Weekend Intensive


Weekend Intensive

02/08/2014 - 02/09/2014
This photo weekend is past its starting date.
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Does your weekend to-do list include “get a blast of inspiration,” or “become a better photographer…and enjoy every second of it!”?

If these items appear on your list, our Photo Weekend in Bozeman can help! Instructors Tony Rizzuto and Doug Johnson provide dynamic seminar-style photo courses that are equal parts education, inspiration and good old-fashioned fun!

This Photo Weekend is designed so that you can tailor your own learning experience to your own needs. Here’s how it works: Over the course of the weekend, several sessions are offered. Each session contains two courses. You choose the course that sounds most appealing and applicable to you. The courses within each session are diverse, and offer fitting options for beginners through intermediate amateur photographers. For example, if you have been intimidated by your SLR and want to learn the essentials of photography, in Session One you might elect to attend Photography Basics rather than Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®. Not interested in Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images? No problem. Simply attend Composition: Designing a Great Photo instead. It’s up to you! The final session of the weekend is an engaging, lively and anonymous group critique led by your instructors, which further reinforce many of the topics you learned throughout the weekend.

But that’s not all. A Photo Weekend also includes door prizes, possible visits from industry representatives and your local camera club(s), networking opportunities as well as a designated time for you to learn about the other amazing programs offered by RMSP. These two-day seminars are a convenient, affordable way for you to further your skills without wreaking havoc on your schedule.

Having “Attend RMSP Photo Weekend” on your to-do list will give you something fantastic to look forward to all week!

Bozeman Bonus Lecture:

As an added benefit to our Bozeman Photo Weekend, RMSP co-owner and founder Neil Chaput de Saintonge will be offering a bonus two-part presentation on Saturday after the final session.

Part one, titled What’s New in Cameras will focus on the mirrorless camera revolution that is currently happening. This new style of camera has taken the world by storm and is proving to be an incredible tool for photographers of all disciplines. They are very lightweight and capable of producing high quality images. Neil will discuss the details that make them special, as well as different makes and models available.  In part two, titled Over 15 Things to Look For When Buying a Lens, he will tell you what to look for before purchasing your next piece of glass. Topics will include brands and models, strengths and weaknesses, when to use a certain lens, price, and general considerations to be aware of. This is a highly informative lecture that goes beyond the obvious!


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Meeting Space

Revel in two full days of photography instruction at RMSP’s Photo Weekend at the Holiday Inn Bozeman in Bozeman, Montana.

Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 East Baxter Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-4561


If you need overnight accommodations, a limited number of rooms are being held at a special group rate at the Holiday Inn Bozeman. Reservations can be made by calling the number listed above identifying yourself as a Rocky Mountain School of Photography student to get the RMSP room rate.

Rate: $84 per night + tax.

Cutoff date: Make your reservations by January 23, 2014. After this date any remaining rooms will be released from the room block and reservations will be based on availability.


Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.


Choose one class per session
8:00-8:30 a.m.Check-in
8:30-9:00 a.m.Welcome and Orientation
9:00-11:00 a.m.Session I: (choose one)

  • Photo Basics I
  • Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®
11:00-11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.Session II: (choose one)

  • Photo Basics II
  • Understanding Exposure: Using the Zone System for Color
1:15-2:30 p.m.Lunch Break (on your own)
2:30-4:30 p.m.Session III: (choose one)

  • Introduction to Macro Photography
  • Understanding Light


Choose one class per session
8:00-8:30 a.m.Check-in for Sunday-Only Students
8:30-8:45 a.m.Quick Overview of the day (for Sunday-only students) and Career Training/Workshop Presentation (Info Session)
8:45-9:00 a.m.Break
9:00-11:00 a.m.Session IV: (choose one)

  • Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images
  • Composition: Designing a Great Photo
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.Session V: (choose one)

  • Landscape Photography
  • Photographing People
1:15-2:30 p.m.Lunch Break (on your own)
2:30-4:30 p.m.Session VI – Critique
4:30-4:45 p.m.Closing Session


Session I

Photo Basics I

Light and time are the basic essentials of photography. Regardless of whether you choose to use a digital or film camera, this will never change. This beginner class is an introduction to the use of the digital SLR or 35mm film camera. Topics include understanding shutter speeds, f-stops, focal length and ISO. Basic equipment needs such as tripods, cable releases and lens shades will also be discussed. If you are serious about moving the dial from program mode to manual mode, this is the class for you.

Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®

Adobe Lightroom allows photographers unprecedented, non-destructive control over both RAW and JPEG images. This class leads you through the important initial steps of image correction and enhancement. Topics include creating a step-by-step workflow beginning with the initial import, correcting color balance and exposure, converting your images to black and white, and editing your images through the use of curves and the hue/saturation, and luminance sliders. Learning to make both global and local enhancements to your images without leaving Lightroom allows you to further streamline your image processing. Learning basic retouching techniques allows you to fix blemishes in portraits or remove spots in your landscapes while applying the look of hand-coloring and adding vignettes allows your creativity to flourish.

