Rocky Mountain School of Photography » Workshops http://www.rmsp.com Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Death Valley National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-death-valley-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-death-valley-national-park/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:30:17 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36374 Where We Go: Photographing in Death Valley National Park takes you and your photography to new extremes. While the area is usually talked about in terms of record heat (136 degrees), or North America’s lowest elevation (282 feet below sea level), it’s also a playground for landscape photographers. Within its three million acres exist infinite spectacular possibilities to capture the interplay between otherworldly landscapes and dramatic morning and evening light. From the Alabama Hills you can photograph Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the contiguous U.S. Then head to the other extreme at Badwater, the Continent’s lowest point. Capture the quirky town of Darwin before heading to Aguereberry Point, where you catch sunset’s deepening hues over Death Valley.

What You Learn: Learning to photograph an environment as dynamic as Death Valley requires an instructor just as dynamic. Enter Doug Johnson, one of RMSP’s most beloved teachers. From a comfortable classroom, Johnson provides insightful lectures on working in environments that can harm your equipment, taking care of yourself in the field, using the Zone System for color, and conveying a sense of scale in your landscape images. During location shoots—held when both the light and the temperature are enjoyable—Johnson provides one-on-one assistance and tips for improving your technique. During constructive critique sessions in the classroom, you benefit from having a nice glass of ice water while your images are studied and commented on by Doug and other participants in an effort to help you improve.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Be prepared to hike up to three miles on moderate trails and steep sand dunes.

 

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Intermediate Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-intermediate-photography-missoula-montana-3/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-intermediate-photography-missoula-montana-3/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:28:53 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36908 Why? Basic Photography taught you the building blocks of photography and gave you the confidence to use them correctly. Now it’s time to take your skills even further while exploring more of Western Montana’s beauty. Jagged mountain views from Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge, cascading waters of Kootenai Creek, and the historic western town of Philipsburg with its colorful candy store, provide endless scenery for you to explore with your camera.

What? This weeklong course encourages and teaches you to see more creatively. In a wide spectrum of shooting scenarios, Tony teaches you low-light and night photography, techniques and equipment for macro photography and advanced exposure techniques including the Zone System and how it can help you achieve the right exposure in any situation. As he challenges you to seek out creative compositions, you’ll learn the difference between simply taking a picture and actually designing a great image. His humorous, easygoing nature makes for a comfortable learning environment. Tony leads group critiques that further your growth by offering a window into the thought process and keen eye of a professional photographer. Seeing the images created by your classmates, and hearing their input on the strengths and weaknesses of your photographs also helps to embed the lessons learned throughout the week.

Who? You have an understanding of the basic principles of photography and are able to operate your DSLR on manual mode confidently, or have taken RMSP’s Basic Photography workshop. If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you because you feel less confident than you would like, here are a couple of blog posts produced by our instructors to review. These may help you decide if either Basic or Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

The 411 of Basic Photography in Texas

 

 

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Yellowstone in the Fall http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-yellowstone-in-the-fall/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-yellowstone-in-the-fall/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:39:30 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36372 Where We Go: Being in Yellowstone National Park in the fall makes you think someone adjusted nature’s saturation levels to perfection. The cottonwood and aspen trees create a pallet so vivid you have to pinch yourself to know you aren’t dreaming. The yellows, reds and greens that blanket the landscape seem painted on. The blues in the sky invite you to swim in them. The air is so fresh and crisp you savor every breath and smell. During this week with Doug Johnson, let your senses come to life while experiencing Yellowstone’s greatest hits: Lamar and Hayden valleys, Mammoth Terraces, North Geyser Basin, the Madison River, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin and Yellowstone Lake, Black Sand Basin, Great Fountain Geyser and the otherworldly Grand Prismatic Spring. While at this spring, you may momentarily forget you are still on planet Earth. The colors – caused by pigmented bacteria in the microbes growing around the edges of the mineral rich waters – consist of reds, yellows, oranges and greens like you’ve never seen before. To top it all off, every step of the way the possibility of seeing elk, bears, moose, and tons of other creatures keeps you on your toes, and your finger on the shutter button.

