Introduction to Flash Photography Missoula, Montana

August 08, 2022 - August 11, 2022

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.

Topics covered include:

  • Setting up and using your flash unit
  • Manual flash
  • Mixing flash and ambient
  • Off-camera flash
  • Modifiers
  • TTL - what it is, how to use it, and advantages/disadvantages
  • And lots of practice time!

*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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  • 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!

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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.


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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-6pm

Tuesday, August 9th, 2pm-6pm

Wednesday, August 10th, 2pm-6pm

Thursday, August 11th, 2pm-6pm

Equipment & Supplies

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)

Camera battery and charger

Extra batteries for your flash unit (rechargeable recommended)

Optional: Laptop, card reader, tripod

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


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

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 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.

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
    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.


Julia Gremaux

Julia Gremaux is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Montana. Since attending the Professional Intensive program at RMSP, she has gone through many wedding seasons and countless hours of editing photos. She loves meeting new people and telling their stories through her photographs.

As a Montana native, a lot of her photography work reflects her fondness for the outdoors, but she also loves producing professional studio headshots, indoor family sessions, and even the occasional product photo work.

Julia has logged over 100+ hours editing photos in Photoshop and Lightroom; these programs are now her second language. After hours of editing, she loves to go on walks with her adopted doggie, Roz, who is also her adventure partner.

Her weekends are filled with weddings and portraits, while she spends her weekdays as a full-time content creator and instructor at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

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.