Adventure & Lifestyle Photography
Adventure & Lifestyle Photography
Dates: 09/14/2015 - 09/18/2015
Of course it looks like it’s all fun and games – it’s supposed to! But, creating images that capture the adventure and active lifestyle aesthetic, and successfully convey that message to consumers takes a lot more than many realize. During this course RMSP graduate and working professional Mike Tittel gives you an A-to-Z tour from pre-shoot considerations, to orchestrating a photo shoot, to the follow-up business and marketing that is necessary to make a living behind the lens.
Before even picking up your camera, Mike discusses his personal pre-production workflow and teaches you how to prepare when it’s your turn. During location shoots you photograph outdoor action such as mountain biking or trail running, models in an indoor fitness environment, and a tranquil outdoor activity such as yoga or tai chi while utilizing both natural and artificial light from a flash or a battery powered pack. Mike provides demos before each shoot and is on hand to offer advice when you are behind the lens.
In the classroom, lectures and post-shoot group critiques further educate your business side and train your aesthetic side. Mike’s lectures cover the ‘not-as-fun-but-necessary’ aspects of the profession including structuring a company with the IRS to purchasing insurance for yourself and your equipment. He covers necessary paperwork including estimates, stock licenses, terms and conditions and invoices. Marketing topics include the importance of establishing effective branding, running a capable website, using direct mail, source books as well as working with a consultant to help navigate the sometimes-murky waters of it all. Mike also devotes time to the importance of surrounding yourself with other professionals including stylists, producers, digital technicians and other creatives in the industry.
This class begins Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m. Your class will meet at the following location for the workshop:
Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. There are many other hotels in Missoula to choose from; however, the two hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.
- Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown200 South Pattee StreetMissoula, MT 59802406-721-8550
The Holiday Inn is a full-service hotel located just 2 blocks from RMSP. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available for those in need of transportation to and from the airport. *Discounted rate available on a limited number of rooms.
Rates: Peak Season (July 1 – August 31) $119 per night + tax*. Off Season (September 1 – June 30) $99 per night + tax*.
Reservations: To receive the discounted rate, contact the hotel directly at the local number above and let them know you are with Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Our Preferred Corporate Rate code is 3-RMP.
- Staybridge Suites Missoula120 ExpresswayMissoula, MT 59808(406) 830-3900(800) 315-2621
The Staybridge Suites Missoula is located approximately 5 miles from RMSP. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast and suites with fully equipped kitchens.
2016 Rates: September-May: $99 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $104 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $149 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).
June-August: $109 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $119 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $209 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).
2017 Rates: January-May and October-December: $99 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $109 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $179 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).
June-September: $129 per night + tax (Studio Suite), $139 per night + tax (One Bedroom Suite), $209 per night + tax (Two Bedroom Suite).
Reservations: To receive the RMSP rate, please make your reservation at the link below:
Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There are two convenient parking garages located within one block of the school (www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parking). Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.
Free parking is available at Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown for participants staying at the hotel.
Most major car rental companies are available in Missoula and have counters at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details: www.flymissoula.com/Ground_Transportation.
Missoula’s locally-owned Dollar Rent A Car franchise offers a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students. To take advantage of this rate, contact them directly and mention that you are an RMSP student.
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
Travel During Workshop
You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students. Your final email will include a car share list of interested participants.
You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.
Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.
Mike Tittel admits an obsession with all-things photography. As a freelance active lifestyle photographer based in Salt Lake City, his work reflects his personality: passionate, energetic, adventurous, and focused. His zeal for the craft and technical side of photography is equally matched by his love for running a business and working as a team with other creative professionals to create visually stunning work. Mike’s beliefs in developing personal relationships and fostering creative collaboration have enabled him to work with nationally-known brands including Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless, Puma, Columbia Sportswear, Red Bull, Gore-Tex as well as publications such as Men’s Journal, Outside, Fitness, Runner’s World, Shape, Skiing, Bike. When Mike isn’t working on location or in the office, you’ll find him rippin’ single-track, skiing powder, or spending quality time with his wife and two kiddos.
Who should attend Professional Studies courses?These courses are designed for skilled photographers who want a concentrated education in a particular field of photography, and an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professional photographers in that area of interest.
What are the entrance requirements for Professional Studies?Professional Studies courses are taught on an advanced level and will not cover basic photographic techniques. For this reason, you must be able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode. You must be competent in the areas of digital capture, image processing and management, and working with artificial lighting. SI graduates are accepted into any Professional Studies course upon submission of an application.
Should I take more than one Professional Studies course?Any Professional Studies course can stand alone, but most students take multiple Pro Studies courses. We’ve structured the courses to allow students to design his or her own individual curriculum from a variety of offerings. Four weeks of Professional Studies courses give students flexibility in setting up a personalized line-up. Please keep in mind that enrollment in all classes is strictly limited. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically fill early.
Do I need to be a Summer Intensive graduate to attend Professional Studies?Most Professional Studies students have graduated from Summer Intensive, while others have photographic training and experience that allows them to meet our entrance requirements. For applicants wanting to take Pro Studies courses without having completed SI, it is necessary to go through an additional application process. This process begins by an interested student applying for classes on our website. Please contact our office for more information.
How does Professional Studies differ from your workshops?Professional Studies courses are a totally different animal than our workshops. The course content, student population, and expectations differ tremendously from one to the other. The Professional Studies classes are designed for the professional level photography student who wants to make at least a part time income photographing. The content is directed toward giving the student as much information as possible in a short amount of time about how to operate professionally in a particular field. Students are on a more advanced level and they come with the expectation of strengthening their professional style and techniques. Critiques are more directed and focused on marketability.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until a course is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to the enrollment limit. Although classes typically fill very quickly, we will accept enrollment up to the start of class if space is available.
How many students are in the Professional Studies courses?In order to provide an excellent educational experience, we limit our enrollment to 16 students in each class.
Cancellation PolicyAll courses have a limited number of seats available. Enrollment, along with payment of appropriate deposit(s), reserves a seat in a course. Demand for course placement is high, due to limited enrollment. Withdrawal from a Career Training course is a serious matter. When a student accepts a position in a course, other students are denied that position. If a student withdraws after a course begins, another person cannot take his or her place. Payment of the deposit(s) for Pro Studies courses is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition balances are due 60 days before the course start date. Applications occurring after this date require full payment at the time of enrollment. If payment has not been paid by the deadline, the student will be dropped from that course for non-payment and the first student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. A student who has been dropped due to non-payment may apply again for the course if there is an available seat or he/she may ask to be placed on the waitlist. A student on a waitlist will be contacted via email or phone when an available seat opens up. The student will have until the close of the next business day to inform the RMSP office if he/she would like to take the spot. If the student does not respond in that timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant that cancels the Enrollment Agreement within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) after the Enrollment Agreement is accepted by the applicant.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant who is not accepted by the school.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant in the event that educational services are discontinued by RMSP.
- For cancellations received in our office at least 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
- For cancellations received in our office 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less the $300 tuition deposit.
- For cancellations received in our office within 30 days prior to the start of the course, no tuition refund is due to the student.