Workshops

W-IconsPeople often say they can’t believe how much fun they had—and how much they learned—in our action-packed, week-long Workshops. Foundation Workshops are designed to build your fundamental photography skills step-by-step. We offer Basic or Intermediate Photography, as well as workshops on People Photography, Flash Photography, Macro Photography, and the ever-popular Lightroom for Photographers. Travel Workshops invite you to some of the most stunning locations in the U.S. under the wing of accomplished professionals. They’re expert photographers and skilled instructors who excel at making complex concepts clear and comprehensible. Their dedication shows in the hours they keep— there’s no 9 to 5 schedule here. Every day is maximized and you often shoot during the “golden hours” at sunrise and sunset.

In other workshops, you might notice instructors shooting images alongside their students. Not at RMSP. Our instructors are focused on teaching you, not building their own portfolio. They’re always looking through students’ cameras. They’ll take you to the best spots, at the best times, and show you how to capture the best images of your life. Are RMSP’s Travel Workshops a vacation or an education? If you love capturing beautiful images, they’re both.

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Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, California
11/05/2016 - 11/11/2016
Tuition: $1595
Crafting the Perfect Image
Sacramento, California
01/21/2017 - 01/22/2017
Tuition: $445
Crafting the Perfect Image
Portland, Oregon
02/11/2017 - 02/12/2017
Tuition: $445
Crafting the Perfect Image
Bozeman, Montana
03/04/2017 - 03/05/2017
Tuition: $445
Lightroom for Photographers
Seattle, Washington
04/06/2017 - 04/09/2017
Tuition: $995
Desert Spring: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Moab, Utah
04/17/2017 - 04/22/2017
Tuition: $1595
Basic Photography
Monterey, California
04/29/2017 - 05/05/2017
Tuition: $1495
Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge
Hood River, Oregon
04/29/2017 - 05/03/2017
Tuition: $1095
Basic Photography
Missoula, Montana
05/13/2017 - 05/19/2017
Tuition: $1295
Montana Ranching Experience
Missoula, Montana
05/17/2017 - 05/21/2017
Tuition: $1195
Palouse Country
Colfax, Washington
06/08/2017 - 06/12/2017
Tuition: $1095
Making Films with Your DSLR
Missoula, Montana
06/11/2017 - 06/23/2017
Tuition: $2250

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Natural Bridges at Night
Bluff, Utah
06/21/2017 - 06/25/2017
Tuition: $1395
Introduction to Flash Photography
Missoula, Montana
06/24/2017 - 06/30/2017
Tuition: $1395
Colorado's Mountains and Wildflowers
Ouray, Colorado
07/15/2017 - 07/21/2017
Tuition: $1795
Basic Photography
Missoula, Montana
07/15/2017 - 07/21/2017
Tuition: $1295
Intermediate Photography
Missoula, Montana
07/23/2017 - 07/28/2017
Tuition: $1395
Wildlife Photography Field Shoot
Kalispell, Montana
07/29/2017 - 07/31/2017
Tuition: $895
Documentary Projects
Missoula, Montana
07/29/2017 - 08/04/2017
Tuition: $1395
Relics of Montana
Missoula, Montana
07/29/2017 - 08/04/2017
Tuition: $1395
Photography of People
Missoula, Montana
08/05/2017 - 08/11/2017
Tuition: $1395
Business of Outdoor Photography
Missoula, Montana
08/05/2017 - 08/11/2017
Tuition: $1395
Lightroom for Photographers
Missoula, Montana
08/07/2017 - 08/10/2017
Tuition: $995
Photoshop for Photographers
Missoula, Montana
08/12/2017 - 08/15/2017
Tuition: $995
Glacier National Park
Saint Mary & West Glacier, Montana
08/20/2017 - 08/25/2017
Tuition: $1595
Macro Photography
Missoula, Montana
08/20/2017 - 08/25/2017
Tuition: $1395
Autumn in Grand Teton National Park
Jackson, Wyoming
09/09/2017 - 09/14/2017
Tuition: $1795
Yellowstone in the Fall
Gardiner, MT & West Yellowstone
09/16/2017 - 09/21/2017
Tuition: $1695
Basic Photography
Missoula, Montana
09/30/2017 - 10/06/2017
Tuition: $1295
The Coast of Maine
Rockport & Bar Harbor, Maine
10/07/2017 - 10/13/2017
Tuition: $1795
Intermediate Photography
Missoula, Montana
10/15/2017 - 10/20/2017
Tuition: $1395
Death Valley: Land of Extremes
Death Valley, California
11/04/2017 - 11/10/2017
Tuition: $1595

FAQ

What is the 2017 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.  
Which workshop is right for me?

Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Lightroom for Photographers, Photography of People, Macro Photography and Flash Photography will help to round out your technical know-how.

Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings under the "Considerations" or "Who?" section for this information. It will help you make a good decision about what workshop is a good fit for you.

If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.

 
What is the cutoff date for registration?
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.  
How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?
Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?
Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.
What is included in the tuition?
The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?
Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?

Please read our cancellation policy.

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.

RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Other Logistics

Hotels
Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
Travel
On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
Meals
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free Time
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / Partners
On most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.

Equipment

What should I bring?
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
Computers
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop.   Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!    

Cancellation Policy

  Cancellation Policy for Workshops
  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
  Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.