Lightroom for Photographers Missoula, Montana


Lightroom for Photographers Missoula, Montana

08/20/2015 - 08/23/2015
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 05/22/2015
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Why? Do you have a nagging feeling your photos could be better if you only knew more about image processing? Does managing images on your computer drive you to temporary bouts of madness? This four-day workshop is your ticket to easier, calmer, and more effective days working with images on your computer.

What? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® is a powerful, professional-grade image management and enhancement tool that can furrow the brows of new users trying to learn it on their own. For serious amateurs and professional photographers alike, strong Lightroom skills can dramatically improve both your happiness level and your images. The majority of this course is spent where the action happens—in the Library and Develop modules—focusing on techniques for managing a large volume of digital images. From proper storage methods to understanding the relationship between Lightroom’s database and your actual digital files, knowing the software from the ground up will help streamline your workflow.

After the initial import of images, you learn how to work with files by using the rate, keyword, sort, find, and label functions. In the Develop module, making exposure adjustments, cropping, converting to black and white, and removing pesky spots are a breeze—and can dramatically improve your images. Lightroom even makes it easy to sync your actions to many images at once. Lastly, you get an introduction to the various methods of showing your work, from slideshows to publishing your images on the web.

Who? Lightroom is professional-level image management software and may not be appropriate for novice photographers. New users are welcome to attend but must have a solid working knowledge of their computer’s operating system to get the most from this workshop. Participants are required to have their own laptop for this course.

This may help you decide if Lightroom for Photographers is the right choice for you:

Digital Imaging Workflow


Map icons by: Maps Icons Collection

Meeting Space

This workshop begins Thursday at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. Your class will meet at the following location in Missoula:

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 N. Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802


Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. There are many other hotels in Missoula to choose from; however, the two hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.

  1. Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
    200 South Pattee Street
    Missoula, MT 59802

    Additional Information

    The Holiday Inn at the Park is a full-service hotel located just 2 blocks from RMSP. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available for those in need of transportation to and from the airport.

    Rates: Peak Season (July 1 – August 31) $119 per night + tax*. Off Season (September 1 – June 30) $99 per night + tax*.

    *Discounted rate available on a limited number of rooms.

    Reservations: To receive the discounted rate, contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Our Preferred Corporate Rate code is 3-RMP.

  2. Staybridge Suites Missoula
    120 Expressway
    Missoula, MT 59808
    (406) 830-3900
    (800) 315-2621

    Additional Information

    The Staybridge Suites Missoula is located approximately 5 miles from RMSP. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast and suites with fully equipped kitchens. 

    Rates: January-May:  $99 (Studio Suite), $109 (One Bedroom Suite), $149 (Two Bedroom Suite). 

    June-August:  $104 (Studio Suite), $119 (One Bedroom Suite), $209 (Two Bedroom Suite).

    September-December: $99 (Studio Suite), $109 (One Bedroom Suite), $149 (Two Bedroom Suite).

    *Prices above do not include tax. 

    Reservations: To receive the RMSP rate, please make your reservation at the link below:

    Staybridge Suites RMSP Group Rate 

  3. Holiday Inn Express
    150 Expressway
    Missoula, MT 59808
    (406) 830-3100

    Additional Information

    Rates: $119 per night + tax* (standard single king).  $129 per night + tax* (standard double queen).

    *Discounted rates do not apply during special event weekends or sold-out special or city-wide events.

    Reservations: To receive the discounted rate, contact the hotel directly at the phone number above.


Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There are two convenient parking garages located within one block of the school ( Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.

Free parking is available at Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown for participants staying at the hotel.

Air Transportation

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 728-4381

Car Rental

Most major car rental companies are available in Missoula and have counters at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details:

Missoula’s locally-owned Dollar Rent A Car franchise offers a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students. To take advantage of this rate, contact them directly and mention you that are an RMSP student.

Dollar Rent-A-Car
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 542-2311


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.


Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.


Missoula Chamber of Commerce
(406) 543-6623

Missoula Downtown Association
(406) 543-4238



Forest Chaput de Saintonge has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. Forest will graduate with his degree in Astrophysics from the University of Montana in May of 2015. During his free time, he likes to run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom. He teaches both Adobe® Lightroom® and Adobe® Photoshop® in the Summer Intensive program.
View other courses taught by Forest Chaput de Saintonge.

Please click on the links below for the daily schedule and equipment list:





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?
  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, 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 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 Logisitics

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. 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.
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?
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.
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. 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 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.

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.