Not quite ready to commit to our Summer Intensive program but tempted to spend a fun-filled week steeped in photography? RMSP has a workshop for you. You'll be amazed how much you can learn in just a few days.

At RMSP, you won't find workshop instructors shooting alongside their students. They're here to teach, not build their own portfolios. They'll look through your viewfinder with you, take you to all the insider spots, and show you how to capture that perfect photo you've always wanted to take.

Description


When it comes to beautiful places, Glacier National Park is a landscape photographer’s heaven. With wandering trails, expansive scenery, massive mountains and perfect sunsets, this park is more than a place to roam – it’s a place to experience. This workshop will take you from the waterfalls, majestic peaks and wildflowers on the east side of the park – up to Logan Pass on Going to the Sun Road – and down to the west side and gorgeous Avalanche Lake and Lake McDonald.

Join long-time RMSP instructor and landscape photographer Tim Cooper as he leads you to the best locations at the best times, helping you create striking images of this breathtaking park.

Tim will lecture on the Zone System of exposure, which was taught and used by Ansel Adams. He’ll help students learn how to compose their images for greater impact and how to process and create HDR composites. Students will receive one-on-one attention and specialized critiques.

Students will leave this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding of Ansel Adams’ Zone System.
  • Experiences and images from the best time + location combinations Glacier offers.
  • Feedback about what is and isn’t working about their images.
  • More!

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of your camera’s Manual mode.
  • Due to some hiking at high altitude (7,000 feet), it is recommended you be in good physical condition.
  • A camera, tripod, laptop, and hiking boots! (see full equipment list here).

Description


Palouse Country seems custom made for the benefit of landscape photographers. Located in eastern Washington, south of Spokane along the Idaho border, this 4,000-square-mile region is a patchwork of rolling farmland, colorful farmhouses and flour mills rich in character. This is no tourist attraction put on “for show”. These are working farms of rich, fertile soil, producing huge crops of wheat, barley, lentils and grapes.

We’re returning to the Palouse with a second workshop this year. This time it’s at the end of the season, during the last weeks of harvest when the fields have changed from vibrant green to beautiful golden browns. Farmers are busy working, finishing the harvest and getting their fields ready for next year’s crops. You’ll see the area in action as massive combines, tractors and other farm machinery do their work.

Based in the town of Colfax, WA, you venture to Steptoe Butte State Park with panoramic views that seem to go on forever, and to Palouse Falls State Park to capture Washington’s official waterfall. Photograph along Chicken Ranch Road Loop, Prairie Loop and Green Hollow to photograph the multi-colored farm fields that make the Palouse Country so visually intoxicating.

Here’s what you get by attending this workshop in the late summer: Deeper colors, longer shoot-able hours, and a different kind of light.

We can’t wait to share this with you.

Students will spend a week with instructor-extraordinaire Doug Johnson learning how to:

  • Identify the best times of day to photograph a landscape using specialized software.
  • Discover what the best times are to photograph a specific location.
  • Shoot for and stitch together Panoramic images and HDR images.
  • Edit their landscape images for greatest impact using Adobe Lightroom.
  • Create compelling landscape images in-camera instead of relying on post-processing.
(Love the idea of the Palouse, but spring dates won’t work? Fear not! Doug is also teaching this workshop in the spring.)

Description


When photographers start out, most of them spend a couple of seconds reading their camera manual, quite a few minutes fiddling with the controls, and the following few years thinking they’ve “got it.” But then they look back and realize their photos on their fancy camera aren’t much better than their smartphone photos.

Our goal with this workshop is to help photographers gain a solid understanding of their camera, fundamental photographic principles, and best practices for lighting so that their photos will constantly improve. Plus, we help you in-person, with hands-on suggestions for improvement.

During this week of learning the basics, you explore the craft of photography with RMSP graduate turned photo educator Sarah Ehlen, who makes the process fun.  Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively (but gentle) critique sessions, you learn the topics indoors in the classroom and then actively explore them through trial and error during field shoots outdoors.  We'll take you to locations such as the Moon-Randolph Homestead, the University of Montana campus, Fort Missoula, Rattlesnake Creek Recreation area and Caras Park in the heart of downtown Missoula.

