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.


Adobe Lightroom 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 Lightroom 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 Lightroom 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 out.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding and workflow for storing and archiving images knowledge of how Lightroom works (it’s not necessarily intuitive!).
  • 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.
  • The best workflow for editing your images – so that they look their best.
  • An understanding of how to import images to or export images from Lightroom.
  • A complete understanding of Lightroom’s organizational tools and techniques to leave you no excuse for disorganization.


When you hear the word Photoshop, you’ll either get giddy, artistic, or confused. 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 photographers, graphic designers, animators, videographers, advertisers, developers… Well, you get the point.

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 digital technician for clients such as Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Mountain Hardwear, and many others.

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 used (layers and masks) are very helpful once you understand them.

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.
  • The best thing about photography is community – why learn alone?


Creating great images of wild animals requires technical understanding, attention to detail, and access to animals. But once a photographer has all those things, how do they know whether the photo is any good?

This course with Neil and Forest Chaput de Saintonge will help students learn the best wildlife photo considerations, practice their techniques in the field with mountain lions, wolves and other animals, and gain valuable feedback on what is and isn’t working in their wildlife photographs. Students leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the most trusted settings for wildlife photography, a workflow for editing their images to maximize impact, and amazing experiences photographing some of the world’s most interesting animals in a controlled environment.

During this shoot-and-critique style workshop you will:

  • Get a review of basic wildlife photography techniques.
  • Cover appropriate camera settings and techniques.
  • Photograph wolves and mountain lions in a natural setting.
  • Photograph baby animals during morning light.
  • Gain insight on how you can improve your techniques. 
  • Benefit from having dedicated time to edit your images during the course.

What to expect:

  • Two morning-light field shoots at Triple D Game Farm.
  • Two specialized critiques from both instructors.
  • Lectures about both photographing and editing wildlife photos (instructors will talk about specific shooting techniques, but will not cover basic camera operations; students are expected to arrive with a working knowledge of their camera’s manual shooting mode).
  • One-on-one help in a small class size (2 instructors: 12 students).
  • Please note that this workshop is primarily a shoot-and-critique workshop. And, unlike during other RMSP workshops, your instructors will be photographing alongside you during this course.


Creating a great black-and-white image starts with an understanding of light, tonalities, and photographic exposure. When those skills are coupled with the perfect times of day in fascinating locations across the Old West, amazing images are inevitable.

Let our exceptional instructor (and life-long Montanan) Doug Johnson lead you on a photographic experience through some of the state’s most interesting landscapes, ghost towns, and ranches. He’ll teach you technique, composition and more, as he critiques your images and helps you see Montana like a photographer.

Although students are encouraged to explore all avenues of creativity, this course specifically focuses on helping students learn how to “see” in black and white. Doug will relay knowledge passed down from Ansel Adams to Neil Chaput de Saintonge to himself. With new skills like the Zone System of exposure and black and white image-processing techniques, students will leave with incredible experiences, impactful images, and an understanding of light that goes deeper than that of most photographers.

Students of this workshop will:

  • Learn how to see and read light to produce perfect exposures every time.
  • Learn how to capture and process images like Ansel Adams did.
  • Gain a solid understanding of the Zone System of exposure.
  • Explore night photography techniques.
  • Process images with Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

During this workshop, we drive through western Montana exploring the most photogenic locations of the Old West. Students will capture the essence of these locations at the best times of day!

  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Moon-Randolph Homestead
  • Bannack Ghost Town
  • World Museum of Mining in Butte
  • Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge
  • Geary Ranch


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.


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).


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.)


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:


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


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.


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


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