What you learn: As if the scenery weren’t enough, the quality of photographic education you receive while on the workshop will catapult your confidence and abilities to the next level. Doug teaches you methods for photographing wildlife successfully, creating images by using hyper-focal focusing, a variety of methods for landscape composition, as well as how to create HDR and panoramic images. You learn to use Adobe Lightroom to make your workflow seamless, and to take the quality of your work one step further, Doug demonstrates techniques for processing your images in black and white. At the end of this bucket-list experience, you emerge as a more knowledgeable and capable photographer. The skills you gain with Doug will stick with you for a long time and ensure you are able to create technically strong images of every adventure to follow.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

 

 

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Basic Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-missoula-montana-2/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-missoula-montana-2/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:09:41 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36371 Why? Say goodbye to blasé photos and get ready for a new world of photographic possibility. After a week of immersion in RMSP-style education, you’ll understand how your camera works—and how to make it work capturing the beauty and moments around you.

What? During this week of learning the basics, you explore the craft of photography with an instructor who makes the process fun. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively critique sessions, you listen as topics are thoroughly explained indoors—and then actively explore them through trial and error outdoors. Your instructor teaches you the building blocks of photography: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how they all work together to determine exposure. You learn how to interpret your camera’s histogram, adjust the white balance, and use various metering modes. An A–to–Z equipment lecture covers cameras, lenses, tripods, and more. Learn how to use depth of field to stunning creative effect, and how techniques for composition can make your images sing. Group critiques help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates.

Who? You’re a beginning photographer who wants to learn how to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life. ​If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you because you have some photography experience, here are a couple of blog posts produced by our instructors to review. These may help you decide if either Basic or Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

 

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Lightroom for Photographers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-missoula-montana/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:09:07 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36370 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

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Butte, America http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-butte-america/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-butte-america/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:55:55 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36164 Where We Go: It might be located within the great state of Montana, but ask anyone familiar with the place, and they will refer to it as Butte, America. Why? Because the character of this town, still referred to as the “richest hill on Earth”, weaves its way through every fiber of the American story. Culture, wealth, poverty, industry, entertainment, and politics all clashed here while powering America into and through the twentieth century.

Superlatives are endless when it comes to talking about Butte of yesteryear: The world’s leading producer of copper, second largest city west of the Mississippi, home to Montana’s first millionaire and most expensive road, the largest Irish population of any city in the country, and last but not least, the birthplace of daredevil Evel Knievel. While the copper-induced feeding frenzy might be gone from this town, its pride, character and mining-town aesthetics are firmly intact. Now, it’s your turn to find your photographic riches here while being guided by former resident, longtime explorer and creative documentarian of this city, Marcy James. You are granted access to interiors of locations such as the mansion of former Butte copper king William Clark, an old brothel, an abandoned office building or boarding house, as well as Butte’s most well preserved mine yard, the Anselmo Mine which was built in 1887 and is in almost the same condition it was in when it shut down in 1959. If you love exploring history and urban decay, then this workshop is for you!

What you learn: This workshop focuses less on the technical aspects of photography and more on expanding the spirit of how you see photographically. This is a workshop that explores storytelling, personal creativity, and celebrates the joy of seeing and photographing a new place with fresh eyes. Throughout the week you strive to capture the essence of place in your photographs, hone your editing and sequencing skills to develop a visual narrative of your choosing, and seek to break down barriers that have prevented (or still prevent!) you from achieving the outcome you envision. Projects will be of your own design, but some ideas to consider: Butte’s old ghost signs, the surrounding mining landscape, churches, shop owners and artists. Outside the box shooting and writing exercises will be combined with one-on-one mentoring with Marcy, group critiques, and photo opportunities geared toward getting your creative juices flowing at maximum capacity. For those of you who are our Career Training Alumni, this is a great opportunity for creating fresh work for your portfolios and exploring new directions for you personally and professionally.

