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
Arachnophobobes, Avert Thy Eyes: The Annual Spider Issue – Guest Article by Steve Russell
November 13, 2013  Author:  

They’re creepy and they’re crawly; they cause more screams and heart palpitations per millimeter of length than just about any other creature; and they make great models for photo shoots as long as they don’t jump onto the photographer (i.e., ME) or crawl into the camera bag. Spiders. Arachnids. Orb weavers. Stalkers. Jumpers. Trappers. Lightning […]

INSPIRATION, RMSP NEWS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
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
2014 RMSP Catalog Cover
October 28, 2013  Author:  

If you are at all tapped into the Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Instagram worlds, you will already know that our latest course catalog has landed in mailboxes from coast to coast. The feedback we have been hearing and seeing is all thumbs up, which of course makes us pretty darn happy! You know what else […]

RMSP EXPERIENCE, RMSP NEWS
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
September’s Assignment Gallery – Landscape Your Life
October 11, 2013  Author:  

Last month, we encouraged photographers to capture landscapes in their world using any subject matter available to provide a reasonable facsimile. Enjoy the work of this month’s creative group! “The actual landscapes in Texas looking pretty barren by the end of summer, I started with an obvious and favorite landscape, the one I see every day out […]

ASSIGNMENTS, INSPIRATION, RMSP NEWS
October’s Assignment – Make It Count
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If there is such thing as “obvious” in an image, this is your month to portray it. It’s going to be a numbers game with this month of October’s assignment  – Make It Count. This challenge asks the photographer to capture in very literal fashion any number from one t0 ten.  A single baby lying […]

ASSIGNMENTS, INSPIRATION
Mark S. Johnson on Scott Kelby’s Blog
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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
Day In The Life of Missoula Photo Essay
October 1, 2013  Author:  

Rocky Mountain School of Photography is teaming up with the Missoula Independent to co-sponsor a community wide photo essay. The subject? That would be our lovely little ‘burg of Missoula. What do you have to do? It’s simple. All you have to do is photograph Missoula this Saturday, October 5 between midnight and midnight and […]

RMSP NEWS
The Power of Critique
September 26, 2013  Author:  

For most of us, photography is enjoyed on many different levels.  First and foremost is the act of taking the picture.  This might mean walking around finding interesting subjects or creating scenes from the ground up and photographing them.  It can also include the act of touching up your images on the computer.  Making them […]

TIPS & TECHNIQUES
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