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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Where We Go: There are few roads in America, or in the entire world, that can compare to Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. It twists and turns while taking riders through tunnels creatively carved into the steep mountainside. Waterfalls of melted snow flow year round onto one side of the road, while incredibly steep drops on the other side deliver it to the valley below. Jammers – bright red buses that have been carrying visitors to the top of Logan Pass for decades – add pops of color to the landscape, matched only by the bright white fur of mountain goats that get so close they could almost be photographed with a macro lens. In this stunning environment, landscape photographer and professional instructor Tim Cooper takes you straight to the park’s premier shooting spots so you can create images that will leave you as breathless as looking over the edge of the road. Whether photographing the magical Avalanche Creek, or the towering cedars, snow-mantled summits, and sparkling mountain lakes that abound here, you’ll understand why Glacier is a landscape photographer’s paradise.

What You Learn: When you visit Glacier with RMSP, you don’t merely take in the sights and collect a few pretty pictures. Instead, instructor Tim Cooper ensures that you:

  • Become a more educated and intentional photographer
  • Learn creative landscape composition techniques
  • Master the Zone System of Exposure
  • Gain experience in the process of creating HDR images
  • Experience morning and evening field shoots when the light is best
  • Improve your abilities through constructive group critique sessions
  • Receive one-on-one assistance while working in the field

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, but lectures are not tailored to basic principles. Due to some hiking at high altitude (7,000 feet), it is recommended you be in good physical condition.

To learn more about the experience on this workshop, click the link below to read a blog post written about our 2013 Glacier National Workshop in our local newspaper, The Missoulian.

http://missoulian.com/lifestyles

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Why? After picking up your camera for the hundredth time, it’s understandable if you have been lulled into a certain way of doing things, or a specific way of seeing things. But it’s important to remember that you actually can snap yourself out of your routine. And sometimes, it’s as easy as trying out a new lens!

Macro photography – photographing small items at larger than life size – can inspire big inspiration that can lead to even bigger results! Prepare to get closer than ever before during this week with instructor and macro shooter Tony Rizzuto. From a local floral nursery to the side streets of Missoula and Garnet Ghost Town, you go on the hunt for beauty with your macro lens in natural and man-made landscapes. And in the comfort of a controlled environment, you learn to work with color and composition while enjoying the ability to control the light on your subject.

What? There’s no end to the potential subjects for macro photography. Rusty nails in a barn, colorful flowers in a vase, or fresh fruit at a farmers market are all works of art waiting for you to photograph them. During this course, you:

  • Learn about the tools of the trade used in macro photography including extension tubes, close up filters, and focusing rails
  • Learn macro composition techniques
  • Learn to control depth of field and achieve tack sharp focus
  • Learn methods for adding or altering light in a scene
  • Experience outdoor shoots to photograph items in an uncontrolled environment
  • Photograph items so as to control your creative vision and outcome
  • Push your ability by seeing the work of others
  • Receive constructive feedback from Tony on your images

Throughout the week, Tony makes himself available during shoots for quick refreshers or top-to-bottom assistance creating the photograph you see in your mind’s eye.

Who? Intermediate level photographers comfortable with the manual exposure operation of their camera.

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Where We Go: The Grand Teton at sunset. Mormon Row barns with the Tetons in the background. The views from Schwabacher’s Landing. The reflections on Jenny Lake and in the backwaters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend. Witnessing these landscapes – some of planet Earth’s most picturesque  – change like a chameleon beneath skies of dynamic light and weather is enough to leave anyone speechless. This workshop is an opportunity to experience what it's like to view these scenes through your camera’s viewfinder while creating some of the best images of your life. As part of a small, fun group led by landscape photographer and professional instructor Doug Johnson, you explore all the highlights Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park has to offer.

What You Learn: Being surrounded by this much natural beauty while photographing with a professional at your side makes this week a special experience you won’t soon forget. Doug’s mission is to transform you into a more educated, intentional photographer who can use a camera with confidence. He helps you identify your landscape photography goals and then works with you to achieve them. Along the way he uses classroom lecture time to cover various topics ranging from:

  • Landscape composition
  • Night photography techniques
  • Developing a solid HDR workflow
  • Solutions for exposure of high contrast scenes at sunrise and sunset

In the field Doug encourages and assists you as you practice these techniques. Once you’ve had a chance to create images, you will have your work critiqued so you have a clear idea of how you can improve. Seeing the images created by other participants further helps train your eye to become a better photographer.

