Rocky Mountain School of Photography » Workshops http://www.rmsp.com Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:49:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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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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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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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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.

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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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Lightroom for Photographers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-billings-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-billings-montana/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:14:15 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36492 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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Basic Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-fredericksburg-texas/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-basic-photography-fredericksburg-texas/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:02:19 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36079 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-fort-collins-colorado/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-fort-collins-colorado/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:17:40 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36359 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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Lightroom for Photographers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-atlanta-georgia/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2016-lightroom-for-photographers-atlanta-georgia/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:19:40 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=36130 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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Portraiture in the Studio http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-portraiture-in-the-studio-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-portraiture-in-the-studio-missoula-montana/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:05:27 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34239 Why? In the studio or on the street, rapport with your subject is the most important component of photographing a person. Former staff photojournalist with the New York Daily News, Mike Albans drives this point home while teaching you how to use lighting equipment, your camera and most importantly, your interest in other people to create a special moment.

What? In this class Mike concentrates on teaching you to photograph a mix of people under various types of lighting to create mood, character, and intimacy in your portrait photography. You will learn to notice and make use of both natural light and the tools of the studio to create an emotional and artistic connection with the people you photograph. Mike will teach you to look with a journalistic eye to tell the stories and character of your subjects with environmental portraits, street portraits, and studio portraits with both a learned technique and a developing sensitivity to using simple and beautiful light to create mood, texture, and expression.

Before stepping into the studio, you will talk about your goals as a people photographer, view and discuss examples of work created by photographers, both contemporary and throughout history, as well as discuss how to make the most of the gear you already have in your bag. Having spent the better part of his career seeing the world as a collection of light, shadow, shapes and color, having Mike critique your work several times throughout the week is a unique opportunity as he will open your eyes to a new way of seeing.

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

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Death Valley National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-death-valley-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-death-valley-national-park/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:36:26 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34197 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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