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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota is a dramatic and expansive destination that seems tailor-made for landscape photographers. The 244,000-acre park boasts a rugged beauty of towering spires, deep canyons and a vast expanse of undisturbed prairie grassland. Sedimentary rock that has eroded over time forms a layered, otherworldly terrain of colorfully painted buttes, pinnacles and spires extending as far as the eye can see.

Gorgeous sunrise and sunset light, dark night skies, and spectacular land formations await us. Wildlife abounds. Bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, prairie dogs, hawks, eagles, falcons and rare black-footed ferrets are some of the species we may encounter.

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 is a new location for an RMSP workshop and we're sure it's going to become a favorite! Doug will help you take your landscape photography skills to a whole new level. You'll enjoy the camaderie of fellow photo enthusiasts in this vast and unique landscape.

Instructor Doug Johnson will cover:

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

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Join us as we explore California's stunning Redwood Coast! In this workshop, we'll be photographing some of the most magnificent trees on the planet. There is nothing quite like wandering through an old-growth redwood forest. We'll be visiting groves throughout the Redwood National and State Park system including the Del Norte, Prairie Creek, and Jedediah Smith areas.

From scenic drives to short walks, we'll time our photo shoots to be out early and late in the day, when the light is at its best. Late May and early June also gives us a very good chance to capture blooming rhododendrons and fog in the Redwoods, making it an extra special time to visit this area.

We'll be staying in Klamath, California, in the heart of redwood country. This location will help us maximize our time in the redwoods, while also giving us a comfortable and relaxing place to call home. Our days will typically begin with an early morning shoot, followed by a late morning break. We'll then meet as a group for image reviews and presentations on various landscape photography topics before heading out for the afternoon and evening field shoots. Classroom discussion topics will include: light, composition, camera settings, and Adobe Lightroom Classic processing techniques.

As amazing as the redwood trees are, we'll also take in the other scenic gems this area has to offer including beautiful coastal views, rivers, wetlands, dunes, wildflowers, and a lighthouse. You'll come away with a wide range of landscape photos, from iconic views to subtle details. This workshop will give you the chance to build your landscape photography skills with a small group of fellow photographers, while immersing yourself in nature's finest.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to get proper exposure, even in the trickiest of lighting situations.
  • How to get sharp images with the most detail possible.
  • How to shoot panoramas and HDR’s.
  • How to compose for maximum visual impact.
  • How to work with natural light to greatest effect.
  • Tips for processing landscape images in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Feedback about what is and isn’t working in their images.

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of camera exposure controls
  • The ability to walk trails and paths up to two miles in length carrying camera gear
  • An excitement to explore the best Redwoods locations!

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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.

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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, Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, Greenough Park, Fort Missoula 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 makes 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

 

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Our popular Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers workshop is a great way to enjoy some of the best scenery our country has to offer. The town of Ouray, our workshop base, is often called the "Little Switzerland of America" and rightly so. It features some of the highest peaks in the Rockies, rugged canyons, ghost towns, alpine waterfalls and abundant wildflowers. We may find blue columbine, mountain paintbrush, mountain bluebell and many others of the more than 50 local species.

The high point of the workshop is the days traveling via 4x4 jeeps (with professional drivers) along steep mountain roads into the back country. This allows us to get into the heart of this magnificent land and see its grand scale, with plenty of time to stop and shoot along the way. Each day the group returns to Ouray for lunch, lecture and critique. Evenings are spent photographing within easy driving distance of town. One day is spent capturing the Old West architecture of Silverton and the vast beauty of Molas Pass.

Doug Johnson is our veteran instructor on this adventure. As one of RMSP's most beloved instructors, Doug's expertise in landscape and macro photography continues to inspire students with technical and aesthetic instruction and one-on-one personal attention. Plan on having the time of your life and experience the camaraderie of a true adventure with fellow photo enthusiasts.

Students of this workshop will learn the following:

  • The Zone System of exposure for nailing perfect exposures every time!
  • Creative macro photography techniques and technical skills.
  • Composition considerations for framing images.
  • How to use foreground, middle ground and background to make beautiful landscape images.
  • What is and isn’t working in their own images.