As for the information taught, where to begin…

  • Manual Mode on your camera and why it’s worth it
  • How the reciprocal relationship of aperture, shutter speed and ISO really works
  • Why light is always your most important subject
  • How to shape and form your images with light
  • What composition actually is and some best practices for how you “see”
  • What a light meter is and why it’s in your camera – and different metering modes
  • White balance
  • Depth of field
  • Using a histogram
  • Constructive group critiques and one-on-one attention
  • Gaining confidence
  • Gaining confidence
  • Gaining confidence

If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you, here are a couple of blog posts for you to review. This may help you decide if this Basic course is best for you, or if Tony’s Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Description


Instructor Chase Guttman wrote the handbook for drone photography… literally. And if you want to add drone photography into your photographic skillset, he is the guy to learn from.

Photographers are an inquisitive and determined bunch when it comes to pushing the envelope in order to get “the shot.” We will travel to the ends of the earth to find better light. We will suspend ourselves from bridges to get a new angle. We will take thousands of dollars of gear underwater just to see a new perspective. So the overwhelming desire to achieve incredible angles from impossible locations should come as no surprise to anyone. Thanks to the surge in popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, (aka: “drones” to us regular folks), photographers around the world are creating imagery that wasn’t even possible a few years ago.

Whether you have a bit of experience using a drone, are chomping at the bit to get started, or are somewhere in between, this course held in and around Missoula, MT will make you stand up and take notice.

What You Learn: From day one, you will be running at full speed toward gaining a comprehensive understanding of this niche. From turning on your drone, to connecting it to your phone or iPad, cycling through the various flight modes, and moving it through the air effectively, you will quickly gain comfort with the tools. Progressing through the week, Chase will dive into topics including lighting for drone photography, composition, finding supreme shooting locations, post-processing considerations, as well as some of his pro tips on how to get the most out of your locations. In addition, one of the most important things to think about regarding drone photography are the legal considerations revolving around drones, something Chase plans to cover thoroughly.

Can you photograph with a drone without taking this workshop? Yes, of course. But we don’t recommend it. There are so many best practices for drone photography that we would love to help you with, so we hope you’ll join us.

Chase will teach students about:

  • How to fly a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)
  • The regulations of flying a drone
  • The many flight modes of drones
  • What types of locations are most interesting for drone photographers
  • Lighting, composition, and exposure in drone photography
  • Things to consider if starting up a drone photography business

Description


Why not go to Maine with your camera? Really, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. And we’re northwest-people, but we truly can’t get enough of Maine.

From the deep blues of the North Atlantic waters to the pinks of morning sunrises, it’s clear that this area is a color photographer's dream come true.  Add fall foliage into the mix and you have the perfect time to visit New England. Autumn color blankets the granite shoreline and the thick inland forests. White birches stand out against red, orange and yellow maple leaves. Nearby rocky crags reach out from the pounding surf.

A colorful character himself, Doug Johnson guides you through this week of beautiful scenery and photographic discoveries while providing an experience you won’t soon forget. As any trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without visits to charming lighthouses and quaint harbor towns, you photograph Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, journey to Monhegan Island and discover endless compositions around Friendship Harbor. While visiting Acadia National Park, you photograph from atop Cadillac Mountain, along the ever-changing rocky coastline near Otter Cliffs and in the Birch Forest at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

This course leads you through these many shooting locations – always at the best times of day – and Doug is right there with you, available to work side-by-side with you, answer your questions and talk you through any challenging situations. On top of that, he will offer constructive group critiques of your images so that you can improve tenfold.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to properly expose their images with the Zone System of exposure.
  • How hyperfocal focusing can help you achieve sharpness throughout your entire image.
  • How to use Adobe Lightroom to process your images for greatest impact.
  • How to improve your landscape compositions.
  • When to photograph for the best possible lighting in your images.

Description


This workshop is built for people who want to increase their photograph knowledge beyond just shooting on Manual and centering their light meter on “0.” (Psst, if these are foreign concepts, check out Basic Photography.)

