The Summer Intensive Experience: Week 3

Students enjoying rodeo lecture by Keith Graham.

And the journey continues. This week in Summer Intensive is a particularly fun one for the students. First off, their experience involved a second week of digging into the nitty gritty of the Adobe Lightroom software in the Edit classes & labs working on their newly created images. Also, they learned about enhancement of their artistic process in Visual Studies, more advanced camera technique and had an introduction to the famous Ansel-Adams-created Zone System in Photo Studies, and prepared images for digital printing in the Output/Print Lab.


Keith Graham gets in the mindset of a cowboy when talking to the students about photographing rodeos.

In the mix was a guest lecture by University of Montana Associate Professor of Photojournalism, Keith Graham, all about photographing rodeos and the cowboy culture. This awesome lecture occurs this time year for a darn good reason. This coming weekend, many of the students and staff will be traveling to the Rocky Mountain Front town of Augusta, MT for one of the oldest and largest rodeo events in the state, the annual Augusta Rodeo. Next week, we’ll show you some behind-the-scenes examples of their efforts at this classic Montana experience.

Canon rep. Mike Gurley showing student how to take advantage of the scenery at sunrise shoot at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.


And to cap it all off, the school hosted our friend and regional Canon representative, Mike Gurley, who visits each summer to introduce the students to all kinds of Canon gear. Mike brought his load of goodies for the students to play with (can you say EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens?) on an extremely early morning sunrise shoot at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in the gorgeous Bitterroot Valley just south of Missoula.

Now, if that isn’t a full week, we don’t know what is. Did we mention it’s only Week 3? Stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “The Summer Intensive Experience: Week 3

Tom Patrick

Thank you! Thank you! Thanks for sharing, what a great week for everyone! One of my early morning sunrise shots from 2003 in the Lee Metcalf graces the front of my business cards and the home page on my website…… Great memories!

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Bob McGowan

Hi Tom! Excellent to know your moments in SI are still with you. We’re happy to connect you with the experience again. -Bob

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