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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2013 Career Training Assistant Chad Matson
May 20, 2013  Author:   (1)

Last Friday I introduced you to 2013 CT assistant Carol Marshall on the blog. And I must admit I made a mistake. In the opening sentence to Carol’s intro, I wrote, “Last but not least in our ongoing series of introductions of our 2013…”   Well Carol is not the last assistant to be introduced. […]

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2013 Career Training Assistant Carol Marshall
May 17, 2013  Author:  

Last but not least in our ongoing series of introductions of our 2013 Career Training assistants is Carol Marshall. Throughout the years, Carol has earned the distinction of being an RMSP “frequent flyer.” Going back to 2008, she attended a Photo Weekend of ours in Denver, CO. In 2011 she returned for the full Career […]

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2013 Career Training Assistant Carly Reichert
May 15, 2013  Author:  

Next up in our stream of introductions of our incoming group of 2013 Career Training Assistants is Carly Reichert. A graduate of the 2011 class of Career Training, this will be Carly’s second year assisting in our program. She came to Missoula for photography school from Kansas City, Missouri and decided to stick around. We’re […]

CAREER TRAINING, INSTRUCTORS, RMSP STAFF
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
Documentary Fund Project – Call for Entries
April 29, 2013  Author:  

Are you intrigued by documentary photography? Can you picture yourself pursuing an issue with your camera? Do you already have an idea for a project that is just begging to be done? If you are nodding your head at any of these questions, the Documentary Project Fund (DPF) might be right up your alley. Educator, […]

INSTRUCTORS
Control the Background in Your Macro Photos
April 25, 2013  Author:  

Control the Background for powerful macro photography As with most forms of photography, macro imagery benefits from having a strong main subject; A subject that stands out and keeps the attention of the viewer. One approach to strengthening your main subject is by ensuring that you background does not compete with it. I consider the […]

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Two Elements to Better Macro Photography
April 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

I thought that title might suck you in and now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you about my favorite accessory for macro photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to macro and want to buy some gear or if you’ve been shooting for years and already own a macro […]

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Mark S. Johnson Releases Color Correction Video Tutorial Series
April 17, 2013  Author:  

Photographer, Photoshop luminary, author and longtime RMSP instructor Mark S. Johnson is at it again. If you will remember back,  just a few weeks ago, we announced here on Paper Airplanes that Mark was re-releasing his popular book Botanical Dreaming a a downloadable e-book. Well, now on the heels of that release, Mark is announcing […]

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Finding Inspiration on Google+ Images
April 16, 2013  Author:  

Google+: A Central Hub For Photographic Inspiration Remember the old adage that “knowledge is power?” If you spend ten minutes per day looking at images from those who have truly mastered the art of landscape photography, wedding photography, macro photography, etc., then your own photographic skills will rise. Spend ten more minutes each day reading […]

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