Because instructor Tony Rizzuto leads participants through hands-on exercises of the concepts he teaches, students always leave this workshop satisfied and excited to continue photographing – with a newfound confidence. The material taught is almost second to the experience of learning from one of the best teachers in the industry and giving yourself dedicated time to improve your vision for your work.

You'll go on field shoots to several locations within the Missoula vicinity, including Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Garnet Ghost Town, the historic town of Philipsburg, and a local nursery for learning how to get up close.  Tony's humorous and easygoing teaching style make for a comfortable learning environment.  He leads group critiques that further your growth by offering constructive ideas for how you can improve.  Tony will challenge you to seek out creative compositions as you experience the difference between taking a picture and designing a memorable image. 

When it comes to what this class includes, it starts with a (quick) review of the basics and launches into a week of exploring:

  • The Zone System of exposure (worth the tuition on its own)
  • Macro photography techniques and practice
  • Composition considerations so that your photos are purposeful and impactful
  • Low-light and night photography – because shooting for the stars is never a bad thing
  • Ghost towns, small towns and rural Montana

 

Big Bend National Park

11/1/2018 - 11/7/2018

Description


Join us for this exciting trip to one of America’s best-kept secrets. Named for the curving path of the Rio Grande river marking the border between Texas and Mexico, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest and most diverse parks in this country. Most major ecological zones exist side by side here, ranging from arid deserts to verdant mountain forests.

Where the rocky Chisos Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert, we find extraordinary landscapes, rare plant species, and scenic views that will knock your socks off. From Santa Elena Canyon on the western edge to Boquillas Canyon on the east and all the wide-open valleys and mountain splendor in between, landscape photographers are bound to find plenty of captivating subject matter. Outside the park, we’ll visit the ghost town of Terlingua, a funky, picturesque oasis that’s alive with history and a great place to relax and have a delicious meal.

When it comes to hands-on attention, Doug is unmatched, and we are certain you’ll walk away from this experience a better photographer because of it. Doug will take you to the best places at the best times. He’ll help you create the best possible pictures of this area, and he will look at your camera with you while you’re trying to create them.

This gorgeous location is not complete without a serious amount of time spent on photographic techniques that you can use anywhere, not just in Texas.

Instructor Doug Johnson will cover:

  • A review of exposure
  • Landscape photography
  • Hyperfocal focusing
  • Zone System
  • Lightroom
  • Composition
  • Shooting panoramas and HDR’s

Description


Great landscape photographers are not born, but created, through many years of study and practice. One of these greats is Doug Johnson, the instructor for this workshop held in two of the nation's most scenic parks. Let him lead you through the arches and deserts of Utah as he helps you gain confidence in your skills, your camera, and your own images.

As with all genres of photography, landscape photography is all about the light and being in the right place at the right time. Doug will show you the best locations in these two incredible parks and he will take you to them when the sun enhances their textures for the most impactful images. In Arches National Park, you’ll explore the world’s largest concentration of sandstone arches in a scenic wonderland of wildflowers and gorgeous desert light. In neighboring Dead Horse State Park and Green River Overlook, the magic light of sunrise and sunset await you.

Here are just a few of the things Doug will teach during this workshop:

  • Hyperfocal focusing to ensure perfect sharpness from foreground to background
  • The Zone System of exposure for accurate in-camera exposures every time
  • Night photography techniques and considerations
  • Post-processing best-practices to make images stand out while still looking natural
  • How to identify great compositions in the field and arrange shapes, lines and elements

Students who attend this workshop should expect:

  • One-on-one attention from the instructor
  • Personalized image critiques
  • Early mornings and late nights spent shooting
  • Hands-on, indoor instruction during the hottest midday hours
  • Intermediate instruction level; students should be comfortable operating their cameras in Manual mode
  • Moderately strenuous conditions, hiking up to three (3) miles at a time as well as up and down stairs and along uneven surfaces

This workshop is limited to 13 students.

Description


Adobe Lightroom CC is Adobe’s new software for photographers who need organizational and editing capabilities that can keep up with their busy lives. Adobe Lightroom CC stores your images on the cloud, so you can easily access them and edit them on any device through the desktop or mobile applications.

