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…
This workshop begins on Thursday, September 5, at 7 p.m. and ends Wednesday, September 11, at noon.
Tentative schedule for this workshop:
|Evening:||7 pm: Introductions and Orientation|
|Evening:||Field Shoot: University|
|Evening:||Field Shoot: Rattlesnake Wilderness|
Light & White Balance
|Evening:||Field Shoot: Moon Randolph Homestead|
|Evening:||Field Shoot: Downtown|
|Morning:||Field Shoot: Fort Missoula|
Workshop Ends at Noon
This workshop begins Thursday, September 5, at 7 p.m. and ends Wednesday, September 11, at noon. The workshop will be held in Room #204 at RMSP. To get to Room #204, enter through the double doors at the address below. Take the stairs to the second floor, turn right and the classroom will be directly in front of you. There will be signs on the door directing you to your classroom.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. The hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.
A great option for lodging is downtown Missoula's newest hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott, in the historic Mercantile Building. It's gorgeous and just one block from RMSP! You'll receive the special RMSP rate if you use this link.
Another hotel we recommend is the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown. For more information about the Holiday Inn, click here.
Another option you might consider is Staybridge Suites Missoula. For more information about Staybridge Suites, click here.
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 Missoula International Airport.
Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.
Most major car rental companies are represented at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details: flymissoula.com/parking-transportation/rental-car-center.
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 at the phone number below and mention that you are an RMSP student.
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
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.
For RMSP’s general list of recommended gear, click here:
Note: Not everything on the website linked above is required for the workshop. Use the list below as your guideline and the link above if you would like a recommendation on a lens, body or accessory to purchase. Also, please register for the workshop before buying gear, as registration will make you eligible for the B&H EDU program which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars on gear. Learn more here: https://rmsp.com/bhedu.Required
Please see our Workshops page.
Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Introduction to Flash Photography, and Introduction to Professional Studio Lighting will help to round out your technical know-how.
Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings for more information.
If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.
Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
Once you ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.
The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the "Details" section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
Please read our cancellation policy.
Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.
RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
On most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment" tab for each workshop on this website.
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop.
For most workshops, parking at the meeting location is complimentary. There are, however, some exceptions. Please check the hotel website for information. For workshops located in Missoula, parking downtown is metered Monday through Friday. There are two convenient parking garages located within one block of the school (www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parking). Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.
Please see the individual workshop page for the applicable cancellation policies.
Photography has been a lifelong passion of Sarah’s, with a focus on landscape, nature, and travel imagery. She is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Summer Intensive Program, where she currently works as an instructor. She is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom, and loves helping people learn the skills needed to take their photography further, both in the field and behind the computer. She enjoys the process of creating and marketing her images as fine art prints, and her work has also been published in Portland Magazine, Montana Magazine, and Big Sky Journal. Prior to her time at RMSP, she spent a decade working as a Park Ranger at North Cascades National Park in Washington. With an extensive knowledge of the natural world, Sarah is able to bring a unique perspective to her teaching of landscape and nature photography.
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.
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 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.