 Considerations: This workshop is for intermediate to advanced photographers.

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Glacier National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-glacier-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-glacier-national-park/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:31:13 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36346 Where We Go: There are few roads in America, or in the entire world, that can compare to Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. It twists and turns while taking riders through tunnels creatively carved into the steep mountainside. Waterfalls of melted snow flow year round onto one side of the road, while incredibly steep drops on the other side deliver it to a river waiting below. Jammers – bright red buses that have been carrying visitors to the top of Logan Pass for decades, add pops of color to the landscape, matched only by the bright white fur of mountain goats that can get so close they seemingly could be photographed with a macro lens. In this breathtaking weeklong course landscape photographer and professional instructor Tim Cooper takes you straight to the park’s premier shooting spots so you can create images that will leave you as breathless as looking over the edge of the road! Whether photographing 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.

To learn more about the experience on this workshop, click the link below to read a blog post concerning our Glacier National Workshop in the local Missoulian newspaper in 2013.

 

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Photography of People http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-photography-of-people-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-photography-of-people-missoula-montana/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:33:03 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36368 Why? This workshop will teach you how to photograph people like a pro. Portrait photographer Tony Rizzuto and photojournalist Jeremy Lurgio take you to a variety of locations—potentially including the Western Montana Fair, a lunchtime festival at Missoula’s Caras Park, and a barrel-racing school in the tiny town of Arlee—to teach the techniques, etiquette, and art of capturing people on camera.

What? Throughout this week, classroom lectures and discussions, on-location field shoots, and group critiques put you on the fast track to mastering the art of photographing people. Two instructors, two styles, and two very different approaches to photographing people is what you get during this highly engaging workshop. Hearing two professionals explain how they would go about photographing the same subject is eye-opening. Rizzuto discusses using supplemental flashes, refining your composition to craft effective portraits and environmental shots, and maintaining a subject’s attention during a portrait session. Lurgio introduces methods for quickly earning a subject’s trust in the field and working nimbly with available light to tell a story through images. Heading outside, you put their words into practice by creating portraits that strive to capture the essence of your subject. Follow-up critique sessions evaluate your successes and offer tips for improvement before heading to the next location.

Who? You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

 

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North Cascades National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-north-cascades-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-north-cascades-national-park/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:13:46 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36322 Where We Go: Fresh air. Azure mountain lakes. Jagged mountain peaks. The smell of evergreens. If these aren’t reasons enough to escape to North Cascades National Park, throw in a week of in-person photography education, a boat ride, and an evening campfire. And don’t forget the accommodations that strike a balance between your favorite childhood camping experience and a five star hotel! Escape the beaten path with landscape photographer and former North Cascades Park Ranger Sarah Ehlen to focus on becoming a more skilled photographer. The first part of this week is based out of the incredible North Cascades Environmental Learning Center hidden among the lush, mossy environment found on the banks of Diablo Lake. Venturing from there, capture the mountain views from the Diablo Lake Overlook and Rainy Lake. Photograph the Early Winter Spires at sunrise and enjoy a morning boat tour on Diablo Lake. Partway through the week, your headquarters move to the stunning Sun Mountain Lodge near the town of Winthrop. This location offers an epic vantage from which to shoot the sunrise and sunset … not far from your morning coffee or evening glass of wine. Heading out from Winthrop, you photograph the colorful Methow Valley, and enjoy sunset shoots at Sun Mountain.

What you learn: The scenery here knows no end. Neither does the amount of photography education you will receive. During the midday hours when the light is typically harsh, Sarah provides lectures on a variety of topics including how to photograph waterfalls and cascades, creating landscape compositions that hold your viewers’ attention, understanding light and night sky photography. She offers a demonstration on processing your images using Adobe Lightroom® as well as several image critiques throughout the week. During field shoots she provides one-on-one assistance to reiterate topics covered in class.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Participants should be able to walk two miles while carrying their camera gear.

