Michigan’s Upper Peninsula


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

10/04/2014 - 10/10/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 07/06/2014
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: Few natural attractions in our country can compete with the exploding autumn colors found along Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here’s your opportunity to be completely immersed in the U.P.’s palette of color while creating images of the sweeping landscape as well as the smaller, more intimate details beneath your feet. Pristine waterfalls and miles of sandstone cliffs towering 200 feet above Lake Superior dance before you as Michigan native Steve Gettle works to make you a better, more technically sound photographer. One day of this workshop with Steve will include a pontoon boat ride on Lake Superior providing you a unique perspective on the colorful shoreline. Cap that experience off by spending part of a day photographing raptors displayed for you by a local birds of prey handler.

What You Learn: It’s a recipe almost too good to be true: Your desire to improve, Steve’s 30+ years experience photographing the UP, and Mother Nature’s fireworks display of natural color. Mornings find you up and at ‘em before dawn to take advantage of the early light. When the harsh shadows appear, you retreat to the classroom for critiques and lectures introducing concepts and reinforcing techniques practiced in the field Lecture topics include exposure, constructing and communicating with composition, understanding light, macro photography and choosing equipment. Evenings are spent back in the field to capture the evening light.



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Meeting Space

Your workshop will be held at Holiday Inn Express in Munising, Michigan. Your class will meet regularly in a meeting room at the hotel.  This workshop begins on Saturday, October 4 at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, October 10 at noon.


We suggest that you stay at this location for the dates of October 4-10. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to identify yourself as a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Holiday Inn Express
E8890 Michigan 28
Munising, MI 49862

Rates: Standard rooms have been blocked at the rate of $150 per night plus tax.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations no later than September 19, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.



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 international airport for this workshop is Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, MI, located approximately 50 miles from the hotel. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.

Sawyer International Airport (MQT)
125 G Ave
Marquette, MI 49841

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available at Sawyer International Airport. Contact information and links can be found on the airport website: www.sawyerairport.com/ground_transportation.html

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 welcome letter will include questions about how you prefer to travel during the workshop. Be sure to send back your information on time. Your final letter will include a list of people who plan on driving and are interested in carpooling.


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.


Michigan’s U.P.



Steve Gettle’s images communicate his love for the wildlife and wild places of our world. For nearly thirty years, Steve has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs of the beauty around us. Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Museum of Natural History in London and The American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 2008, Steve was honored to have a one man show at The National Center for Nature Photography in Ohio. His work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and publications by The National Geographic Society, Canadian Geographic, Audubon, Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, and many others. He finds inspiration in the natural areas surrounding his home in Brighton, Michigan.

View other courses taught by Steve Gettle.


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.