Help Portrait 2014 at RMSP
December 8, 2014  Author:  

As many photographers around the world know, December 6 marks the day of the international movement known as Help-Portrait. This last Saturday in Missoula, Rocky Mountain School of Photography played host to Missoula’s installment of Help Portrait. Thanks to the many volunteer photographers from the community, as well as hair stylists, make up artists and […]

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In the Spirit of Ansel Adams: Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in Black and White – Guest Article by Steve Russell
December 5, 2014  Author:   (2)

At the tail end of Fall I had a chance to join a small group of experienced photographers on a photo expedition to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Our goals were to “hunt” and “shoot” wild animals, photograph the Milky Way, and capture the grandeur of the Teton mountain range. Of course, this is […]

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Photography in the Red Zone – Guest Article by Mel Mann
October 22, 2014  Author:   (1)

It was my good fortune to get a roll of Kodak infrared film recently, giving me a chance to play around with this very different photography medium. In my mind I kept planning to have one of my digital bodies converted to IR but just never got around to it. Film gave me a way […]

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In Living Color: My Summer of Dragonflies – Guest Article by Steve Russell
October 6, 2014  Author:  

My summer began with a chance photographic encounter with the “birth” of a dragonfly (the topic of my last blog) and is winding down with a concerted effort to capture dragonflies in flight. In between I’ve taken thousands of shots of dragonflies doing what they do: hunting bugs, eating, mating, perching, laying eggs and when […]

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Refining Masks in Photoshop
September 11, 2014  Author:  

Refining Selections The marching ants that represent selections have been around forever. But it doesn’t mean that they are the best tool for the job; it’s just all we have had until recently. Some years back Adobe gave us the Refine Edge tool. In addition to viewing the selection in a different way, it gives […]

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2015 COURSE CATALOG IS OUT!!
August 28, 2014  Author:   (1)

That’s right! The 2015 RMSP Course Catalog will begin shipping today! If you are on our list (and request mail from us), your copy should be showing up in the very near future. If you simply can’t wait to hold this beauty in your hands, you can get a jump on planning your 2015 by […]

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Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly Caught on Camera – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 23, 2014  Author:  

It was an amazing sight – the transformation of a beetle-like larva into a fully functioning flying dragonfly right before my very eyes – and camera. I’d been shooting dragonflies this summer at my favorite marshy spot on the edge of nearby Waughop Lake. I happened to look down and spot an ugly little larva […]

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Using Photoshop CC to Create a Poster for Photo Lab Printing
June 16, 2014  Author:   (3)

In this fourth post on preparing images for printing at a photo lab, I describe using Photoshop CC to lay out a poster that includes one of your photographs plus some text that acts as a title. Note that most of the steps can also be accomplished with older versions of Photoshop as well as […]

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What’s That NOISE? Part 2
April 11, 2014  Author:   (1)

In the last post I covered the most widely recognized cause of digital noise in your photographs and solutions for removing and minimizing this problem. Now I want to cover two other causes and how to combat the different noise that results Cause #2: Exposure Didn’t see that one coming did you? We love digital […]

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What’s that NOISE? Part 1
April 9, 2014  Author:   (1)

It’s pretty likely that you’ve at least heard about noise in digital photos. I’d also be willing to bet that you’ve got a few images in your archive that are great examples of this artifact, but do you really know what causes it? I would imagine that most of you answered “yes” but how about […]

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Random Acts of Photography – Guest Article by Steve Russell
January 15, 2014  Author:  

In the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest’s late fall and winter it is usually light-starved, wet and 50 shades of gray. Occasionally, though, the sun peeks out and it stops raining long enough for some shooting opportunities of the outdoor nature kind. For example, I found salmon leaping out of the water trying to get […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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