 

 

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Relics of the West http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-relics-of-the-west/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-relics-of-the-west/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:34:51 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36367 Where We Go: Crumbling log structures at Bannack and Garnet ghost towns where communities of hardworking people once built their lives. The former copper-mining metropolis of Butte – rich with history and full of stories from the past. Stay at the historic Finlen Hotel, known as one of the grandest hotels in the late 1800s. These are the remnants of Montana’s history that still define us today. This workshop is an opportunity to go back in time with Doug Johnson to photograph western Montana as it was over 100 years ago.

What You Learn: One thing many photographers need more than any lens or camera or software update is … time. Having the gift of uninterrupted time to see and think creatively can do wonders for your photography. This week is all about tilting the scales of time back into your favor so you can improve. Split between lessons taught in the classroom and on-location shoots, Doug teaches techniques to help improve your landscape photography, shows you how to shoot and process HDR images, introduces you to night photography as well as creative processing techniques. Whether photographing in downtown Missoula where this course is based, at an abandoned mine during your two-night stay in Butte, or at the Big Hole National Battlefield, Doug makes himself available in the field to provide assistance when you most need it. Following each outing, your group gets together for constructive critique sessions in which you listen and learn from each other and benefit from Doug’s vast amounts of experience.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

 

Student Images

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Intermediate Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-intermediate-photography-missoula-montana-2/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-intermediate-photography-missoula-montana-2/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:29:17 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36373 Why? Basic Photography taught you the building blocks of photography and gave you the confidence to use them correctly. Now it’s time to take your skills even further while exploring more of Western Montana’s beauty. Jagged mountain views from Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge, cascading waters of Kootenai Creek, and the historic western town of Philipsburg with its colorful candy store, provide endless scenery for you to explore with your camera.

What? This weeklong course encourages and teaches you to see more creatively. In a wide spectrum of shooting scenarios, Tony teaches you low-light and night photography, techniques and equipment for macro photography and advanced exposure techniques including the Zone System and how it can help you achieve the right exposure in any situation. As he challenges you to seek out creative compositions, you’ll learn the difference between simply taking a picture and actually designing a great image. His humorous, easygoing nature makes for a comfortable learning environment. Tony leads group critiques that further your growth by offering a window into the thought process and keen eye of a professional photographer. Seeing the images created by your classmates, and hearing their input on the strengths and weaknesses of your photographs also helps to embed the lessons learned throughout the week.

Who? You have an understanding of the basic principles of photography and are able to operate your DSLR on manual mode confidently, or have taken RMSP’s Basic Photography workshop. If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you because you feel less confident than you would like, here are a couple of blog posts produced by our instructors to review. These may help you decide if either Basic or Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

The 411 of Basic Photography in Texas 

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Colorado’s Mountains and Wildflowers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-colorados-mountains-and-wildflowers/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-colorados-mountains-and-wildflowers/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:00:18 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36149 Where We Go: Join Tim Cooper and Lynn Hoffman-Brouse for an exhilarating week of photography instruction on top of the world. At least it feels that way when you’re surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks among mountains known as America’s Alps. Your base for the week is the photogenic mountain town of Ouray, Colorado (elevation: 8,000 feet). From there, you venture into Yankee Boy Basin, Black Bear and California Passes, the Million Dollar Highway, and multiple backcountry excursions in specially designed 4×4 vehicles.

What You Learn: Regardless of whether you call Colorado home, or have visited the state many times before, you’ve never experienced it quite like this. Every location is awe-inspiring, steeped in history, and dripping with photographic potential. Not to mention, climbing to impressively high vantage points during the Jeep tour provides you with the opportunity to create images at a location very few photographers have even set foot on.

