Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers
Where We Go: Join Tim Cooper and Lynn Hoffman-Brouse for an exhilarating week of photography instruction on top of the world. At least it feels that way when you’re surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks among mountains known as America’s Alps. Your base for the week is the photogenic mountain town of Ouray, Colorado (elevation: 8,000 feet). From there, you venture into Yankee Boy Basin, Black Bear and California Passes, the Million Dollar Highway, and multiple backcountry excursions in specially designed 4×4 vehicles.
What You Learn: No matter how many times you’ve been to Colorado, or even if you live there, you’ve never experienced it quite like this. Every location is awe-inspiring, steeped in history, and dripping with photographic potential. With their different photographic backgrounds, Cooper and Hoffman-Brouse offer a glimpse into their own unique perspective and creative process. Classroom lectures, held during the harsh light of midday, cover topics such as Zone system for color, macro techniques, creative flower photography, and landscape composition. Field shoots give you time to practice these new techniques, with Cooper and Hoffman-Brouse available to assist. Group critiques offer instructor feedback before the next shoot.
Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.
4x4 Jeep Rides
This workshop will be held at the Ouray Victorian Inn in Ouray, Colorado. Your class will meet regularly in the Sunroom. 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 July 12-17. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to indicate that you are with Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $135.00 per night + tax (one king or two queen beds). Room choices are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cutoff Date: Be sure to make your reservations by May 13, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.
Cancellation Policy: All reservations require a 50% deposit and are subject to a 30-day cancellation policy. Please check with the hotel for details.
Complimentary 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.
There are several nearby airports for this workshop. Mileage from the airport to the Ouray Victorian Inn is listed for each. To find out about carriers and flight schedules visit the airport websites.
Major car rental companies are available at each airport. 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 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. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.
The cost of the 4×4 Jeep transportation has been included in the tuition. Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.
Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List
(You may also download this as a .pdf document by clicking here: Colorado Workshop)
Introduction & Orientation
|Sunday||Field Shoot Crystal Lake
|Evening Jeep Ride||Dinner in the field (you may want to bring food as we will be home late)|
|Monday||Jeep Ride||Editing Lecture Critique||Field Shoot|
|Tuesday||Jeep Ride||Editing Lecture Critique||Field Shoot|
|Wednesday||Field Shoot Cascade Falls Lecture||Critique Field Shoot||Field Shoot|
|Thursday||Jeep Ride all day||Group dinner|
|Friday||Critique & Final Slideshow||Ends at 12:30|
Equipment & Supply List
Note: The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call 800-394-7677 if you have questions.
Digital SLR camera
RMSP welcomes all other camera formats as well. Digital images only will be critiqued on this workshop.
Please bring at least one of the following:
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Macro lens is optional
A focus on this workshop will be Macro. One of the following should be considered:
Camera bag or backpack
Lens shades for all lenses
Spare camera batteries
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Highly recommended for low to the ground macro photography:
Ground cloth/large plastic bag
Cushion or knee pads
Rain cover for camera
Plamp (clamp to hold flowers still)
Dedicated flash (If you have one, do not feel obligated to purchase one for this workshop)
Off-Camera Flash cord
Clothing and Personal Items
We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Warm weatherproof clothing that can be layered
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
Medium to Heavy Jacket
Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
Travel alarm clock and/or a watch
Pocket sized flashlight
Snacks for between meals in the field.
(You will want to purchase food for breakfast and snacks for each day prior to your arrival.)
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
All students must supply their own laptop computer with the following specifications:
- 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
What is the 2015 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.