Landscape Photography Fundamentals Whitefish, Montana

May 14, 2022

If you are looking for a one-day class that covers all of the fundamental elements of modern landscape photography then this is it. Join Sarah Ehlen and David Marx as they cover the essential skills and techniques that you need to capture powerful landscape images using your digital camera.

There are a lot of factors that go into creating a striking landscape photograph. This class starts with a review of basic camera skills and settings, moves through composition and exposure basics, and digs into topics specific to landscape photography like shooting sunset photos, and using filters to improve your landscape images.

This full-day class will including lectures, demonstrations, and an evening field shoot. You will learn how to photograph well-exposed, well-composed, in-focus landscape images. Topics Include:

  • Composition for landscape photographers
  • Exposure Basics
  • Camera and Lens Settings
  • Sunrise and Sunset Photography Skills
  • Using Tripods and Filters

Other Bonuses of Attending!

  • 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.


    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!


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

Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • Check-in / Welcome / Lecture: Composition
  • Lecture: Aperture and Shutter Speed
  • Lecture: Camera and Lens Basics for Landscape Photographers
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
  • Lecture: Exposure
  • Lecture: Sunrise and Sunset Photography
  • Lecture: Filters
  • Sunset Field Shoot

Meeting Space

Meeting Space

Your class will meet at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in the Regatta Room. Please arrive at the classroom between 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 14th.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone 877-887-4026 or 406-863-4000

For those coming into Whitefish from out of town who would like to stay at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, you can book a room online or call 877-887-4026.


This is an intermediate-level class for digital SLR or mirrorless camera users. Students should have a basic understanding of photography and knowledge about their cameras for this class. We will review basic exposure concepts, but students should be aware of their camera's basic operations in order to get the most from the course.

Equipment to bring:
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide-angle lens. Feel free to bring other lenses as well.
  • Memory card and charged batteries
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Circular polarizing filter (highly recommended)
  • Neutral density filters (OPTIONAL)
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.



David Marx

David Marx David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel, and night photography. Over the past twenty years, David’s images and time-lapse video clips have been used in dozens of publications, movies, and advertisements.

David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop and his entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels.

You can find David’s ever-expanding Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial library at and on YouTube.

Sarah Ehlen

Photography has been a lifelong passion of Sarah’s with a focus on landscape, nature, and travel imagery. Sarah is the owner of Glacier Photo Guides which leads photography workshops and private-guided photo tours in Glacier National Park and other beautiful places throughout the United States.

Sarah loves helping people learn the skills that they need to take their photography further. She enjoys the process of creating and marketing her images as fine art prints, and her work has also been published in Portland Magazine, Montana Magazine, and Big Sky Journal. With an extensive knowledge of the natural world, Sarah is able to bring a unique perspective to her teaching of landscape and nature 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.