On top of these awesome features, the usability of Adobe Lightroom CC is surprising. Once we get you started on the right path with this program, you’ll be off and running for years to come!

Let us help you get your foundation all squared away in this thorough two-day workshop.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Raw image enhancement skills using Adobe Lightroom CC’s development tools
  • Understanding of cloud storage for your photos and how to maintain your organizational system
  • Comfortability with Adobe Lightroom CC’s machine-learning tools and AI search features
  • Practice sharing your favorite photos at lightroom.adobe.com and on social media

Important: There are now two versions of Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Lightroom CC. RMSP has workshops for each program! Both versions of Lightroom have their own advantages and disadvantages and students should think carefully before choosing the one to learn. Watch the video below to learn more about the two versions and why you might want to choose one over the other!

Description


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic is one of the most powerful image-editing programs for photographers. We are impressed by its organizational mastery and the powerful raw processing that works beneath the surface of the Develop module. Which is why, in this workshop, we spend plenty of time teaching students how to best use both.

Just pick up any book on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and it’ll tell you: it’s important to understand the program before you start using it. There are some quirks about it. Like a few non-default settings that really should be default. Like the way Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic links to the physical locations of image files that shouldn’t be moved. Like the way you should always back up your catalog file and why.

Let us help you make sense of all the specifics in this thorough three-day workshop.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding of workflow for storing, archiving and organizing images using the Library and Map modules
  • New techniques for making images look like what your eyes saw
  • A strategy for backing up your images to prevent any loss due to hard drive failure
  • An understanding of how to properly import images to or export images from Lightroom using Import and Export presets
  • Practice building slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for easier image sharing
  • The ability to make perfectly-sized copies of your images for social media or for print!

Important: There are now two versions of Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Lightroom CC. RMSP has workshops for each program! Both versions of Lightroom have their own advantages and disadvantages and students should think carefully before choosing the one to learn. Watch the video below to learn more about the two versions and why you might want to choose one over the other!

Description


How many photographers have bought an external flash unit, used it once or twice with less-than-great results, then stashed it back into the box/a closet/a storage unit, never to see the light of day again?

Us too!

That is, until we met Syl Arena. He has been teaching with RMSP for many years, and he is one of the best flash instructors in the biz. After learning technical flash/speedlight skills with him, you won’t ever want to shoot without your flash again!

So, what exactly will students be learning?

  • How to set a flash to produce the desired quality of light
  • How to fire a flash off-camera with remote technology
  • How to position a flash to produce specific lighting scenarios
  • How to use multiple flashes to create more dynamic images
  • How to select and use helpful lighting modifiers (diffusers, grids, softboxes, etc.)
  • How to use a flash to add fill light to a high contrast scene or portrait
  • How to balance ambient light with light from the flash so the background isn’t pure black
  • How to use both Manual and TTL (through-the-lens) flash exposure methods

What types of photographers use flashes?

  • Portrait photographers
  • Wedding photographers
  • Editorial photographers
  • Journalistic photographers
  • Headshot photographers
  • Landscape photographers
  • Basically all photographers

Note: No prior experience with flash is necessary.

Description


When photographers start out, most of them spend a couple of seconds reading their camera manual, quite a few minutes fiddling with the controls, and the following few years thinking they’ve “got it.” But then they look back and realize their photos on their fancy camera aren’t much better than their smartphone photos.

Our goal with this workshop is to help photographers gain a solid understanding of their camera, the fundamental photographic principles, and best practices for lighting so that their photos will constantly improve. Plus, we help you in-person, with hands-on suggestions for improvement.

Probably you’ve already heard this, but instructor Sarah Ehlen is one of the best. And she’ll make sure you walk away from this workshop with your questions answered, your pictures better, and your camera permanently affixed to your hand. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively (but gentle) critique sessions, you learn the topics indoors in the classroom and then actively explore them through trial and error during field shoots outdoors. We'll take you to locations such as the Moon-Randolph Homestead, the University of Montana campus, Fort Missoula, Rattlesnake Creek Recreation area and Caras Park in the heart of downtown Missoula.

As for the information taught, where to begin…

  • Manual Mode on your camera and why it’s worth it.
  • How the reciprocal relationship of aperture, shutter speed and ISO really works.
  • Why light is always your most important subject.
  • How to shape and form your images with light.
  • What composition actually is and some best practices for how you “see”.
  • What a light meter is and why it’s in your camera – and different metering modes.
  • White balance.
  • Depth of field.
  • Using a histogram.
  • Constructive group critiques and one-on-one attention.
  • Gaining confidence.
  • Gaining confidence.
  • Gaining confidence.

Description


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic is one of the most powerful image-editing programs for photographers. We are impressed by its organizational mastery and the powerful raw processing that works beneath the surface of the Develop module. Which is why, in this workshop, we spend plenty of time teaching students how to best use both.

Just pick up any book on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and it’ll tell you: it’s important to understand the program before you start using it. There are some quirks about it. Like a few non-default settings that really should be default. Like the way Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic links to the physical locations of image files that shouldn’t be moved. Like the way you should always back up your catalog file and why.

Let us help you make sense of all the specifics in this thorough three-day workshop.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding of workflow for storing, archiving and organizing images using the Library and Map modules
  • New techniques for making images look like what your eyes saw
  • A strategy for backing up your images to prevent any loss due to hard drive failure
  • An understanding of how to properly import images to or export images from Lightroom using Import and Export presets
  • Practice building slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for easier image sharing
  • The ability to make perfectly-sized copies of your images for social media or for print!

Important: There are now two versions of Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Lightroom CC. RMSP has workshops for each program! Both versions of Lightroom have their own advantages and disadvantages and students should think carefully before choosing the one to learn. Watch the video below to learn more about the two versions and why you might want to choose one over the other!

Description


This workshop is built for people who want to increase their photography knowledge beyond just shooting on Manual and centering their light meter on “0.” (Psst, if these are foreign concepts, check out Basic Photography.)

Because instructor Tony Rizzuto leads participants through hands-on exercises of the concepts he teaches, students always leave this workshop satisfied and excited to continue photographing – with a newfound confidence. The material taught is almost second to the experience of learning from one of the best teachers in the industry and giving yourself dedicated time to improve your vision for your work.

You'll go on field shoots to several locations within the Missoula vicinity, including Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Garnet Ghost Town, the historic town of Philipsburg, and a local nursery for learning how to get up close.  Tony's humorous and easygoing teaching style make for a comfortable learning environment.  He leads group critiques that further your growth by offering constructive ideas for how you can improve.  Tony will challenge you to seek out creative compositions as you experience the difference between taking a picture and designing a memorable image. 

When it comes to what this class includes, it starts with a (quick) review of the basics and launches into a week of exploring:

  • The Zone System of exposure (worth the tuition on its own)
  • Macro photography techniques and practice
  • Composition considerations so that your photos are purposeful and impactful
  • Low-light and night photography – because shooting for the stars is never a bad thing
  • Ghost towns, small towns and rural Montana

 

Description


Understanding studio lighting is one of those things that will instantly set apart any photographer from the pack. It is a professional skill that is useful in many arenas, especially nowadays, when images run rampant in our culture and every business needs professional headshots, product shots, and perfectly-lit Instagram content.

However, when it comes to studio lighting, what matters the most is, well, lighting. And in this case, the gear is the means to achieve incredible light. We want to help you understand how it all works.

Allow our instructor Jeff McLain (our Professional Intensive studio lighting instructor!) make it all make sense. He’ll talk all about why this gear is so awesome, what its practical applications are, and how to use it all effectively in order to achieve the look you’re going for.

Students will have practical experience with the following:

  • How to meter artificial lighting for accurate exposures every time.
  • The applicable differences between different strobe modifiers and their primary uses.
  • How to achieve or reproduce particular lighting scenarios.
  • How to read the light in a particular image to identify how to reproduce it.
  • How to combine strobes and ambient lighting in a pleasing way.
  • How different directions of light affect the shape, texture and form of a subject.
  • How to recreate traditional portrait lighting setups.

Students should arrive at this workshop with a solid understanding of using the Manual mode on their camera, comfortability with getting photographed (we promise, it’ll be painless), and a lot of empty space in their brain. Because Jeff will fill it. With good stuff.

