Photoshop for Photographers Missoula, Montana

7/31/2019 - 8/3/2019

When you hear the word Photoshop, you’ll either get giddy, artistic, or confused. We’d like you to be, simply, knowledgeable.

Here’s why: Photoshop is the most incredible program we’ve ever used. It has purposes for photographers, graphic designers, animators, videographers, advertisers, developers… Well, you get the point.

And we want to teach you why it’s so incredible for photographers.

Learn how to start using it with instructor Jeff McLain, a veteran digital technician for clients such as Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Mountain Hardwear, and many others.

Reasons why photographers might want to know Photoshop:

  • It’s a BEAST of a program and can vastly improve your images, even beyond what you thought possible.
  • It enables photographers to combine multiple images into composites. 
  • It gives you the ability to precisely select and adjust certain areas of an image.
  • We call it a pixel-pusher, which allows you to turn what you photographed into creative art. 
  • The methods it used (layers and masks) are very helpful once you understand them.

Reasons why you should learn Photoshop in this workshop:

  • Jeff will help it make sense through hands-on application.
  • The follow-along method we use in our software workshops is tried and true.
  • We commit to answering every student’s questions (big or small) before they leave the course.
  • The best thing about photography is community – why learn alone?


This workshop begins Wednesday, July 31, at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday, August 3, at 5 p.m.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Wednesday, 7/31

This workshop begins at 9 a.m.

Lecture: Intro to Photoshop and Adjustment Layers

Lunch (1-2 pm)

Lecture: Simple Selections and Adjustment Layers

Lab time to work on images

Thursday, 8/1
Morning: Lecture: Layers Theory and Image Retouching Tools

Lunch (1-2 pm)

Lecture: Paint Brushes and Masks

Lab time to work on images

Friday, 8/2
Morning: Lecture: Advanced Selections and Masking

Lunch (1-2 pm)

Lecture: Advanced Retouching

Lab time to work on images

Saturday, 8/3
Morning: Lecture: Smart Filters, Special Effects, Automation and Plug-Ins

Lunch (1-2 pm)

Lab time to work on images


Meeting Space

This workshop begins Wednesday, July 31, at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday, August 3, at 5 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



All students must supply their own laptop with the following specifications:

  • RAM (Memory): Minimum of 4 GBs
  • Free Hard Drive Space: We recommend that you have at least 100 GBs of free space on your laptop's built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer
  • Virus Protection: Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.
  • Operating System CD's, Passwords and Cables/Cords: as needed
  • Computer power cord

Experience has shown us that to get the most out of this software, you need far more powerful hardware than Adobe’s bare bones minimum suggestions. We recommend using a laptop with at least the specs below for maximum Photoshop / Lightroom efficiency.

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Mac OS X v10.10 + 
At least 8GB of RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Microsoft Windows 10
At least 8GB of RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (includes Photoshop and Lightroom CC for $9.99 a month)

Additional Supplies: 

Some or all of your photographs to edit and organize during lab times (on laptop or external hard drive)
External hard drive (1TB or greater recommended) 
External Mouse (Optional)
Note-taking materials
Tuition: $995
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 5/2/2019


Jeff McLain

Jeff McLain is a photographer, videographer, and digital retoucher.

After his photography education, Jeff got his start as a freelance photo assistant in San Francisco working on editorial, catalog and advertising shoots. His skills in Photoshop and computing allowed him to help photographers bridge the gap between the film days and all-digital workflows, and he stood at the forefront of the advent of the career of the "Digital Technician."

Jeff soon moved into shooting, and then moved laterally to video capture. His background as a multi-instrumental musician has also benefited his understanding of sound design and audio capture, which can be a technically challenging aspect of film-making.

He worked for many years as a digital technician for Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and a slew of others. As a photographer, he has shot for Williams Sonoma, Mountain Living Magazine, Keen Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Red Envelope, and Robert Mondavi Wines, among others.

He has loaded 15 cases of equipment onto planes, coordinated with Spanish-speaking producers in Mexico, photographed hamburgers by window-light in Hong Kong, shot smoothies on the balcony of Rudolph Valentino's Hollywood mansion, talked about film technology on a photo shoot with George Lucas, and has worked out of helicopters, Cessnas and random hotel rooms.

He has been a freelancer for over 15 years and takes a 'real-world' approach to his perspective of the photographic industry and the skills needed in today's market. Locally, he and his wife own and operate a boutique wedding videography business.

Jeff is a 2001 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography and has B.A. from the University of Montana. When not shooting in-studio or on-location, Jeff spends time with his wife, son, dog and cat in Missoula, Montana. He plays bluegrass dobro, banjo and guitar to unwind.



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.