Glacier National Park
Where We Go: Glacier National Park is where landscape photographers want to go when they die. Luckily, you can go there while still among the living in this breathtaking weeklong course with landscape photographer and professional instructor Tim Cooper. As a Glacier veteran, he takes you straight to the park’s premier shooting spots. Whether along the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road, the magical Avalanche Creek, or the towering cedars, snow-mantled summits, and sparkling mountain lakes that abound here, you’ll understand why Glacier is a landscape photographer’s paradise.
What You Learn: When you visit Glacier Park with RMSP, you don’t merely take in the sights and collect a few pretty pictures—Cooper ensures that you leave a better, more educated, and more thoughtful photographer. During classroom hours, he covers topics like creative landscape composition, mastering the Zone system, and photographing for HDR. During morning and evening field shoots, you practice these techniques when the light graces the landscape with its greatest beauty. Patiently, and with his easygoing manner, Cooper offers hands-on assistance when you need it most. During group critiques, you learn from having a professional study your work and give constructive feedback before the next outing.
Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, but lectures are not tailored to basic principles. Due to some hiking at high altitude (7,000 feet), it is recommended you be in good physical condition.
Many Glacier Boat Trip
This workshop will begin on the east side of Glacier National Park and ends on the west side. This workshop begins Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m.
While on the east side of the park, please make your reservations at Many Glacier Hotel for the nights of August 16-19, departing August 20. You must make your reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and request to reserve a room within the Rocky Mountain School of Photography room block. Please include your full name, the dates requested and your phone number. A sales rep will call you back to make the reservation within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within the 24-hour period, please forward your original reservation request email to email@example.com and we will follow up on the reservation.
Rates: $155 per night + tax (value room) or $170 per night + tax (refurbished value room). Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cutoff date: Make your reservations by June 24, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Glacier hotels regularly fill up far in advance of the summer season.
While on the west side of the park make your reservations at the Belton Chalet for the nights of August 20-22, departing August 23. You can make your reservation by calling the phone number below. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Rates: $170 per night + tax. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cutoff date: Make your reservation by July 20, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.
Complimentary parking is available at both hotels.
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 international airport for this workshop is:
Major car rental companies are available at Glacier Park International Airport: www.iflyglacier.com.
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.
There are two ways to get to the Many Glacier Hotel from Kalispell. Please click on the links below for maps and directions:
One way is to enter Glacier National Park through the west entrance and follow the Going-to-the-Sun road, then follow Highway 89 to Babb.
The other option is to take Highway 2 from Kalispell around the southern border of Glacier National Park, then follow Highways 49 and 89 to Babb.
Please click here for a map of your route through Glacier Park.
You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.
Tuition includes a boat trip from Many Glacier Hotel. Any additional fees, including entrance into the park, will be your responsibility. Glacier National Park requires an entrance fee of $25 per vehicle for a seven day pass.
Glacier National Park Photography Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List
(You may also download this as a .pdf document by clicking here: Glacier Photography Workshop)
|Sunday||Orientation Lecture||Lunch Lecture||Field Shoot-Dinner in the field|
|Monday||Boat Ride||Lecture Edit||Field Shoot-Dinner in the field|
|Tuesday||Field Shoot||Critique||Field Shoot-Dinner in the field|
|Wednesday||Field Shoot||Leave for West Glacier Field Shoot|
|Thursday||Field Shoot||Lunch Field Shoot-Light Hike|
|Friday||Field Shoot||Lunch Final Meeting||Workshop ends at 5 p.m.|
Equipment & Supply List
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 (with camera manual)
RMSP welcomes all other camera formats as well.Please keep in mind that only digital images will be critiqued on this workshop.
Lenses (please bring at least one of the following)
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Telephoto lens (70-300mm)
Macro lens-Macro is not a focus of this workshop, however avid macro shooters may want to bring one along.
Polarizer for each lens
Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray – 2 stop soft, 3 stop hard) These filters are used to reduce contrast in high contrast landscape scenes. A software solution to this problem will be covered during class for those without filters.
Camera bag or backpack
Lens shades for all lenses
Spare camera batteries
Camera and Equipment manuals
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Ground cloth/large plastic bag
Cushion or knee pads (If you enjoy low macro photography)
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera
Clothing and Personal Items
We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Weatherproof clothing that can be layered for warmth
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
Medium to warm 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.
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.