Description


When it comes to beautiful places, Glacier National Park is a landscape photographer’s heaven. With wandering trails, expansive scenery, massive mountains and perfect sunsets, this park is more than a place to roam – it’s a place to experience. This workshop will take you from the waterfalls, majestic peaks and wildflowers on the east side of the park – up to Logan Pass on Going to the Sun Road – and down to the west side and gorgeous Avalanche Lake and Lake McDonald.

Join long-time RMSP instructor and landscape photographer Doug Johnson as he leads you to the best locations at the best times, helping you create striking images of this breathtaking park.

Doug will lecture on the Zone System of exposure, which was taught and used by Ansel Adams. He’ll help students learn how to compose their images for greater impact and how to process and create HDR composites. Students will receive one-on-one attention and specialized critiques.

Students will leave this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding of Ansel Adams’ Zone System.
  • Experiences and images from the best time + location combinations Glacier offers.
  • Feedback about what is and isn’t working about their images.
  • More!

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of your camera’s Manual mode.
  • Due to some hiking at high altitude (7,000 feet), it is recommended you be in good physical condition.
  • A camera, tripod, laptop, and hiking boots! (see full equipment list by clicking the Equipment tab).

Description


Where we go: Being in Yellowstone National Park in the fall makes you think someone adjusted nature’s saturation levels to perfection. The cottonwood and aspen trees create a pallet so vivid you'll think you're dreaming. The yellows, reds and greens that blanket the landscape seem painted on. The blues in the sky invite you to swim in them. The air is so fresh and crisp you savor every breath and smell. During this week with Doug Johnson, let your senses come to life while experiencing some of Yellowstone’s greatest hits: Lamar, Swan and Hayden valleys, Mammoth Terraces, Norris Geyser Basin, West Thumb Geyser Basin and the Great Fountain Geyser. With scenery so stunning, you might even have to pinch yourself a few times throughout the week! And to top it all off, around every corner exists the possibility of seeing elk, bears, moose, and tons of other creatures that will keep you on your toes … and your finger on the shutter button.

What you learn: As if the scenery weren’t enough, the quality of photographic education you receive while on the workshop will catapult your confidence and abilities to the next level. During this photo-op of a lifetime, Doug teaches you:

  • Methods for photographing wildlife successfully
  • A variety of methods for improving your landscape composition
  • How to create HDR and panoramic images by developing a seamless workflow
  • Techniques for night photography
  • Zone System of exposure for digital cameras.

At the end of this bucket-list experience, you emerge as a more knowledgeable and capable photographer. The skills you gain with Doug will stick with you for a long time and ensure you are able to create technically strong images of every adventure to follow.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

Description


When photographers start out, most of them spend a couple of seconds reading their camera manual, quite a few minutes fiddling with the controls, and the following few years thinking they’ve “got it.” But then they look back and realize their photos on their fancy camera aren’t much better than their smartphone photos.

Our goal with this workshop is to help photographers gain a solid understanding of their camera, the fundamental photographic principles, and best practices for lighting so that their photos will constantly improve. Plus, we help you in-person, with hands-on suggestions for improvement.

Probably you’ve already heard this, but instructor Sarah Ehlen is one of the best. And she’ll make sure you walk away from this workshop with your questions answered, your pictures better, and your camera permanently affixed to your hand. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively (but gentle) critique sessions, you learn the topics indoors in the classroom and then actively explore them through trial and error during field shoots outdoors. We'll take you to locations such as the Moon-Randolph Homestead, the University of Montana campus, Fort Missoula, Rattlesnake Creek Recreation area and Caras Park in the heart of downtown Missoula.

As for the information taught, where to begin…

  • Manual Mode on your camera and why it’s worth it.
  • How the reciprocal relationship of aperture, shutter speed and ISO really works.
  • Why light is always your most important subject.
  • How to shape and form your images with light.
  • What composition actually is and some best practices for how you “see”.
  • What a light meter is and why it’s in your camera – and different metering modes.
  • White balance.
  • Depth of field.
  • Using a histogram.
  • Constructive group critiques and one-on-one attention.
  • Gaining confidence.
  • Gaining confidence.
  • Gaining confidence.

