This course is designed for people who have either Speedlight-style flash units, or larger AC electronic strobe/flash units. Concepts presented are not brand-specific, but intended to help you understand how to work with any flash unit, in any situation, and how to confidently make changes to the gear to adjust brightness and get the most out of your unit. In order to enroll in this class, you must have a thorough understanding of manual exposure. The content will be of little value to you if you are a novice with regard to exposure.
There won’t be any focus on which brands are best; rather, the workshop is about working with what you have and how to get better light quality from your existing devices.
That said, we will be utilizing the Godox V1 and the Godox XProS TTL hot-shoe flash trigger devices for the demonstrations. Concepts can be applied to any flash unit — the interfaces and features will vary. If you don’t own a flash, or trigger, we recommend buying a Godox V1 and XProS TTL.
The first session will get you up-and-running with E-TTL, including what it is, how to use it and how to manipulate it. We will shoot with flash on-camera and off-camera. Then we will deep-dive into mixing ambient and strobe together to achieve pleasing results. And we’ll wrap up your knowledge with Manual control of the flash units. Lighting theory and modifying the light will also be covered.
Topics covered include:
*If you have another brand of flash, please know that you will be able to transfer concepts to your particular unit, but your unit may or may not have all the features presented in our lessons or demos. If you do not have a flash trigger like the XProS, you will be limited to on-camera flash use. We highly recommend the Godox V1 and XProS TTL as then you will be able to follow along with the exact tech we are demonstrating — eliminating possible areas of frustration.
Other Bonuses of Attending!
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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!
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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 Design camera strap and more.
This course runs for four half-day sessions. Each session includes classroom and lab time to practice. This class runs in the afternoons, while our Intro to Photoshop class runs in the mornings to allow students to take both classes simultaneously.
Monday, August 8th, 2pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 9th, 2pm-8pm
Wednesday, August 10th, 2pm-8pm
Thursday, August 11th, 2pm-6pm
Godox V1 Flash
Godox XProS-TTL Wireless Trigger
This flash/trigger combination is highly recommended so that students can learn the most from the demonstrations. If students choose to bring another unit, concepts can be applied but the instructor may not be entirely familiar with their specific flash unit.
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
Lens with a focal length between 50mm and 85mm (a zoom lens is okay)
Battery and charger
Optional: Laptop, card reader
This course will be held at RMSP in Missoula, Montana.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
301 Expressway, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59808
Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. Staybridge Suites Missoula is conveniently located a couple of blocks from RMSP. Nightly rates (before tax):
October through May: Studio $99, One Bedroom $109, Two Bedroom $179
June through September: Studio $169, One Bedroom $189, Two Bedroom $249
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.
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. 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.
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.
Check under the Equipment tab on individual courses for information on required software.
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 2022 courses. Our typical Short Course is capped at 16 students, however that may vary.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 30 days prior to the course start date as well as a reminder email a week before the course begins. And of course, if you have questions at any time, please give us a call or email us.
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, digital technician, and location sound mixer. 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."
He worked for many years as a digital technician for Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, Logitech, and Crate & Barrel.
Jeff soon moved into shooting and has shot for Williams Sonoma, Mountain Living Magazine, Keen Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Red Envelope, Robert Mondavi Wines, Mountain Living Magazine, and Cottage Journal Magazine... among others.
Jeff then moved laterally to video capture. Locally, he is the Director of Arrowroot Productions, LLC, a commercial videography business. 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 is regularly called by filmmakers and television networks to record sound-for-video.
He has been a freelancer for over 20 years and takes a 'real-world' approach to his perspective of the photographic and video industry and the skills needed in today's market.
Jeff is a 2001 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Montana. When not working on still
or video projects, Jeff spends time with his wife, son, dog and cat in Missoula,
Montana. He plays bluegrass dobro, banjo, guitar and harmonica to unwind.
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.
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