Glacier National Park Saint Mary & West Glacier, Montana

8/19/2018 - 8/24/2018

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).


This workshop begins Sunday at 11 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Sunday, 8/19

This workshop begins at 11 a.m.

Introductions and Orientation

Afternoon:Lecture: First Things First
Evening:Field Shoot
Monday, 8/20

Sunrise Field Shoot




Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Tuesday, 8/21

Sunrise Field Shoot

Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Wednesday, 8/22

Sunrise Field Shoot

Group moves to West Glacier

Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Thursday, 8/23
Morning:Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon:Open Afternoon
Evening:Sunset Field Shoot
Friday, 8/24
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 and ends on the west side at the Belton Chalet. This workshop begins Sunday at 11 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m.


While on the east side of the park, please make your reservations at St. Mary Lodge for the nights of August 18-21 (4 nights, departing August 22). 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. Please make your reservation by calling the number below or emailing

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). RMSP will update these rates as we receive further information, however at this time, the hotel says that these rates are subject to change. Ask the hotel for rate information when you call. 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 17, 2018. The room block is fully dropped on July 2, 2018. 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 22-24 (3 nights, departing August 25). 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 30, 2018. 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 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.

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 5/21/2018
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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