Introduction to Photoshop Missoula, Montana

August 08, 2022 - August 11, 2022

When most photographers hear the word "Photoshop", they either get excited or get overwhelmed. We’d like you to be, simply, knowledgeable.

Here’s why: Photoshop is the most incredible program we’ve ever used. It has purposes for graphic designers, animators, videographers, architects, interior designers, advertisers, developers, artists… And we want to teach you why it’s so incredible for photographers!

Learn how to start using it with instructor Jeff McLain, a veteran photographer and digital technician for clients such as Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Mountain Hardwear, and many others.

Jeff’s philosophy is about teaching you the foundations of the program so that you can expand that knowledge over time — rather than just showing you automated filters or push-button features, he wants you to know what the tools do, and how they can help you elevate your photographs!

Reasons why photographers might want to know Photoshop:

  • It’s a BEAST of a program and can vastly improve your images, even beyond what you thought possible.
  • It enables photographers to combine multiple images into composites.
  • It gives you the ability to precisely select and adjust certain areas of an image.
  • We call it a pixel-pusher, which allows you to turn what you photographed into creative art.
  • The methods it uses (layers and masks) are very helpful once you understand them.
  • It can do many things Lightroom and Capture One Pro cannot do.

Reasons why you should learn Photoshop in this workshop:

  • Jeff will help it make sense through hands-on application.
  • The follow-along method we use in our software workshops is tried and true.
  • We commit to answering every student’s questions (big or small) before they leave the course.
  • Jeff is committed to teaching you what the tools do, how they work, and the theory behind the program’s interface and workflow – which will set you up to be able to continue to expand on your foundational knowledge over time. It won’t be confusing anymore!
  • The best thing about photography is community — why learn alone?

Course topics include:

  • Preferences, Workspaces and SetUp
  • Color Settings, Color Spaces
  • The Tools
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Selections and Modifying them
  • Layers and Retouching
  • Adjustments
  • Basic Masking
  • Sharpening, Contact Sheets, GIFs


This course runs for four half-day sessions. Each session includes classroom and lab time to practice. This class runs in the mornings, while our Intro to Flash Photography class runs in the afternoon/evenings to allow students to take both classes simultaneously.

Monday, August 8th, 8am-1pm

Tuesday, August 9th, 8am-1pm

Wednesday, August 10th, 8am-1pm

Thursday, August 11th, 8am-1pm

Equipment & Supplies

Laptop computer

Minimum specifications:

  • Quad-core CPU with a clock speed of at least 2GHz
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 256GB of Internal SSD storage

Please reach out to RMSP for a recommendation if you do not already own a laptop and would like help choosing the perfect one.

External Mouse (if you aren't proficient using a trackpad/touchpad)

Adobe Photoshop (Please arrive with the newest version installed on your computer.)

Meeting Space

This course will be held at RMSP in Missoula, Montana.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
301 Expressway, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 543-0171

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. 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?

Check the Equipment tab for individual courses to see what is required. For photo editing course, a laptop is required. For most other courses, 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?

Check under the Equipment tab on individual courses for information on required software.

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 2022 courses. Our typical Short Course is capped at 16 students, however that may vary.

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?

On some Short Courses there is a discount available for currently-enrolled high school students. In addition (and something that applies to everyone), if you take a Short Course and then at some point 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.



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 is the Director of Arrowroot Productions, LLC, a commercial 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.



Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

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Creative Cloud Subscription

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What Gear Do You Need?

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