Why? Say goodbye to blasé photos and get ready for a new world of photographic possibility. After a week of immersion in RMSP-style education, you’ll understand how your camera works—and how to make it work capturing the beauty and moments around you.
What? During this week of learning the basics, you explore the craft of photography with an instructor who makes the process fun. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively critique sessions, you listen as topics are thoroughly explained indoors—and then actively explore them through trial and error outdoors. Your instructor teaches you the building blocks of photography: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how they all work together to determine exposure. You learn how to interpret your camera’s histogram, adjust the white balance, and use its various metering modes. An A–to–Z equipment lecture covers cameras, lenses, tripods, and more. Learn how to use depth of field to stunning creative effect, and how techniques for composition can make your images sing. Group critiques help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates.
Who? You’re a beginning photographer who wants to learn to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life.
This workshop will be held at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg, Texas. Your class will meet in the Vander Stucken Parlor. This workshop begins Saturday at 7 p.m. and ends Friday at noon.
We suggest that you stay at this location for the dates of April 5-10. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $119 per night + tax for a standard room.
Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations by March 5, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.
Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.
Free parking is available at the hotel.
RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.
The nearest airport for this workshop is the San Antonio International Airport, located approximately 67 miles from the hotel. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.
Another option is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, located approximately 84 miles from the hotel.
Major car rental companies are available at both airports. Contact information and links can be found by visiting the airport websites.
Travel During Workshop
You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that students 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.
Basic Photography Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List
(You may also download this as a .pdf document by clicking here: Basic Photography Texas)
|Saturday||Meet at 7 p.m. for intros|
|Sunday||Lecture/Exposure||Field shoot||Download, Q&A from field shoot & Lecture|
|Monday||Lecture Advanced Exposure/Histograms||Field Shoot||Q&A in conference room|
|Tuesday||Field Shoot||Lecture Composition||Field Shoot|
|Wednesday||Field Shoot||Lecture Light/White Balance||Field shoot|
|Sense of place project||Group dinner|
|Friday||Critique||Class ends at noon
Note: The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call our office at 800-394-7677 if you have questions.
Digital SLR camera
Note: In some cases an advanced point-and-shoot camera that can be operated in manual mode can qualify. Please contact the school to see if your camera is a good fit for this workshop.
The kit lens that came with the camera (this will most likely be a 17-55mm lens)
Wide angle zoom lens
Telephoto lens (70-300mm) (fixed or zoom)
Camera bag or backpack
Spare camera batteries
Note taking materials
Lens shades for all lenses
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Rain cover for camera
Computer and Accessories
Laptop (Refer to Laptop Information below)
Clothing and Personal Items
We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Weatherproof clothing that can be layered for warmth
Light to medium jacket
Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
Travel alarm clock and/or a watch
Pocket sized flashlight
Snack for between meals in the field.
Digital SLR users must be able to:
- Download and store your images on your laptop
- View your images after downloading them
- Select and transfer specific images for daily critiques using one of the following:
- Empty Compact Flash/SD card
- Jump Drive
- Portable Hard Drive
If you are bringing your laptop to an RMSP workshop, please review the following:
RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs.
Free Hard Drive Space – We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer.
External Hard Drive – Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives dedicated to your photography.
Virus Protection – Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.
Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords – As needed
Important notes about tripods
The tripod head will affect your photography more than the tripod legs. There are two basic kinds of tripod heads, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages:
- Pan/Tilt Head: You can rotate the head (also called panning, which allows you to follow a moving subject), tip it forward and back, and tilt it side to side. A protruding handle controls each separate motion, which can make these awkward and time-consuming when you are on the go. These are good for commercial studio and architectural photography where you can take the time to set up a shot. In these cases, having separate locks for separate planes can be crucial.
- Ball Head: Ball heads are generally lighter and smaller than traditional pan/tilt heads. They are also faster to use, because you can compose and lock the camera with only one control. This makes these great for nature/landscape photographers. Most other photographers prefer ball heads for their many possible camera angles.
We recommend buying a head that pans (rotates), and that has a quick release plate (allows for quickly mounting your camera). Kirk Enterprises is a great US manufacturing company that creates custom quick release plates for every available camera.
- Aluminum, carbon fiber and basalt are the three materials used in making tripod legs. Carbon fiber is lighter-weight and sturdier over time, but more expensive.
What is the 2014 workshops schedule?Please see our Event Calendar.
Which workshop is right for me?Foundation Workshops require varying levels of previous photographic experience. Beginners should start with Basic Photography. Travel workshops require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. 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?
- Register online
- 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 14, 16 or 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 $50.00 off workshop tuition.
Explain Foundation and Travel workshops?Foundation Workshops are designed with a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. Travel workshops take you to a beautiful location with an instructor who knows the area and the light and how to get you to the perfect shooting spot.
What is included in the tuition?Most workshop tuitions include the instruction only. Hotel stays generally are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
How do we pay for a workshop?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. 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 InsuranceRMSP 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.
HotelsBlocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
TravelOn most workshops travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. RMSP provides a car-share list as part of the workshop e-correspondence. 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.
MealsYou 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 TimeRMSP 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 / PartnersOn 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.
What should I bring?Each workshop has a list of suggested equipment which will be sent in an email approximately 90 days before the workshop begins. If you have questions about a specific workshop please give our office a call.
ComputersAll 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. Digital lab workshops held in Missoula may have a limited number of desktop computers available for use. Please call our office if you need to reserve a computer. 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 PolicyNote: 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.
Cancellation Policy for Workshops
- For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
- For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
- For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
- For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
- For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.