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
Mark S. Johnson on Scott Kelby’s Blog
October 11, 2013  Author:  

The photography industry giant and NAPP founder, Scott Kelby, knows a thing or two about inspiration. In fact, he’s made a cottage industry of inspiring photographers and artists worldwide to reach new heights, use new technology and become the artist one was born to be. So you have to believe that he knows a kindred […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Exploring Your Subject, Part II
September 25, 2013  Author:  

Going Beyond One Picture Last week In Part I of Exploring Your Subject, I introduced the concepts of environmental, intimate and abstract portraits. These approaches are means of exploring your subject so that “no stone is left unturned” in the process of searching for that one expression that communicates how we feel about the subject. […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP STAFF, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Exploring Your Subject, Part I
September 11, 2013  Author:  

I imagine this has happened to you. You see something really exciting, frame it up in the viewfinder, snap the shutter, quickly glance at the back of the camera and then begin to look for other subjects nearby that may evoke the same kind of excitement. When you get back home and review the work […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Preparing Images for Printing
August 28, 2013  Author:   (8)

Once you’ve decided to print your image using either a photo inkjet printer or a printing service, you still have to prepare the file correctly to ensure you get quality results. This involves three steps: Set the resolution. Size the picture. Sharpen the image. If you are sending the picture out to a photo lab […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Sweet and Easy Flash Exposure
July 9, 2013  Author:  

Balancing ambient and flash exposure in photography has perplexed humankind since its beginnings when flash powder (yikes!) was used to light things up in the early 1800s. These early pioneers had to rely on intimate knowledge of manual flash exposure to get things right.            – ©BlitzlichPulverPhotography With recent advances in […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Painting with Light
June 29, 2013  Author:  

By definition, Light Painting is the process of photographing at night while illuminating your subject with a handheld device such as a flashlight or camera flash.  The use of a moving hand held light creates a look that is nearly impossible to replicate during daylight hours. You can also mix in the ambient light of […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Anatomy of an Interior Photo Shoot
June 18, 2013  Author:   (1)

As the 79 new students who are in Missoula for Summer Intensive will soon learn, lighting is what can make or break a photograph. This may seem obvious when looking at an image of a spectacular sunset or harsh light on a models face. In these situations, lighting is dramatic, impressive, and “in-your-face.”  It can […]

CAREER TRAINING, EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS
Choosing a Photo Lab
June 12, 2013  Author:   (1)

If you are looking for a business that can produce quality reproductions of your images, how do you decide which one to use? There are lots of different labs with various types and levels of service. You can ask friends, colleagues and teachers which photo labs they use, but their choices might be based on […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Extending Your Depth of Field
June 5, 2013  Author:  

Sometimes it is just impossible to get everything completely sharp within a photo, even if you stop down to the smallest aperture (such as f22 or f32). This may be due to using longer focal length lenses (which inherently give us less depth of field), or it could be that you are trying to get […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The Importance of Words
May 31, 2013  Author:  

I confess, although I am a visual artist, I am a lover of words. Often I find inspiration, revelations, or even consolation in reading and writing. The spoken word can have great impact as well. So inevitably, every time I ask my students to write an artist statement or statement of intent, the response is […]

CAREER TRAINING, INSTRUCTORS
Look Forward to Your Next Layover
May 24, 2013  Author:  

I travel A LOT for RMSP, and while I never imagined that the chain of my life would be linked by so many regional airports I have learned two very important things: Avoid Cinnabon and look forward to layovers. Here’s a tip for the next time you travel.  While you’re waiting to be crammed into […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES