Lightroom for Photographers Missoula, Montana

8/7/2017 - 8/10/2017

Why? Wouldn’t it be great if you could store every photo you have ever taken in one place and have an easy and logical method of finding any image that came to mind? Sounds like a pipe dream, doesn’t it? Well, fortunately for photographers of all kinds, this dream actually can come true by simply learning to use Adobe Lightroom. Join Instructor Doug Johnson for this four-day workshop to learn how to make the management and editing of your images less stressful and way more enjoyable.

What? Adobe Lightroom is a powerful, professional-grade image management and enhancement tool that can furrow the brows of new users trying to learn it on their own. For serious amateurs and professional photographers alike, strong Lightroom skills can dramatically improve both your happiness level and your image quality. During this course you will:

  • Learn to manage a large volume of digital images
  • Learn best practices for how and where to store your images
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between Lightroom’s database and your image files
  • Learn to import your images into Lightroom
  • Learn how to rate, sort, keyword, find and label your images
  • Learn to use the Develop module to make exposure adjustments, crop, straighten, convert images to black and white, remove spots and make further enhancements to images
  • Learn how to sync your edits on one file across a large number of files
  • Use Lightroom to prepare your images for sharing online or in print format

Who? Lightroom is professional-level image management software and may not be appropriate for novice computer users. New users are welcome to attend but must have a solid working knowledge of their computer’s operating system to get the most from this workshop. Participants are required to have their own laptop for this course, and two external hard drives are recommended.

Please scroll down to see a schedule for this workshop.

Tuition: $995
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered by 5/9/2017


Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel, Northern Lights and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. Tim has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book, Complete Photoshop® CS4 for Digital Photographers, as well as Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots with Gabriel Biderman. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world.


Tentative schedule for the Lightroom for Photographers workshop:

Monday, 8/7

Workshop begins at 9 am

Intro to Workshop and Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom Catalog and Preferences


Importing Images 


Creating Black and White Images

Lab Time




Tuesday, 8/8

RAW vs. JPG, DNG Import

Folders, Collections and Filters


Viewing Modes and Flagging

Keywords and Metadata

Creating Color images and the Basic Panel

Basic Crop Tool

Evening:Lab Time
Wednesday, 8/9

Review Library, Full Workflow

Crop, Tone Curve, HSL and Color Panel


Lab Time

Backing Up and Archiving Images

Split Toning, Gradient Tool and VC's

Exporting for Email

Evening:Lab Time
Thursday, 8/10

Lens Correction and Noise Reduction

Map and Slideshow Modules


Local Adjustment

Brush and Radial Gradient

Spot Removal Tool

Effects, Camera Calibration and Automation

Review and Closing

Evening:Workshop ends at 5 pm

Meeting Space

This workshop begins Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Thursday at 5 p.m. Your class will meet at the location below. There will be signs on the door directing you to your classroom.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography216 N. Higgins AveMissoula, MT 59802United States(406) 543-0171(800)



Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. There are many other hotels in Missoula to choose from; however, the two hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.

  1. Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown200 South Pattee StreetMissoula, MT 59802United States(406) 721-8550himissouladowntown.comAdditional Information

    The Holiday Inn is a full-service hotel located just 2 blocks from RMSP. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available for those in need of transportation to and from the airport. *Discounted rate available on a limited number of rooms.

    2016 Rates: 
    September 1 - December 31: $99 per night + tax

    2017 Rates: 
    January 1 - March 14:  
    $102 per night + tax (weeknights)
    $112 per night + tax (weekends)

    March 15 - June 30:
    $112 per night + tax (weeknights)
    $129 per night + tax (weekends)

    July 1 - August 31:
    $139 per night + tax (weeknights)
    $159 per night + tax (weekends)

    September 1 - October 31:
    $112 per night + tax (weeknights)
    $129 per night + tax (weekends)

    November 1 - December 30:
    $102 per night + tax (weeknights)
    $112 per night + tax (weekends)

    Reservations: To receive the discounted rate, contact the hotel directly at the local number above and let them know you are with Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Our Preferred Corporate Rate code is 3-RMP.

  2. Staybridge Suites Missoula120 ExpresswayMissoula, MT 59808United States(406) 830-3900(800) 315-2621www.staymissoula.comAdditional Information

    The Staybridge Suites Missoula is located approximately 5 miles from RMSP. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast and suites with fully equipped kitchens. 

    2016 Rates: September-May:  $99 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $104 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $149 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite). 

    June-August:  $109 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $119 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $209 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).

    2017 Rates: January-May and October-December:  $99 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $109 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $179 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite). 

    June-September:  $129 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $139 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $209 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).

    Reservations: To receive the RMSP rate, please make your reservation at the link below:

    Staybridge Suites RMSP Group Rate 



Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There are two convenient parking garages located within one block of the school ( Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.

Free parking is available at Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown for participants staying at the hotel.


Air Transportation

Missoula International Airport 5225 Hwy 10 WestMissoula, MT 59808United States(406)


Car Rental

Most major car rental companies are available in Missoula and have counters at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details:

Missoula’s locally-owned Dollar Rent A Car franchise offers a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students. To take advantage of this rate, contact them directly and mention you that are an RMSP student.

Dollar Rent-A-Car1905 W. BroadwayMissoula, MT 59802United States(406)



You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.



Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.



All students must supply their own laptop with the following specifications:

  • RAM (Memory): Minimum of 4 GBs
  • Free Hard Drive Space: We recommend that you have at least 100 GBs of free space on your laptop's built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer
  • Virus Protection: Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop
  • Computer power cord


Experience has shown us that to get the most out of this software, you need far more powerful hardware than Adobe’s bare bones minimum suggestions. I recommend using a laptop with at least the specs below for maximum Lightroom efficiency.

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Mac OS X v10.10 + 
At least 8GB of RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Microsoft Windows 10
At least 8GB of RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Latest version of Adobe Lightroom 
Please come to class with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom already loaded on your laptop. You can find the latest updates for this software, or download a trial version of the program, at

Additional Supplies: 
Some or all of your photographs to edit and organize during lab times 
External hard drive (1TB or greater recommended) 
External Mouse (Optional)
Note-taking materials

I would also recommend bringing a second unused external hard drive. This will serve as a backup to the first. In the event of a hard drive failure, you will be protected by having your photos on the backup drive. 



Missoula Chamber of Commerce
(406) 543-6623

Missoula Downtown Association
(406) 543-4238




Perks of Registering For A Workshop

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Photography Plan

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 20% off the Adobe Photography Plan.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear fro your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.