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

Enrollment: Enrollment in this workshop is limited to 8 students.

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Rocky Mountain School of Photography is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

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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 have to pinch yourself to know you aren’t 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.

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Where We Go: 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 definitely make you stand up and take notice. This week with Chase Guttman, the guy who literally wrote the book on drone photography and has been named "Young Travel Photographer of the Year" three times, will pour the gas on your drone photography fire!

What You Learn: If you think this class is only going to allow you to dip your toes into the world of drone photography, think again! From day one, you will be running at full speed toward gaining a comprehensive understanding of this niche. Chase will start by taking stock of the drones being used by each participant in the course. He will then lead a discussion on the various makes and models available, and various accessories that are available to drone operators. Once you have gained a broad overview of the choices available in the marketplace, it's time to start learning how to fly! From turning it on, 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. You will learn the most current FAA regulations related to operating a drone and best practices for maintenance, how to travel with a drone, and even things to be aware of when setting up a drone photography business.

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Why? Say goodbye to the days of pressing your camera’s shutter button while also crossing your fingers, and get ready to capture the sights and moments around you with confidence! Blue-sky days hiking in Glacier? No problem! Poorly lit conference room photos for your business website? No problem! After a week of immersion in RMSP-style education, you will understand how to use your camera intentionally to obtain great images in a variety of lighting scenarios.

What? 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 critique sessions, you listen as topics are thoroughly explained indoors—and then actively explore them through trial and error outdoors. During this week you will hone your technique while visiting locations such as the Moon-Randolph Homestead, University of Montana campus, Fort Missoula Museum, Rattlesnake Creek Recreation area, and Caras Park in the heart of downtown Missoula. Sarah teaches you the building blocks of photography:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • How they all work together to determine exposure.

You learn a great deal about the basic functions of your camera, such as:

  • The histogram
  • White balance
  • Metering modes

Your instructor will:

  • Discuss compositional techniques that can make your images stand out
  • Open your eyes to the powerful nuances of light such as the temperature, color and direction
  • Facilitate group critiques that help you identify areas you can improve

Who? You’re a beginning photographer who wants to learn how to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life. 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:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

Is Basic too Basic?

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Where We Go: Between the reds and yellows of the fall foliage, deep blues of the North Atlantic waters and pinks of morning sunrises found along the coast of Maine, it’s clear that this area is a color photographer's dream come true. 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 the requisite visits to 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.

What You Learn: During this week you divide your time between location shoots held when the light is at its best, and a classroom setting in which Doug provides lectures on technical and aesthetic concepts. These lectures will cover topics such as:

  • How to improve your landscape composition
  • Hyperfocal focusing
  • Black and white processing
  • Using the Zone System of exposure 
  • Post-processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom

While on location, Doug is available to work side-by-side with you, answer your questions and talk you through any challenging situations. His constructive feedback during group critiques further solidifies your learning process.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Be prepared to hike one to two miles on easy to moderate trails.

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Why? You know the difference between a shutter speed of 1/60th and 1/8th. When you think of the numbers 2.8, 4.0, 5.6 or 22 you immediately think of the word “aperture.” You no longer have to google the acronym ISO to understand what it means. All of this means that you understand the basics of photography, and are ready to ramp it up a notch. This workshop will do exactly that, while also allowing you to explore the beauty of western Montana. You will revel in views of the jagged Mission Mountains from Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge, cascading waters of Kootenai Creek, rustic charm of Garnet Ghost Town, and the historic western town of Philipsburg with its colorful downtown and famous candy store.

