Rocky Mountain School of Photography » Workshops http://www.rmsp.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:23:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Portraiture in the Studio http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-2015-2/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-2015-2/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:05:27 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34239 READ MORE >]]> 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 READ MORE >]]> 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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Landscapes and Lightroom http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-landscapes-and-lightroom-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-landscapes-and-lightroom-missoula-montana/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:11:25 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34196 READ MORE >]]> Where We Go:  This workshop captures your complete photographic workflow in one amazing week. Exploring some of western Montana’s most beautiful locations including Lee Metcalf and Ninepipes Wildlife Refuges, Garnet Ghost Town, and downtown Missoula, you spend time behind the lens creating beautiful images and then learn to process them in Adobe® Lightroom® once back in front of your computer.

What You Learn:  There is nothing like having a professional photographer and educator who is accessible and focused on your progress, to kick your education into high gear.  Doug’s knowledge of the photographic process, from capture to working in the digital environment, helps you connect the dots and build your confidence with using your DSLR and Adobe Lightroom® to create and manage images.  During the week, Doug provides one-on-one assistance on location as you photograph your surroundings.  Returning to the classroom, he walks you through Lightroom’s Library module, and the process of importing and categorizing images in a way that makes them fun to view and work with. In the Develop module you learn to make global enhancements to your images including adjustments to the tonal range, exposure, saturation and color temperature.  You also learn to crop, sharpen, increase contrast, add a vignette and convert images to black and white.  Once finished, Doug shows you how to export images to conform to certain requirements suitable for print and web.

Considerations:  Previous Lightroom experience is not required, however a working knowledge of computers is necessary for you to get the most from this workshop. A laptop computer is required.

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Intermediate Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-intermediate-photography-3/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-intermediate-photography-3/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:59:18 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34195 READ MORE >]]> 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, or have taken RMSP’s Basic Photography.

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Basic Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-basic-photography-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-basic-photography-missoula-montana/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:45:36 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34207 READ MORE >]]> 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 to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life.

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Grand Teton National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-grand-teton-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-grand-teton-national-park/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:12:51 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34193 READ MORE >]]> 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. Witnessing these – some of planet Earth’s most picturesque landscapes –change like a chameleon beneath skies of dynamic light and weather is enough to leave anyone speechless. This workshop is an opportunity to experience what it’s like to view these scenes through your camera’s viewfinder while creating some of the best images of your life. As part of a small, fun group led by landscape photographer and professional instructor Doug Johnson you explore all the highlights Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park has to offer.

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.

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Lightroom for Photographers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-lightroom-for-photographers-missoula-montana/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-lightroom-for-photographers-missoula-montana/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:26:15 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34192 READ MORE >]]> 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.

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Glacier National Park http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-glacier-national-park/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-glacier-national-park/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:06:53 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34029 READ MORE >]]> 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

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Intro to Studio Lighting http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-2015/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-2015/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:40:43 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34191 READ MORE >]]> Why? Whatever your photographic aspirations, having knowledge of studio lighting techniques will make you a better, more versatile photographer. Instructor Jeff McLain, never more at home than when surrounded by softboxes, barndoors, battery packs, tripods, and cords, will help expand your skill set and bring you one step closer to being a master of light. This ‘hands-on’ week teaches you studio lighting for a range of photographic genres from portraiture to product to food.

What? McLain reviews advertising and editorial projects to train your eye to read shadows and think about the lighting setups used. He compares light from the sun, on-camera flash, and studio strobes while explaining their different qualities, such as temperature, size, and direction. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and supplemental handouts, Jeff helps you dissect lighting, breaking it down to simple terms and formulas. In the studio, you take the reins and begin to experiment with equipment and technique. From light meters to power packs to modifiers, you get a thorough education with all the tools found in a photographer’s studio.

Working in small groups, you alternate between serving as the photographer, assistant, and sometimes subject, while becoming familiar with Rembrandt, loop, butterfly, and hatchet lighting. You experiment with lighting ratios as you practice arranging lighting for basic portraits and still-life shoots. During frequent critique sessions, McLain brings his enthusiasm for making photographs and his animated sense-of-humor to encourage you to take the technical skills taught, and apply them creatively.

Who? You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera and expect to create photos in the studio. Previous experience with studio lighting is not necessary.

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Night Encounters at Devils Tower http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-national-parks-night/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-national-parks-night/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:08:59 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34198 READ MORE >]]> Where We Go: Picture yourself standing with your tripod at the base of Devils Tower in the northeast corner of Wyoming alongside accomplished night photographers Gabe Biderman and Matt Hill. On their command, you let out a hearty  ‘Carpe Noctem!’ as loud as you can. Moments like this – in a place like this – are not to be missed. Designated as America’s first national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and immortalized by a starring role in 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind simply being in the presence of Devils Tower will inspire you.

What You Learn: As far as opportunities to hone your night photography skills go, this workshop might possibly be one of the best. Strategically scheduled in accordance with a new moon and during the peak of the Perseids meteor shower, dark night skies with loads of celestial action provide you with the chance to create unbelievably cool night images. During daytime hours, you will gather with Matt and Gabe indoors as they introduce you to a variety of techniques for capturing ambient light in the dark, specialized night photography equipment and post-processing tricks. They will show you how to create star trails, capture the Milky Way, how to get around your camera’s long exposure limitations, and teach you effective methods for painting with light. After shooting late into the nighttime hours, critique sessions are held after you have had a chance to get some sleep and prepare to do it all again!

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

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Photography of People http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-photography-people/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-photography-people/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:40:12 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34190 READ MORE >]]> 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/2015-ghost-towns-west/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-ghost-towns-west/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:42 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34189 READ MORE >]]> 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 1800’s. 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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Intermediate Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-intermediate-photography-2/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-intermediate-photography-2/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:58:23 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34188 READ MORE >]]> 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, or have taken RMSP’s Basic Photography.

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Basic Photography http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-basic-photography-missoula-montana-2/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-basic-photography-missoula-montana-2/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:46:10 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34187 READ MORE >]]> 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 to use your camera in manual mode—and take the best pictures of your life.

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Colorado’s Mountains and Wildflowers http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-colorado-mountains-and-wildflowers/ http://www.rmsp.com/workshops/2015-colorado-mountains-and-wildflowers/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 22:51:18 +0000 http://www.rmsp.com/?post_type=rmsp_wksp&p=34028 READ MORE >]]> 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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