This workshop is built for people who want to increase their photography 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 makes 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:
This workshop begins Sunday, October 13, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, October 18, at 4:15 p.m
This is a tentative daily schedule for this workshop:
|Afternoon:||1 pm: Introductions / Orientation|
Field Shoot: Fort Missoula
Lecture: Composition and Elements of Design
|Evening:||Field Shoot: Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge|
Field Shoot: Garnet Ghost Town
Lecture: Macro Photography
Field Shoot: Caras Nursery
Lecture: Low Light and Night Photography
|Evening:||Optional "no-host" Group Dinner w/ Tony
Field Shoot: Downtown Missoula
Field Shoot: Philipsburg, Montana
|Morning:||Field Shoot: Kootenai Creek|
Workshop ends at 4:15 pm
This workshop begins Sunday, October 13, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, October 18, at 4:15 p.m. 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.
Tony Rizzuto has been a photographer for 14 years. Although his interests and photographic subjects are diverse, teaching is his primary passion. Tony is a 2001 Summer Intensive graduate and has spent the last nine years as the owner and head photographer at Sandbox Studios in Missoula, Montana, where he caters to both corporate and private clients. Prior to focusing exclusively on his portrait studio and teaching, Tony served as the Curriculum Director at Rocky Mountain School of Photography. His work has been featured on the cover of Rocky Mountain Child and in the pages of Three Rivers Lifestyle magazine and the Missoulian. He brings the same relaxed and humorous approach to both the classroom and the studio.
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.