Description


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?

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The rugged and expansive coast of Oregon is the perfect place to practice long exposures and time lapse photography. Join instructor David Marx on the adventure of a photographer's lifetime, exploring the coast with your camera. As he leads you to the most photogenic spots at the best times of the day to photograph them, you will create striking images and time lapses, and learn exactly how to process them to perfection.

One of the best parts about attending a workshop with David Marx is that he will make sure you walk away with a complete understanding of what he has taught. He teaches you the ins and outs of creating pleasing images using long exposures and crafting perfect time lapses, making these very technical processes easily understandable.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to shoot images that explore the passage of time in ways that the human eye cannot see.
  • How to get the most out of your landscape images by shooting with live view, manual exposure and manual focus.
  • How to shoot amazing images of flowing water and other moving subjects, using slow shutter speeds and neutral density filters.
  • How to capture a long series of still photographs and turn these images into a smooth time-lapse video clip using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • How to predict where the sun, the moon and the Milky Way will be on any day, using your smartphone or tablet.

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of camera exposure controls, including using manual exposure.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic.

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.

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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 to 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. We hike into locations up to 4 miles round trip at altitudes that may be challenging for some people.
  • A camera, tripod, laptop, and hiking boots! (see full equipment list by clicking the Equipment tab).

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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, Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, Greenough Park, Fort Missoula 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 makes 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

Description


This six-day, five-night photography workshop in the spectacular Eastern Sierras of California will take place under the full moon and is intended primarily for photographers who are interested in light painting by moonlight. We will begin in Lone Pine and then move north to Bishop. Enjoy cool days and crisp nights with a group of like-minded students and two amazing instructors, Gabe and Lance.

Topics covered will include exposure, composition, light painting and controlling the ratio between ambient and added light. Techniques and inspiration will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. We hope to push you to step outside your comfort zone—to test the limits of what you and your camera can do. Special emphasis will be placed on developing your own personal night vision.

This workshop will have both field and classroom instruction. We will be in the classroom each day, and out in the field at different locations each night. Participants can stay out shooting as long as they - or their camera’s batteries - hold out. While in the field, the instructors will demonstrate their own techniques and work with participants one-on-one to make sure everyone gets the most out of the workshop. During classroom sessions there will be presentations by the instructors and time to look at student work. Each day will include a critique of the previous night’s work.

The workshop will feature two nights in the Alabama Hills, located in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, and three nights outside Bishop, California, where shooting locations will include the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and the Laws Railway Museum. The locations are vast, so everyone will be able to spread out and not get in one another's way. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Lance and Gabe in the field.

This class is for those looking to expand their photographic horizons, recharge their creative batteries and share ideas with friends and colleagues. We will create individual objectives for each participant and encourage students to make unique images that have deep personal meaning. Collaboration is a great way to make new discoveries and new friends. Working through image ideas and lighting scenarios is a fun and rewarding process and can provide immense inspiration.

The workshop is intended for people who are comfortable with their equipment and with capturing raw files in Manual exposure mode. Night photography experience is not necessary, but even folks with extensive experience shooting at night will find this class challenging, stimulating and inspiring.

Prerequisites and topics:

  • Participants must have at least basic photo skills, know their cameras well, and be comfortable shooting raw photos in manual mode with a DSLR or high-end mirrorless camera.
  • You will go home from the workshop with a solid grasp of night photography in a dark-sky environment, and a good foundation in light painting techniques. Topics covered will include scouting and planning, composing and focusing in low light, light painting, and optimizing exposure for raw capture and development with Lightroom.
  • Those with more experience are welcome, and we will offer guidance in the field if you mainly want to concentrate on creating portfolio images or more advanced techniques.

Considerations:

  • Demonstrations and image review will be conducted in Lightroom.
  • There will not be any long hikes, but you should be comfortable carrying your own equipment over uneven ground in the dark for distances up to a mile.

This workshop is limited to 12 students.