Glacier National Park Saint Mary and West Glacier, Montana

8/8/2019 - 8/13/2019

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 to gorgeous Avalanche Lake and Lake McDonald.

Join long-time RMSP instructor and landscape photographer Doug Johnson as he leads you to the best locations at the best times, helping you create striking images of this breathtaking park.

Doug 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. We hike into locations up to 4 miles round trip at altitudes that may be challenging for some people.
  • A camera, tripod, laptop, and hiking boots! (see full equipment list by clicking the Equipment tab).

Enrollment limit: There are plenty of opportunities for one-on-one assistance. This workshop is limited to 8 students.


This workshop begins Thursday, August 8, at 11 a.m. and ends Tuesday, August 13, at 5 p.m.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Thursday, 8/8

This workshop begins at 11 a.m.

Introductions and Orientation

Afternoon: Lecture: First Things First
Evening: Field Shoot
Friday, 8/9

Sunrise Field Shoot




Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Saturday, 8/10

Sunrise Field Shoot

Afternoon: Critique
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Sunday, 8/11

Sunrise Field Shoot

Group moves to West Glacier

Afternoon: Critique
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Monday, 8/12
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon: Open Afternoon
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Tuesday, 8/13
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot

Final Meeting

Workshop ends at 5 p.m.


Meeting Space

This workshop will begin on the east side of Glacier National Park at the St. Mary Lodge on Thursday, August 8, at 11 a.m., and ends on the west side of the park at the Belton Chalet on Tuesday, August 13, 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 7 through 10 (4 nights, departing August 11). Perfect for couples, the 1950’s style West Motel features 24 guest rooms in a single story building. Each room comes with either one or two queen beds, and is equipped with a TV (limited channels), air conditioning, a desk and chair. Another option is the Great Bear Lodge. This more upscale lodging option offers modern rooms equipped with 2 queen beds, air conditioning, TV (limited channels), and a private balcony overlooking Divide Creek. 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
St Mary Lodge & Resort

Rates: $209 per night + tax (West Motel) or $309 per night + tax (Great Bear Lodge). 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 7, 2019. The room block is fully dropped on July 7, 2019. 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.

For lodging on the west side of the park, make your reservations at the Belton Chalet for the nights of August 11 through 13 (3 nights, departing August 14). 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
Belton Chalet

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 27, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Again, 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.


Any additional fees, including entrance into the park, will be your responsibility. Glacier National Park requires an entrance fee of $35 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.

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. 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 should be purchased once you are in Montana; it cannot be taken on flights)
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails
  • 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
  • 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: $1,695
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 5/10/2019
3 spots left


Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.



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