The Tamron 90mm Macro VC Lens: Handheld Heaven – Guest Article by Steve Russell
September 3, 2013  Author:   (1)

My Tamron 90mm 2.8 1:1 Macro Lens has been very, very good to me. I would have been content to use it as my primary macro lens for life because of its sharpness, versatility, lightness and shooting distance. But Tamron upgraded the lens this year and added vibration control (VC) and I took a chance, […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Dragonflies – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 18, 2013  Author:  

It’s easy to miss them – as I did for years riding my bike fast around the local lake – and easy to dismiss them as they whiz by at breakneck speed. But up close, dragonflies have an amazing array of colors, and set against nature’s greens and yellows and oranges and blues they make […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Sketching With Your Smart Phone
May 10, 2013  Author:  

The smart phone – specifically the iPhone – has certainly caused a bit of a revolution and excitement when it comes to photography and as a professional I’ve embraced the craze, too. Some of my favorite images have been captured with this clever little device. Nowadays, we have the ability to shoot, process and share […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
2013 Career Training Assistant Sarah Ehlen
May 8, 2013  Author:  

Next up in our ongoing series of introductions of our incoming crew of assistants for the 2013 season of Career Training is Sarah Ehlen. Sarah is a 2012 graduate of the program who came to RMSP from Washington state.   Looking back, it seems hard to believe that it’s already been one year since I […]

CAREER TRAINING, INSPIRATION
A Matter of Perspective: Shooting Butterflies from All Angles – Guest Article by Steve Russell
April 25, 2013  Author:  

Starving for small, living creatures to shoot during the winter months, I visited the Butterfly House in the Seattle Science Center hoping to get a shot or two up close. Butterflies from all over the world live their brief lives in an 85-degree glass greenhouse filled with tropical plants and it’s open to the public. […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Ariya Martin’s One Bird project
April 22, 2013  Author:  

Nothing delights us more than when our alumni get back in touch to let us know what they are up to. It’s a pretty cool feeling knowing so many people are “out there” in the world pursuing projects and using their skills to get the most out of their own lives as well as working […]

INSPIRATION
Arctic Snowy Owls in Washington – Guest Article by Steve Russell
March 25, 2013  Author:   (2)

I have long admired Paul Bannick’s photographs of Arctic Snowy Owls and, living in the Pacific Northwest, it never occurred to me that I would ever get the chance to shoot them myself without heading north. But the opportunity came my way when I discovered that the owls were making one of their “irregular” winter […]

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Become a Better Photographer by Putting Your Camera Down!
March 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

One of the most common dilemmas I hear about from my students is that they just don’t have the time to photograph. Sound familiar? I know it’s true for me and it seems that all too often, photography takes a back seat to some of the more mundane facets of every day life. So how […]

CAREER TRAINING, INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Botanical Dreaming Now Available As An E-book
March 15, 2013  Author:   (1)

Longtime Rocky Mountain School of Photography instructor, photographer (and all around great guy), Mark S. Johnson has recently released his internationally recognized coffee-table book, Botanical Dreaming, as a downloadable E-book. If you are familiar with Mark’s images you already know that they speak volumes by themselves. With the re-release of this collection of work in a […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, WORKSHOPS
Experimentation.
March 12, 2013  Author:   (2)

“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.” Moholy-Nagy “Our duty is to experiment.” These words were declared by photographer, sculptor and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko. Rodchenko was an artist who experimented greatly with the medium, finding obscure angles, dizzying compositions […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Educator/Artist Eileen Rafferty – A B&H Interview
February 8, 2013  Author:   (1)

For those folks fortunate enough to have been enlightened and impacted by Eileen Rafferty over the years, as many RMSP Career Training, Workshops and Photo Weekends alumni can attest, you’ll know just what an inspiring figure she has become in the field of artistic expression and photography education. Her background and life’s work speaks of […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Mark S. Johnson – Texture Lab Collections
November 20, 2012  Author:  

If you are familiar with RMSP’s line-up of workshops, the name Mark S. Johnson is most likely very familiar to you. Based in Boulder, Colorado Mark has been teaching workshops for RMSP for over 10 years, in which time he has helped countless students learn to use Adobe® Photoshop® to add creativity and depth to […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The Documentary Project Fund
October 17, 2012  Author:   (1)

An educator and documentary photographer herself, Lynn Hoffman-Brouse is no stranger to the challenges photographers face when tackling a project. Often times generating an idea, or recognizing an issue that should be in the spotlight is the easy part. Finding the time, money and support necessary to put the rubber to the road is what […]

CAREER TRAINING, INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Landscapes & Lightroom in Big Sky, MT and Yellowstone in Autumn Workshops Student Slideshows
October 10, 2012  Author:  

In September, two of RMSP’s outstanding and intrepid instructors, David Marx and Doug Johnson, led two separate workshops experiences back-to-back in southwestern Montana and northwestern Wyoming. Some of the participants in these joined us for both, and all had a spectacular time in this beautiful part of the country. See the results of their photographic […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS, WORKSHOPS
Shooting Dragonflies: Show Up, Watch Stuff Happen, Shoot it When it Does (Part 2) – Guest Article by Steve Russell
October 4, 2012  Author:  

See Shooting Dragonflies: Show Up, Watch Stuff Happen, Shoot it When it Does (Part 1) here. Shooting Roosters Some roosters startle easily so shooting with a longer lens helps. I use a 70-200mm lens with a 1.4 extender and can fill a frame with a dragonfly from about 4-5 feet away or stand further back […]

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