Summer Intensive 2014 – Week 4

As I type this, it’s hard to believe its already Week 4 of Summer Intensive 2014. The deluge of information that came in weeks 1 – 3 has let up a tiny bit, but this week still packed quite the punch. We welcomed three visitors this week, and each added incredible value to the SI experience.

KemmisAndy_photo 2-2On Tuesday, Canon Explorer of Light and longtime Sports Illustrated Photographer Peter Read Miller was in Missoula to offer a slideshow and presentation of his images to our community. Co-sponsored by RMSP and Canon USA, Peter’s visit was a hit with our students and everyone who attended. We are fortunate to have Canon’s support and Peter’s enthusiasm in our program. While he was in Missoula, Peter stepped into the spotlight a bit more than usual during a quick interview with KECI, a local TV station.

On Thursday evening, renowned documentary photographer and Nikon Ambassador Amy Vitale spoke to the entire group of SI students about her experiences photographing around the world. Needless to say, her stories and images from places like Kashmir, Pakistan, China, Guinea Biseau, and right here in Montana were incredible. Her behind-the-scenes stories, and honest advice were well received by the group. To sum up her lecture in one word it could only be, “inspiring.”KemmisAndy_Vitale_photo 2

Our third special guest this week was none other than longtime RMSP instructor Tim Cooper. Tim arrived in Missoula from his semi-new home base in Washington D.C. to begin his teaching portion of SI. He will begin introducing students to the wonders of Photoshop, and will most likely blow a few minds in the process. Photoshop is an elaborate program, and Tim does a fantastic job of teaching it.

As far as coursework for the week goes, in Edit, students spent time learning the Slideshow module in Lightroom, and began to get a tour of Adobe Photoshop. In Light, Doug Johnson continued to teach the workings of the flash. In Photo Studies, Tony Rizzuto taught Portraiture and Macro. Visual Studies, taught by Marcy James, saw our students continue to learn about design concepts in photography and dig deeper into the history of photography. There were no Output classes this week.