What? This weeklong course helps you master exposure and teaches you to see more creatively. In a wide spectrum of shooting scenarios, Tony teaches you:

  • Low-light and night photography
  • Macro photography techniques and equipment
  • Zone System of Exposure
  • How to achieve more creative compositions
  • How to design great images vs. simply capturing a scene

Tony’s humorous and easygoing nature makes for a comfortable learning environment. He leads group critiques that further your growth by offering a window into the thought process and keen eye of a professional photographer. Seeing the images created by your classmates, and hearing their input on the strengths and weaknesses of your photographs also helps to embed the lessons learned throughout the week.

Who? You have an understanding of the basic principles of photography and are able to operate your DSLR on manual mode confidently, or have taken RMSP’s Basic Photography workshop. If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you because you feel less confident than you would like, here are a couple of blog posts to review. These may help you decide if either Basic or Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate

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Where We Go: Photographing in Death Valley National Park takes you and your photography to new extremes. While the area is usually talked about in terms of record heat (136 degrees), or as North America’s lowest elevation (282 feet below sea level), it’s also a playground for landscape photographers. Within its three million acres, infinite spectacular possibilities exist for capturing the interplay between otherworldly landscapes and dramatic morning and evening light. During this weeklong feeding frenzy of amazing light, photograph at Mesquite Sand Dunes, Golden Canyon, Ubehebe Crater and Cow Creek. Venture to the Rhyolite Ghost Town to capture creative night images of the town's dilapidated structures amidst the ever-changing hues of Death Valley.

What You Learn: Learning to photograph in an environment as dynamic as Death Valley requires an instructor just as dynamic – someone like Doug Johnson. From a comfortable classroom, Johnson provides insightful lectures that cover a wide range of topics:

  • Composition
  • Hyperfocal focusing
  • Techniques for creative night photography
  • Developing a workflow for creating realistic HDR images

During location shoots—held when both the light and the temperature are enjoyable—Johnson provides:

  • One-on-one assistance
  • Tips as you practice the techniques discussed in the classroom

Constructive, post-shoot critique sessions allow you to benefit from having a nice glass of ice water while your images are studied and discussed by Doug and other participants in an effort to help you improve.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Be prepared to hike up to three miles on moderate trails and steep sand dunes.

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Texas Hill Country is a unique mix of natural beauty, cultural icons, and living history. In fact, if you’ve ever wanted to place yourself in a country music song or an old Western movie, this workshop is for you. Instructor Lynn Hoffman-Brouse will take you to the best places at the best times for a photographic experience you’re sure to remember.

Spring brings a beauty to this serene landscape that is unmatched. Texas bluebonnets blanket the fields and roadsides. From the German settlement of Fredericksburg, you make day trips to the area’s natural attractions including Enchanted Rock State Park, the LBJ Ranch, nearby Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and Pedernales Falls State Park. Experience the character of Texas from inside a dance hall in Luckenbach and from behind a bird blind, where if luck is with us, you’ll delight in seeing over 20 species of birds.

During the course of the class, Lynn will discuss composition and design and get you thinking about your own personal style. She will also discuss photographing people and landscapes. She will end by giving you the tools to challenge yourself artistically as you grow in your photography.

Students will walk away with experience in the following:

  • Compositional techniques for creating impactful images.
  • Technical know-how for photographing and connecting with people.
  • Macro photography practice and skills.
  • How to use the Zone System of exposure.
  • Creating a sense of place and emphasis on specific locations.

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When visiting America's first national park, you are amidst more geothermal features - geysers, hot springs and mudpots - than anywhere else on the planet. When the park wakes up from its winter slumber and comes to life each spring, these natural features combine with the wildlife and scenic beauty to create photographic opportunities that should not be missed. Let our instructor, Doug Johnson, help you create images that are more than just postcard worthy – images that are unique, meaningful and technically strong.

Great images of Yellowstone start with knowing where and when to visit. The spring is an incredible time to explore the park (and trust us – we’ve been there every time of year). The flowers are blooming, wildlife babies are born, and the massive crowds haven’t showed up yet. Let your senses come to life while experiencing some of Yellowstone’s greatest hits: Lamar, Swan and Hayden valleys, Mammoth Terraces, and Norris Geyser Basin, among many others.

Our instructor Doug Johnson has extensive experience teaching in the park.  His kind and generous teaching style helps students create the best pictures they can imagine. By combining his excellent instruction, perfect shoot timing, and hands-on experience, we’ve crafted a workshop that will make every landscape photographer swoon.

