Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers


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Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers

07/12/2014 - 07/18/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 04/13/2014
This workshop 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.

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.

Student Testimonials

Rose Epps Texas

What I liked most about this workshop was the opportunity to be at these locations, at not only just the right time of the year for wildflowers, but at just the right time of the day (or evening). This workshop took my photography to new heights, both literally and figuratively.

Tuition Includes

4x4 Jeep Rides


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Meeting Space

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.

Ouray Victorian Inn
50 3rd Avenue
Ouray, CO 81427
(970) 325-7222

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.

Air Transportation

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.

Montrose Regional Airport
2100 Airport Road
Montrose, CO 81401
Telluride Regional Airport
1500 Last Dollar Road
Telluride, CO 81435
Denver International Airport
8500 Peña Boulevard
Denver, CO 80249

Car Rental

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.


Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel, Northern Lights and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. Tim has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book, Complete Photoshop® CS4 for Digital Photographers, as well as Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots with Gabriel Biderman. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world.

View other courses taught by Tim Cooper.

Lynn Hoffman-Brouse is a Salt Lake City-based photographer specializing in documentary portraiture and the photo essay. She is also an educator, teaching at Salt Lake Community College and as an artist-in-the-classroom for elementary and middle school students. Since 2005 Lynn has focused on working in the nonprofit sector, photographing at home and abroad with groups such as the YWCA, One Heart Tibet, IVUmed and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council; this work has been widely exhibited to help make the public aware of the work these groups do.

View other courses taught by Lynn Hoffman-Brouse.

Colorado Mountains and Wildflowers Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List

(You may also download this as a .pdf document by clicking here: Colorado Workshop)


Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday 7-9 Opening

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.

Equipment Checklist

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)
Telephoto (70-300mm)
Macro lens is optional

Macro Equipment
A focus on this workshop will be Macro.  One of the following should be considered:
Macro lens
Extension tubes
Close-up filters/diopters


Location/Field Equipment
Camera bag or backpack
Lens shades for all lenses
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Cable release/remote
Focusing rail
Camera & lens cleaning supplies

Highly recommended for low to the ground macro photography:

Ground cloth/large plastic bag
Cushion or knee pads
Diffusion disk

Field notebook
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
Spare batteries

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
Water bottle
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.)

Laptop Information

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 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

Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
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.
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.


What should I bring?
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
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.