Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park

08/17/2014 - 08/22/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 05/19/2014
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: 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.

Student Testimonials

Linda Webster Wisconsin

I have finally found my true passion in photography and it only grew more intense after taking the RMSP workshop in Glacier National Park.

Tuition Includes

Many Glacier Boat Trip


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Meeting Space

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 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 and we will follow up on the reservation. 

St Mary Lodge
3 Going to the Sun Road
St Mary, MT 59417
(406) 892-2525

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.

Belton Chalet
12575 Highway 2E
West Glacier, MT 59936
(406) 888-5000

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.

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.

The nearest international airport for this workshop is:

Glacier Park International Airport
4170 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available at Glacier Park International Airport:

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
(406) 888-7800



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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.

Glacier National Park Photography Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List

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


Morning Afternoon Evening
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.

Equipment Checklist

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.

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

Ground cloth/large plastic bag
Cushion or knee pads (If you enjoy low macro photography)
Diffusion Disk
Gray Card
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera

Flash (Optional)
Dedicated flash
Flash cord
Spare batteries

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
Water bottle
Pocket sized flashlight
Snacks for between meals in the field.

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.