To maximize our visit to the park and catch the best of what it has to offer, the workshop begins in Gardiner, MT, and mid-way through re-locates to the town of West Yellowstone.

Students of this workshop will walk away with:

  • A solid understanding of the Zone System of exposure (which will change your photographic life)
  • A post-processing workflow for creating seamless HDRs and panoramas
  • Professionally critiqued images from the best parts of the park
  • New compositional techniques to create striking images
  • Experience in both wildlife and night photography

This workshop is limited to 13 students.

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One of the hidden (actually, not-so-hidden) gems of Washington state is an expanse of farmland smack-dab in the middle. The Palouse country hills are breathtaking for both photographers and laypeople alike, but for photographers, this flawless landscape stirs up something special inside us. 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.

Instructor Doug Johnson has explored this area up and down… And he’s found the most interesting places for students to photograph – and most importantly, he knows the best times to be there. Students can expect to be up and shooting before the crack of dawn and lay down to sleep well after twilight (usually not back to back!)

If you’re looking for a jaw-droppingly beautiful landscape to share with your camera, look no further than Palouse country. We make no promises, but your camera will probably thank you.

(Love the idea of the Palouse, but spring dates won’t work? Fear not! Doug is also teaching this workshop in the late summer.)

Students will leave this workshop knowing how to:

  • Identify the best times of day to photograph a landscape using specialized software
  • Discover 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

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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 fearing it would ruin their photographs?

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, portrait and 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 Doug Johnson is one of the best. And he’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.

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:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

Is Basic too Basic?

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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.

Tim Cooper and Lynn Hoffman-Brouse are our veteran instructors on this adventure.  They've taught this workshop together for over twenty years and continue to inspire students with their 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.

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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

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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.

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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 Tim Cooper, a guy who literally wrote a book on the program. He was an early adopter of using it for photography, and he continues to employ it today.

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:

  • Tim 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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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.

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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

Description


Becoming a freelance photographer who can regularly generate income from outdoor imagery requires a knowledge of the industry and a unique vision that's all your own. This course, focused on getting started in the business of photography, is not for photography’s weekend warriors. Instead, this week led by professional photographer Michael DeYoung is geared toward experienced photographers who are looking to turn their outdoor photography habit into a money-making venture.  Learning how to sell your images is often the last thing that photographers want to think about. And yes, photography starts and revolves around creating quality work, but often we forget to put the time into learning how to pay the bills with those images.

This workshop combines in-classroom lecture and honest, professional critiques with time spent shooting outdoors. Scheduled shoots will take you to locations within easy driving distance from Missoula, such as Lee Metcalf Wildlife Reserve, Holland Lake and Falls and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. Working with the landscape and with hired animal models, you’ll practice techniques for capturing marketable images under Michael’s experienced guidance. Classroom lectures cover a range of topics that will assist you in becoming a more knowledgeable photographer including many of the less-than-glamorous, yet necessary aspects of running a photo business.

Instructor Michael DeYoung has been photographing for over 25 years and he has sold a tremendous number of images, over and over again.  He will share with the class how he does it and how his strategy still works in an ever-changing industry. Having experience with editorial, commercial, and stock environments, he is a wealth of knowledge (and advice) for emerging shooters. His background of working with editors and buyers will help you:

  • Photograph with an art director’s point of view in mind
  • Learn how to think about your photographs as "concepts"
  • Convey a sense of place in your images
  • Build trust by maintaining a high standard of ethics

Students of this workshop walk away with:

  • A tremendous amount of information about what makes images marketable.
  • Amazing images of beautiful Montana locations.
  • Tips for writing proposals and query letters to editorial clients.
  • An understanding of licensing, valuing and pricing their work.
  • Info about licensing images to magazines, calendars, cards, books, local and regional tourism markets, and commercial art décor.
  • The know-how for licensing images through stock agencies.
  • Marketing knowledge that makes a photographer stand out from the crowd.

So, is it for you?

(If you love outdoor imagery…. then we’re going to go with yes. See you soon!)

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 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:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

Is Basic too Basic?

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