Glacier National Park Saint Mary & West Glacier, Montana

8/20/2017 - 8/25/2017

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.

Please scroll down to see a schedule for this workshop. 



Tentative schedule for Glacier National Park workshop:

Sunday, 8/20

This workshop begins at 11 a.m.

Introductions and Orientation

Afternoon:Lecture: First Things First
Evening:Field Shoot
Monday, 8/21

Sunrise Field Shoot




Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Tuesday, 8/22

Sunrise Field Shoot

Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Wednesday, 8/23

Sunrise Field Shoot

Group moves to West Glacier

Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Thursday, 8/24
Morning:Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon:Open Afternoon
Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Friday, 8/25
Morning:Sunrise Field Shoot

Final Meeting

Workshop ends at 5 p.m.

Evening:Optional "no host" group dinner with Tim


Meeting Space

This workshop will begin on the east side of Glacier National Park at the St. Mary Lodge at 11 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m. at the Belton Chalet.


While on the east side of the park, please make your reservations at St. Mary Lodge for the nights of August 19-22, departing August 23. Perfect for couples, the 1950’s style West Motel features 24 guest rooms in a single story building. Each room comes with a king, or one or two queen beds, and is equipped with a TV (limited channels), air conditioning, a desk and chair. Recently updated, these include granite counter-tops and traditional lodge furnishings. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography to get the room block rate.

St. Mary Lodge
3 Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary, MT 59417
(406) 892-2525

Rates: $159 per night + tax (East Motel) or $209 per night + tax (West Motel). These prices are subject to change. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff date: Please make your reservations as soon as possible. Rooms from our room block drop on a gradual basis starting on May 19th. The room block is fully dropped on July 3, 2017. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Glacier hotels regularly fill up far in advance of the summer season.

Cancellation Policy: The cancellation policy for this hotel is strict so please ask them about the policy before making your reservation.


While on the west side of the park make your reservations at the Belton Chalet for the nights of August 23-25, departing August 26. You can make your reservation by calling the phone number below. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Belton Chalet
12575 Highway 2E
West Glacier, MT 59936
(406) 888-5000

Rates: $180 per night + tax (standard) or $195 per night + tax (balcony). There is a limit of two people per room. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff date: Please make your reservation by June 23, 2017. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Glacier hotels regularly fill up far in advance of the summer season.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest international airport for this workshop is:

Glacier Park International Airport
4170 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901

Transportation during the Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that students carpool to get to know fellow students. Most major car rental companies are available at the airport listed above. Please click on the link to their website for more information.

There are two ways to get to the Many Glacier Hotel from Kalispell. Please click on the links below for maps and directions:

One way is to enter Glacier National Park through the west entrance and follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road, then follow Highway 89 to Babb.

The other option is to take Highway 2 from Kalispell around the southern border of Glacier National Park, then follow Highways 49 and 89 to Babb.


Any additional fees, including entrance into the park, will be your responsibility. Glacier National Park requires an entrance fee of $30 per vehicle for a seven day pass.


We want your experience at an RMSP workshop to be full of learning and fun. We recognize that preparation is one important key to success. The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. If you have questions about what’s needed, please call Bob McGowan, our Student Services Associate, at 800-394-7677.

If you'd like to try out the best gear we recommend for this workshop, or you don't have the gear we require, check out the Glacier National Park workshop LensProToGo rental gear package we put together for you! Click here to check it out.


  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • Sturdy and reliable tripod
  • You’ll need at least one lens. The “kit lens” that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) will be fine
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful. Macro is not a focus on this workshop, however avid macro shooters may want to bring a macro lens)
  • Laptop
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Flash drive
  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera) 
  • Extra memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag or backpack 
  • Cable release/wireless remote
  • Note taking materials



  • Dedicated Flash
  • Filters (polarizer, split neutral density, neutral density)
  • Lens shades for all lenses
  • Gray card
  • Professional air blower for sensor cleaning (eg. rocket blower)
  • Camera & lens cleaning supplies
  • Ground cloth, cushion or knee pads 
  • Camera rain cover if your camera and lens are not water resistant 


Personal Items:

  • Weatherproof clothing that can be layered underneath for warmth. Please note that evenings and mornings in the northwest can be chilly – even in the middle of the summer!
  • Bear Spray (this can be purchased once you are in Montana)
  • If you have trouble walking on uneven terrain, please bring hiking poles
  • Bring a medium to heavy weight jacket or fleece, especially for morning shoots
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails
  • Umbrella
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks for between meals in the field
  • Travel alarm clock and wristwatch – or smartphone with an alarm 
  • Pocket sized flashlight

Tuition: $1,595
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 5/22/2017
This course is past its starting date.


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.



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