Session II

Photo Basics II

This class moves beyond Photo Basics I to help you understand important aspects of digital capture. Understanding the difference between how your eye sees light and how the camera captures light helps you to portray your subject in a way that mirrors your intentions. Topics include exposure and metering modes, focus options, reading a histogram, outsmarting your meter and the benefits of bracketing. Learning more about your camera ensures more consistent success as a photographer.

Understanding Exposure: Using the Zone System for Color

Introduced by Ansel Adams for use in black and white photography, the theory of the Zone System is used today as an advanced method for metering in color. This method helps you achieve accurate and consistent exposures in difficult lighting conditions. By understanding the skill of pre-visualization, you can create stronger compositions with accurate exposure whether you are a documentary, portrait, still life or landscape photographer. Principles learned in this class apply to digital and film photography.

Session III

Introduction to Macro Photography

Getting closer to your subject is a good rule of thumb to follow in photography. In macro photography, it is both essential and rewarding. This beginning class introduces you to the extraordinary world of macro. You learn about the options for close-up equipment, how to work with and manipulate light for small subjects, focusing and the design principles for composing macro images that pop!

Understanding Light

As a photographer, understanding qualities of light is essential to creating photographs with impact. You learn how your camera interprets the color, intensity and contrast of light, and most importantly, how this differs from how the human eye sees light. Topics include both indoor and outdoor lighting, the basics of on-camera fill flash, camera filters, color temperature and how to choose the right type of lighting for your subject.


Session IV

Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images

Add a couple more notches to your creative belt with this technique-driven class designed for photographers who like to experiment. Learn about high dynamic range (HDR) imagery, metering and photographing a scene for HDR and panoramic, and how to use Lightroom® and Photomatix® software to create these eye-catching images. Gain insight into the equipment and shooting techniques that make creating panoramics easy and fun. Learn flawless techniques for stitching several images together in Photoshop® to create sweeping panoramics.

Composition: Designing a Great Photo

In photography, it is true that you only get one chance to make a first impression. The way a photographer uses lines, shapes, colors, point of view and equipment when composing a photograph determines how people react. This class covers the basics of visual design, including the rule of thirds, symmetry, using lines to create perspective, the effect of cropping and more.

Session V

Landscape Photography

Have you ever taken photos of a beautiful sunset or stunning outdoor scene only to be disappointed once you look at them on your computer? Well, you’re not alone! During this session you will learn what distinguishes a good landscape photo from an ordinary one and how your composition considerations and your use of natural light make the difference. Instruction also covers key camera settings that can improve the overall quality of your images and tools of the trade including camera bodies, lenses and tripods.

Photographing People

Documenting personal moments is one of the joys of being a photographer. However, learning how to interpret moments with a camera, and effectively convey moods and emotions, can be quite a challenge. In this class you learn how to connect with your subject, how to use light to define a face, how to choose the right equipment, composition and the importance of location and backgrounds. The difference between portrait and documentary photography is also discussed. This class is for the photographer looking to make eye-catching portraits in a digital world, saturated with every-day snapshots.

Session VI

Critique Session

Sunday’s critique session is intended to be an educational experience that benefits the entire group as you hear feedback on a diverse selection of images. Our instructors will offer constructive tips and suggestions that best illustrate concepts that have been introduced over the course of the weekend. Rather than submitting your best, award-winning shot, you might consider submitting an image that didn’t turn out quite the way you had hoped. We will get through as many images as time allows, however, it is not always possible to get through all of the images that are submitted.

All critiques are anonymous. If you choose to participate in the critique session, you may submit one image. Your image should be a digital copy in large JPEG format, ideally five to ten megabytes. We will not be able to accept prints or slides. You will be asked to submit your image at the registration table on Saturday afternoon. If you submit a CD or other storage device, please label it with your name and be sure to pick it up before you leave.

Tony Rizzuto has been a photographer for 14 years. Although his interests and photographic subjects are diverse, teaching is his primary passion. Tony is a 2001 Summer Intensive graduate and has spent the last nine years as the owner and head photographer at Sandbox Studios in Missoula, Montana, where he caters to both corporate and private clients. Prior to focusing exclusively on his portrait studio and teaching, Tony served as the Curriculum Director at Rocky Mountain School of Photography. His work has been featured on the cover of Rocky Mountain Child and in the pages of Three Rivers Lifestyle magazine and the Missoulian. He brings the same relaxed and humorous approach to both the classroom and the studio.
View other courses taught by Tony Rizzuto.
Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.
View other courses taught by Doug Johnson.


Do I need to bring a camera? What should I bring?
If you plan to take Photo Basics I or Photo Basics II, it may be helpful to have your camera to refer to during these classes. You do not need your camera for any of the other classes. Please bring your own note-taking materials as most people take lots of notes during the Weekend.
Will there be time for shooting?
No. Shooting is not part of the Photo Weekend. All Photo Weekends are lecture style.
Do I have to register ahead of time for the classes I want to take?
You do not need to decide which classes you want to attend until you are at the event. You can decide as you go, however, we suggest you take a look at the Course Descriptions before the Weekend so you can consider the topics that will be covered in each class.
How many people attend Photo Weekends?
Attendance ranges from 100 to 200 people per Weekend. This group is split in two groups for the majority of the weekend.
How early should I register to ensure a seat at a Photo Weekend?
Registrations often come in spurts, so even though there may be plenty of spots left for an event today, there may not be space tomorrow. Seating is limited to 200 at most events. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure a seat at the Weekend of your choice. In the past, some events have sold out as early as five weeks before the event.
What happens when an event sells out?
After an event sells out we stop processing registrations and start a waiting list for that Photo Weekend. There are always cancellations so we suggest that you put your name on the waiting list even if an event has sold out before you have registered.
How can I add my name to the waiting list?
To add your name to the waiting list, call or email our office and provide us with your name, phone number(s) and the event you would like to attend. You may call (800) 394-7677, or email weekends@rmsp.com. You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.
What are my chances of getting registered for a Photo Weekend if I’m on a waiting list?
Your chances depend on where you are on the list and how many cancellations we have for that particular Photo Weekend. The number of cancellations we receive for each Weekend varies. We will continue to contact people on the waiting list up until 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) the Friday before the event.
When is the deadline to sign up?
There is no deadline to sign up, however, seating is limited to 200 people at most events and all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage participants to sign up early in order to guarantee a seat.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per participant) if you notify RMSP at least five days before the event. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the Photo Weekend, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the Weekend is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
Do I have to pay for the Photo Weekend now?
Yes, tuition is due at the time of registration. If registering by phone, you can pay with a credit card. If we receive your registration after an event has sold out we will notify you and place your name on the waiting list.
If I am part of a group, do I save on registration?
If you are part of a group of five or more people attending a Photo Weekend you can save $20 on the tuition for two-day registration and $10 for one-day registration.
What do I do to set up my group and get a group code?
Let the person you speak with know that you would like to set up a group and receive a group code for Photo Weekend registration. You will be asked for your group or camera club name and we will give you a code to distribute to your group members. Once the members of your group have the code, they may call in or register online using the code to receive the group savings. You may also fax or email the list of names and contact information of those in your group. Remember to submit name, address, telephone number, email address and payment information for each person being registered.
How do I know what our group code is?
If you don’t know your group’s code, or don’t know if one has been assigned to your group, call our office and we can give you a code. If your group had a code that was assigned in previous years, it will no longer be valid. New group codes are assigned each year.
If I have a group code can I register after a Photo Weekend event has sold out?
No. Obtaining a group code does not ensure your seat at an event until you have registered for the Weekend. We suggest you register early.
I received a gift certificate from my camera club for the Photo Weekend event. What do I need to do?
Please call our office to register, free of charge, for the Photo Weekend you wish to attend. Have the gift certificate handy when you call because you will be asked to provide the certificate code located in the upper right corner of the certificate. Please keep in mind that even though you have a gift card, you must still register for the Weekend you wish to attend before it is sold out to guarantee your seat.
I received a $50 coupon after attending a Photo Weekend last year. Can I use it on a Weekend event this year?
Any coupon or gift card you received at a previous Photo Weekend is good toward any RMSP Workshop or Career Training course. The savings cannot be applied toward another Weekend.
I have taken RMSP Workshops and Photo Weekends in the past and am now a “Friend” of RMSP (which means I save $50 when registering for Workshops). Can I use this discount toward my Weekend tuition?
No. The “Friends” savings may only be applied to RMSP Workshops.
Will I receive confirmation after I register?
If we have an email address on file for you, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration. The email will include a link to access event information specific to the Photo Weekend you’ve registered for, including a weekend schedule and venue information. If we do not have an email address for you, you will not receive a confirmation message but you may call our office at (800) 394- 7677 to confirm your registration.
Will I receive any information ahead of time?
Two weeks prior to each event RMSP emails a reminder to registered students. This email will include a link to information such as directions to the venue, parking information and a schedule. If you did not provide an email address when registering, please call the office and provide an email address that we can email the information to. The event information is also available on the Details page for the Photo Weekend you are attending.
I will not be able to stay for the whole Weekend. Can I just pay for the sessions I am able to attend?
No. The cost for the event is the same regardless of how much of it you are able to attend.
Can I bring an audio recorder for the lectures?
Yes, you may bring an audio recording device to record lectures. Visual recording of the lectures is not allowed. Please ask individual instructors for permission before photographing their presentation slides. Presentations are the intellectual property of each instructor.
Is lunch included?
Lunch is on your own. We try to suggest convenient lunch options at or near the hotel. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Do you have special rates at the hotel?
Yes. At each event, we have blocked a limited number of rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at a special group rate. On our website see the Details tab on the event you are attending for rates and reservation information. There is usually a cutoff date of approximately 30 days so we encourage you to make your reservation early.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per participant) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the event. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the program, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the program is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.