Grand Teton National Park


Grand Teton National Park

09/06/2014 - 09/12/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 06/08/2014
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: 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.

Student Testimonials

Diane Dubinsky Connecticut

Going to the RMSP workshop in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming was a dream come true. It was a solid week of taking landscape photos (sunrises and sunsets) in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. I loved it.


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Meeting Space

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.

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 airport to this workshop is Jackson Hole Airport, approximately 20 miles from the hotel.

Jackson Hole Airport
1250 East Airport Road
Jackson, WY 83001

Car Rental

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.


Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.
View other courses taught by Doug Johnson.

Grand Teton Workshop Schedule & Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here.)


Saturday7-9 Opening
Field Shoot
Field Shoot
MondaySunrise ShootLecture CritiqueField Shoot
TuesdaySunrise ShootLecture Critique
WednesdaySunrise ShootLecture CritiqueField Shoot
ThursdaySunrise ShootGroup Dinner
FridayCritique & Final SlideshowEnds 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.

Equipment Checklist

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)
Telephoto (70-300mm)

Macro Equipment and Filters

Macro lens
Close-up filters/diopters
Extension tubes


Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray – 1 stop hard, 2 stop soft)

Location/Field Equipment

Camera bag or backpack
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Cable release/remote
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera

Lens shades for all lenses
Cushion or knee pads
Gray Card

Dedicated flash
Pocket bounce/soft box
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
A good umbrella
Light to medium 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 2016 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?
  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 14 or 16 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 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.
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.