Grand Teton National Park
Where We Go: The Grand Teton at sunset. Moulton Barn with the Tetons in the background. Reflections of Mt. Moran in the backwaters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend. Photograph all of these locations as part of a small, fun group led by landscape photographer and professional instructor Doug Johnson. It’s a week of exploring and photographing Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, where opportunities to create works of art exist around every corner.
What You Learn: Being surrounded by this much natural beauty while photographing with a professional at your side makes this week a special experience you won’t soon forget. Johnson’s mission is to transform you into a more educated, intentional photographer who can use a camera with confidence. He helps you to identify your landscape photography goals and then works with you to achieve them. Along the way he uses classroom lectures to cover various topics ranging from the Zone system for color, equipment considerations for shooting wildlife and landscapes, and how to achieve proper exposure in an environment where weather changes the light from minute to minute. In the field, at sunrise or sunset, he encourages and assists you. Back in the classroom, he critiques your images so you have clear ideas to help you improve. Seeing the images created by other participants helps train your eye to become a better photographer.
Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.
This workshop begins Saturday at 7 p.m. and ends Friday at noon.
We suggest that you stay at Alpenhof Lodge for the dates of September 5 or 6-11, departing on September 12. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. To receive the room block rate please identify yourself as a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $190 per night + tax. Room choices are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cutoff Date: Be sure to make your reservations by August 1, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.
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.
The nearest airport to this workshop is Jackson Hole Airport, approximately 20 miles from the hotel.
Major car rental companies are available at Jackson Hole Airport. Contact information and links can be found at the airport website.
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.
Any additional fees and/or supplies, including entrance to shooting locations, will be the responsibility of the participant.
Grand Teton Workshop Schedule & Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here.)
|Monday||Sunrise Shoot||Lecture Critique||Field Shoot|
|Tuesday||Sunrise Shoot||Lecture Critique|
|Wednesday||Sunrise Shoot||Lecture Critique||Field Shoot|
|Thursday||Sunrise Shoot||Group Dinner|
|Friday||Critique & Final Slideshow||Ends at Noon|
Please keep in mind that this is an example of the schedule. This schedule is subject to change due to class size, weather and any other unforeseen need to make adjustments.
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.
Please keep in mind that only digital images will be critiqued on this workshop.
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Macro Equipment and Filters
Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray – 1 stop hard, 2 stop soft)
Camera bag or backpack
Spare camera batteries
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera
Lens shades for all lenses
Cushion or knee pads
Pocket bounce/soft box
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
A good umbrella
Light to medium 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.