Description


Why not go to Maine with your camera? Really, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. And we’re northwest-people, but we truly can’t get enough of Maine.

From the deep blues of the North Atlantic waters to the pinks of morning sunrises, it’s clear that this area is a color photographer's dream come true.  Add fall foliage into the mix and you have the perfect time to visit New England. Autumn color blankets the granite shoreline and the thick inland forests. White birches stand out against red, orange and yellow maple leaves. Nearby rocky crags reach out from the pounding surf.

A colorful character himself, Doug Johnson guides you through this week of beautiful scenery and photographic discoveries while providing an experience you won’t soon forget. As any trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without visits to charming lighthouses and quaint harbor towns, you photograph Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, journey to Monhegan Island and discover endless compositions around Friendship Harbor. While visiting Acadia National Park, you photograph from atop Cadillac Mountain, along the ever-changing rocky coastline near Otter Cliffs and in the Birch Forest at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

This course leads you through these many shooting locations – always at the best times of day – and Doug is right there with you, available to work side-by-side with you, answer your questions and talk you through any challenging situations. On top of that, he will offer constructive group critiques of your images so that you can improve tenfold.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to properly expose their images with the Zone System of exposure.
  • How hyperfocal focusing can help you achieve sharpness throughout your entire image.
  • How to use Adobe Lightroom to process your images for greatest impact.
  • How to improve your landscape compositions.
  • When to photograph for the best possible lighting in your images.

Description


This workshop is built for people who want to increase their photography knowledge beyond just shooting on Manual and centering their light meter on “0.” (Psst, if these are foreign concepts, check out Basic Photography.)

Because instructor Tony Rizzuto leads participants through hands-on exercises of the concepts he teaches, students always leave this workshop satisfied and excited to continue photographing – with a newfound confidence. The material taught is almost second to the experience of learning from one of the best teachers in the industry and giving yourself dedicated time to improve your vision for your work.

You'll go on field shoots to several locations within the Missoula vicinity, including Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Garnet Ghost Town, the historic town of Philipsburg, and a local nursery for learning how to get up close.  Tony's humorous and easygoing teaching style make for a comfortable learning environment.  He leads group critiques that further your growth by offering constructive ideas for how you can improve.  Tony will challenge you to seek out creative compositions as you experience the difference between taking a picture and designing a memorable image. 

When it comes to what this class includes, it starts with a (quick) review of the basics and launches into a week of exploring:

  • The Zone System of exposure (worth the tuition on its own)
  • Macro photography techniques and practice
  • Composition considerations so that your photos are purposeful and impactful
  • Low-light and night photography – because shooting for the stars is never a bad thing
  • Ghost towns, small towns and rural Montana

 

Big Bend National Park

10/31/2019 - 11/6/2019

Description


Join us for this exciting trip to one of America’s best-kept secrets. Named for the curving path of the Rio Grande river marking the border between Texas and Mexico, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest and most diverse parks in the country. Most major ecological zones exist side by side here, ranging from arid deserts to verdant mountain forests.

Where the rocky Chisos Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert, we find extraordinary landscapes, rare plant species, and scenic views that will knock your socks off. From Santa Elena Canyon on the western edge to Boquillas Canyon on the east and all the wide-open valleys and mountain splendor in between, landscape photographers are bound to find plenty of captivating subject matter. Outside the park, we’ll visit the ghost town of Terlingua, a funky, picturesque oasis that’s alive with history and a great place to relax and have a delicious meal.

When it comes to one-on-one attention, Doug's teaching skills are unmatched, and we are certain you’ll walk away from this experience a better photographer because of it. Doug will take you to the best places at the best times. He’ll help you create the best possible pictures of this area, and he will look at your camera with you while you’re trying to create them.

This gorgeous location is not complete without a serious amount of time spent on photographic techniques that you can use anywhere, not just in Texas.

Instructor Doug Johnson will cover:

  • A review of exposure
  • Landscape photography
  • Hyperfocal focusing
  • Zone System
  • Lightroom
  • Composition
  • Shooting panoramas and HDR’s