With their different photographic backgrounds, Cooper and Hoffman-Brouse offer a glimpse into their own unique perspective and creative process. Classroom lectures, held while the light outside is less-than-ideal, cover topics such as Zone System for color, macro techniques, creative flower photography, and landscape composition. Field shoots give you time to practice these new techniques, with Cooper and Hoffman-Brouse available to assist. After returning to base camp, (aka, the comfort of your hotel’s meeting space), you keep your education progressing during constructive critique sessions. Seeing your recently-captured images displayed large on a screen so that Tim and Lynn can dive into them to suggest improvements is an experience that can only result with you becoming a better photographer. Best of all, these critique sessions happen several times throughout the week.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

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Basic Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-missoula-montana/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:33:56 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36365 Why? Say goodbye to blasé photos and get ready for a new world of photographic possibility. After a week of immersion in RMSP-style education, you’ll understand how your camera works—and how to make it work capturing the beauty and moments around you.

What? During this week of learning the basics, you explore the craft of photography with an instructor who makes the process fun. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively critique sessions, you listen as topics are thoroughly explained indoors—and then actively explore them through trial and error outdoors. Your instructor teaches you the building blocks of photography: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how they all work together to determine exposure. You learn how to interpret your camera’s histogram, adjust the white balance, and use various metering modes. An A–to–Z equipment lecture covers cameras, lenses, tripods, and more. Learn how to use depth of field to stunning creative effect, and how techniques for composition can make your images sing. Group critiques help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates.

Who? You’re a beginning photographer who wants to learn how to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life. ​If you’re not sure if this is the right course for you because you have some photography experience, here are a couple of blog posts produced by our instructors to review. These may help you decide if either Basic or Intermediate Photography is the right choice for you:

Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?

 

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Flash Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-flash-photography-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-flash-photography-missoula-montana/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:50:51 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36364 Why? Aaaahhhh, the flash. Such an overlooked tool. It fits so nicely in the hot shoe on top of your DSLR, is capable of delivering incredible results and has even been known to turn an otherwise “blah” image into a “wow” image. Yet, it is often misunderstood, underutilized and can even be blamed for raising the blood pressure of more than a few photographers. This workshop, led by flash aficionado, Syl Arena puts an end to the stress when it comes to using your flash. From a rustic western homestead to urban scenes in downtown Missoula and a variety of indoor locations with mixed lighting, you learn to make your flash work for you, instead of the other way around.

What? Flash photography can be applied to many genres including landscape, wildlife and especially portraiture. From adding fill to the foreground of a landscape to giving dimension to a model on location, having a solid grasp on how to use your flash can make you a better, more capable photographer. During this week, you learn how the flash and camera work together in Manual and TTL modes to achieve perfect exposure, effectively balance ambient and artificial light, as well as shape, angle and color light by using diffusers, reflectors, scrims and gels. From there, you go one step further by learning to operate your flash unit off-camera with remote triggering devices, as well as how to use multiple strobes together in order to create more dynamic photographs both indoors and out. Regardless of the make or model of camera you use, this course will take the mystery out of flash photography.

Who? You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

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Macro Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-macro-photography-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-macro-photography-missoula-montana/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:37:26 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36362 Why? There’s big photographic potential to be found in the smallest of objects. Prepare to get closer than ever before during this week with instructor and macro shooter Tony Rizzuto. From a local floral nursery to the side streets of Missoula and Garnet Ghost Town, you go on the hunt for beauty with your macro lens in natural and man-made landscapes. In the studio, learn to control color and composition while enjoying the precision and command available with artificial lights and a controlled environment.

What? There’s no end to the potential subjects for macro photography. Rusty nails in a barn, colorful flowers in a vase, or fresh fruit at a farmers market are all works of art waiting for you to photograph them. Rizzuto brings his trademark blend of knowledge, humor, and ability to convey concepts to every level of photographer. Classroom lectures introduce you to creative macro composition techniques, methods for adding subtle light to a scene, and specific equipment for macro photography, including extension tubes, close up filters, and focusing rails. You then apply these skills and techniques during location-based field shoots. Rizzuto is available during shoots for refreshers or top-to-bottom assistance creating the photograph you see in your mind’s eye. Back in the classroom, constructive group critiques allow you to see the creations of your classmates and benefit from Tony’s well-trained eye.

Who? Intermediate level photographers comfortable with the manual exposure operation of their camera.

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