Important First Steps
March 6, 2014  Author:  

Have you ever noticed how seemingly small decisions we make at the beginning of a process can have a large impact on everything we do from there on out? Well that’s probably the case in your photography. There’s a little camera setting working against you if you are a JPEG shooter and a software setting to be aware […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Strong Primary Subjects with Lightroom’s New Radial Tool
February 20, 2014  Author:  

A good photograph usually exhibits a strong, recognizable main subject that is supported by less noticeable, secondary subject matter. The goal of the initial composition is to use subject placement, lenses and camera positioning to obtain this relationship. Sometimes, however, no matter how hard we try, our backgrounds or secondary subjects can tend to overpower […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Olympic National Park Workshop – A Top 10 List!
February 12, 2014  Author:  

All of us here at Rocky Mountain School of Photography agree that our hometown of Missoula, MT is darn near perfect. We think it has something to do with rivers, lakes, mountains, local ice cream, and a generally a fun “vibe.” But even with all of Missoula’s good traits, we sometimes can’t help but look […]

INSTRUCTORS, WORKSHOPS
Using Lightroom 5 to Prepare an Image for Photo Lab Printing
February 10, 2014  Author:   (4)

Lightroom 5 makes it easy to get your favorite photos ready for printing by a photo lab. In this post, I lead you through the correct choices in the Print module to produce a JPEG file you can upload to your favorite printing service. Start by selecting and processing your photo to look its best […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Why I Love Weekends
February 5, 2014  Author:  

For most people, weekends are a time to relax and unwind from the workweek. For me it’s when I get to work … and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Every year between January and April I take to the road. Friends and family get my voicemail as I get to trek around the […]

INSTRUCTORS, PHOTO WEEKEND, RMSP EXPERIENCE
Creating More Depth in Your Photographs
January 28, 2014  Author:  

One thing that confronts a lot of photographers is the inability to capture the kind of depth they see when looking at the scene. You may have heard others proclaim or even thought to yourself, “this image just looks flat and uninteresting.” There are many variables that might influence this disappointment, like the way our […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The 411 on Basic Photography in Texas
January 13, 2014  Author:  

RMSP will be returning to the Texas Hill Country in 2015 for a week long session of our popular Basic Photography workshop. We’ve been returning to this area for several years due to its natural beauty and the undeniably striking aesthetic that exists in every direction. Participants are treated to the best photo education available […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE
Handholding Techniques
January 9, 2014  Author:   (1)

“To hand hold or not to hand hold,” that is the question. Throughout the history of photography the tripod has been a blessing and a curse, a love and hate relationship for sure. Most well-traveled photographers know how important the tripod is when you need to maximize depth of field with small apertures or shoot […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Night Photography: A Novel.
December 2, 2013  Author:  

Every once in a while the clouds part, stars align and something wonderful happens. Many moons ago, I first found out that RMSP workshop instructor, and our main man at B&H Photo, Gabe Biderman was putting pen to paper and writing a book about night photography. Then I got word that longtime RMSP instructor Tim […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, WORKSHOPS
FOLLOWING A LEAD.
November 21, 2013  Author:   (2)

Have you ever had an image fully formed in your head, appear to you and call out to be made? Sometimes it may be fairly easy to execute, but other times it might seem like an impossibility. Moments like this are gifts from the creative muses, therefore we owe it to the muses to follow […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Polarize It!
November 7, 2013  Author:  

In the dawn of the new age when photography evolved from film to digital capture, some tools we were familiar with were left behind. One of the most important was film choice, as it provided a direct reflection of what we wanted to communicate in color, contrast and sharpness. Photographers now accomplish this either in […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?
November 1, 2013  Author:  

Hooray, the new RMSP catalog is out! But now it’s time to make some important decisions. This time of year we get emails from people wanting to know which workshop they should take. Tough choice, I know; so many workshops…so few vacation days. When someone asks about my favorite workshops, I always mention our Foundation […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE
Lightroom Shortcuts I Can’t Live Without
October 30, 2013  Author:  

Like most photographers I prefer my time shooting to that spent behind the computer.  Downloading and editing images sucks up precious energy and time so I’m eager to streamline my workflow and shave time wherever possible. One of the best ways to do this is by using keyboard shortcuts.  Whenever you find yourself continually repeating […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP NEWS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The Crop Factor Explained
October 21, 2013  Author:  

Teaching in the Career Training, Workshops and Photo Weekends programs for RMSP I get a lot of questions. (Bring ‘em on, I love questions!)  One equipment-related topic seems to be more of a stumbling block for new photographers than any other.  At some point we’re all told that our lenses are going to perform differently […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS
Should I Print From Lightroom or Photoshop?
October 14, 2013  Author:  

With Adobe’s announcement of a “Photographer’s Bundle” for the Creative Cloud subscription, many shutterbugs now have access to both Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC for printing their images. So a fair question is, which one to use? Let’s see how they compare. How They’re Alike Lightroom and Photoshop share many printing features and capabilities. The […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, RMSP NEWS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES