Intermediate Photography Missoula, Montana

10/13/2019 - 10/18/2019

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:

  • The Zone System of exposure (worth the tuition on its own)
  • Macro photography techniques and practice
  • Composition considerations so that your photos are purposeful and impactful
  • Low-light and night photography – because shooting for the stars is never a bad thing
  • Ghost towns, small towns and rural Montana



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:

Sunday, 10/13
Afternoon: 1 pm: Introductions / Orientation

Field Shoot: Fort Missoula

Monday, 10/14

Lecture: Composition and Elements of Design



Evening: Field Shoot: Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge
Tuesday, 10/15

Field Shoot: Garnet Ghost Town


Lecture: Macro Photography


Wednesday, 10/16

Field Shoot: Caras Nursery


Lecture: Low Light and Night Photography


Evening: Optional "no-host" Group Dinner w/ Tony

Field Shoot:  Downtown Missoula
Thursday, 10/17

Field Shoot: Philipsburg, Montana



Friday, 10/18
Morning: Field Shoot: Kootenai Creek


Final Slideshow

Workshop ends at 4:15 pm



Meeting Space

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
(800) 394-7677 


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.

Missoula Hotels

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.

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 Missoula International Airport.

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 725-4381

Transportation during the Workshop

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:

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.

Dollar Rent-A-Car
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 542-2311


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:

  • 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. We will have a macro lecture and field shoot so bring any macro equipment you own. RMSP a limited amount of macro equipment that can be checked out)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Note taking materials 
  • 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 
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails 
  • Light to medium jacket
  • 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: $1,295
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 7/15/2019


Tony Rizzuto

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.

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 Subscription

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.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for 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.