common photographic genres with a helpful introduction to each.

  • Sports photography
  • Intermediate landscape 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!

  • Snacks!
  • 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!

  • 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.

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    9:00-11:00am
    • Check-in /Lecture: Zone system of exposure
    11:00am-noon
    • Lecture: Hyperfocal focusing
    noon-1:00pm
    • Lunch break
    1:00-2:00pm
    • Lecture: Focus and drive modes
    2:00-3:00pm
    • Lecture: Sports photography
    3:00-4:00pm
    • Lecture: Intermediate landscape photography
    4:30-6:30pm
    • Field Shoot
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    9:00-10:00am
    • Critique
    10:00-11:00am
    • Lecture: Instagram
    11:00am-noon
    • Lecture: Importance of color management
    noon-1:00pm
    • Lunch break
    1:00-2:00pm
    • Lecture: Modifying natural light
    2:00-4:00pm
    • Lecture: Lightroom Classic editing techniques
    4:00-6:00pm
    • Lecture: Equipment - Choosing a camera, computer, tripod, lens, etc.

    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
    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
    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
    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.

    Website

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    INSTRUCTOR
    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.

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    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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    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.