The Magic of Light Painting
May 5, 2014  Author:   (1)

What is Light Painting? The word photography means to draw or paint with light. When I first began studying photography, I was told that along with composition, the study of light would be a lifelong endeavor. Over the years, I’ve found this to be an absolute truth. I have also found that light painting is […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Using Lightroom 5 to Create a Poster for Photo Lab Printing
April 16, 2014  Author:  

In my previous posts, I’ve outlined how to prepare a single photo for printing by your favorite photo lab (called “outsource printing” by some). In this article, I describe how to use Lightroom 5 to create a poster layout featuring one of your best photos and get it ready to send to a photo lab. Lightroom includes many […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Always Expect the Unexpected
April 7, 2014  Author:  

When first getting into photography, no one ever predicts what exactly it entails. Sure there are cameras, some lights, models, computers, hard drives, etc., etc. But no one ever plans on all the other calamities that can – and will – enter into daily life as a photographer. Sure duct tape is amazing and can […]

GUEST POST, INSPIRATION, RMSP NEWS
Shooting a Realistic HDR Image
March 19, 2014  Author:  

The High Dynamic Range Image HDR imagery can be considered a recent fad or a well-worn technique, depending on how you look at it. In the early days, film failed to produce visible detail in the highlight and shadow values of high-contrast scenes. Because of this, photographers resorted to difficult and tedious darkroom techniques to […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Using Photoshop CC to Prepare a Picture for Photo Lab Printing
March 17, 2014  Author:  

In my last post I described the process of getting a single image ready for photo lab printing using Lightroom 5. In this article, I am illustrating the comparable process using Photoshop CC. Note that all the steps can also be accomplished with most older versions of Photoshop as well as many versions of Photoshop […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
One Graduate’s Experience with Visual Studies Assignments
March 16, 2014  Author:  

The first session in our Our Career Training program is the cornerstone of RMSP – Summer Intensive. This is the course that attracts students from every corner of the globe and from every walk of life and who all see the world in a unique way. The curriculum in Summer Intensive is broken into several […]

CAREER TRAINING, GUEST POST, RMSP NEWS
Interview with Claudia Lebenthal – part 2
March 14, 2014  Author:  

Last Friday, we introduced you to Claudia Lebenthal here on our blog. In that post (here is a link), Claudia spoke with me about her experience working in what we will refer to as “the industry” since her experiences are so vast. With titles that range from graphic design assistant to lead designer to associate […]

INSPIRATION, RMSP NEWS
Resiliency – Kids In Focus Project
March 11, 2014  Author:  

One thing we strive for in our Photo Weekends program is to invite camera clubs, meetup groups, our educational partners and other organizations to have a presence at each event. The increased buzz created by having more select photo-related groups join us makes for a better event all the way around. In the run up to our […]

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Instagram Takeover!
March 10, 2014  Author:   (3)

RMSP has been taken over!! Well, at least our Instagram account has been!  But don’t worry, it’s a planned, highly-anticipated, fun and creative type of takeover. Starting today, Monday, March 10, 2014 our Instagram account will be in the hands of 2013 Summer Intensive graduate Megan Jae Riggs for two weeks! She will be logging into […]

RMSP EXPERIENCE, RMSP NEWS
Interview with Claudia Lebenthal – part 1
March 7, 2014  Author:  

Recently I was contacted out of the blue by an associate of Claudia Lebenthal, asking if I might be interested in doing an interview with her for our blog. Always on the lookout for fresh, new content for our readers, my first instinct was to say “heck yeah.” This, of course, was followed up by […]

INSPIRATION, RMSP NEWS
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
Copyright: To Register or Not To Register?
February 25, 2014  Author:   (3)

Photographers create intellectual property on a daily basis. For some it is done purely for enjoyment and for others it is the means by which we feed our families. Wherever you fall on the creative spectrum, you are the owner of the images you create and you have the exclusive right to decide how those […]

GUEST POST, STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS, 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
Guest Post – My Journey From RMSP Student to Professional Wedding Photographer
February 14, 2014  Author:   (1)

After investing years of time, money, patience and dedication, you begin to see the reward of hard work – and reward is an understatement. I’ve dreamed of becoming a wedding photographer. It’s what I love. Funny thing is, I didn’t know it was wedding photography until I attended Summer Intensive. RMSP has this strong creative […]

CAREER TRAINING, GUEST POST, STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS
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 […]

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