Evening Lecture Series

2015-16 Evening Lecture Series

Our Evening Lecture Series runs annually from November through April, with monthly lectures taking place from 7 – 9 pm in Studio B at RMSP (unless otherwise noted). To attend a lecture, enter through the set of double glass doors at 210 N. Higgins and follow the signs to Studio B. Click here for a map to RMSP. All lectures are free and open to the public.

NEW FOR 2015-16 Lecture Series: We will be collecting nonperishable food items at each lecture in order to donate to the Missoula Food Bank. Please consider bringing an item to donate with you to each lecture you attend.

If you need further information regarding this series or any individual lecture, please call RMSP at 406-543-0171.


Neil Chaput de Saintonge

Macro Photography

November 10, 2015
7:00-9:00 p.m.

There is an entire world to explore in the details of items found in everyday life. From the tip of a flower petal to the rust on a nail head, beauty can be photographed in amazing ways with the right mixture of knowledge and equipment. RMSP co-founder and co-owner Neil Chaput de Saintonge will take you deeper into your subjects with this lecture on macro photography. Neil will cover key components to macro photography including lighting, composition and equipment and how the three can work together to help you improve. By showing examples on the big screen, and demonstrating how he set up his camera to achieve the results, you get a guided tour behind the scenes of a macro shoot.

Pam Voth

Travel Photography: Creative Techniques & Tips

December 8, 2015
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Travel photography is about capturing the essence of the places you visit. What sensory details and feelings about your journey will bring back the sharpest memories of your experience when you return home? Wouldn’t it be great to capture those in images? In this lecture, we’ll explore creative techniques you can use with any camera, whether it is a DSLR or a point-and-shoot, that can help you capture your own vision of your destination.

We’ll talk about what gear to pack, and how to get it safely there and back. Pam has always prioritized camera gear as a travel essential when packing her bags for adventure. She will be able to share from personal experience what to bring and what to leave at home when you travel with your camera.

Pam is a commercial photographer with clients in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Her travel photography portfolio is online at www.pamvoth.net

Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Night Photography

January 12, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.

When the sun goes down, the camera comes out … or at least that’s how it should be! If you have ever let a lack of light deter you from creating images, this lecture with Forest will reignite your desire to grab your camera, tripod, a cup of coffee and stay up way past your bedtime! During this two hour lecture Forest will talk about how to create those cool nighttime shots you have seen in books, magazines, ads and all over Instagram! From photographing elements in the night sky such as the Milky Way, fireworks, the moon and lightning, to utilizing creative techniques such as capturing star trails, ghosting, and light painting, you will enjoy learning how to create incredible images … in the dark!

 Michael Galinsky

 The Intersection of Image and Filmmaking

  February 23, 2016
  7:00-9:00 p.m.
This lecture is in association with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, taking place in Missoula from February 19 – 28, 2016.

Michael Galinsky is a filmmaker, photographer, musician, and writer who has been making images since the early 80’s.   In his lecture he will discuss ideas related to image making, history, documentation, filmmaking, and culture.  He will walk us through his work starting with photo projects on the Ku Klux Klan, malls, underground culture, street photography, and family.  The discussion will also focus on the intersection between image making and filmmaking.  Michael’s photos of the underground rock world led to the making of “Half-Cocked,” a narrative feature that he made with Suki Hawely that stars musicians playing themselves.  Later the connection to this same music scene led to Hawley and Galinsky’s first documentary “Horns and Halos.”  In all of the work storytelling and documentation intersect.  In 2011 Galinsky put some of the mall photos he shot in 1989 online.  They went viral and a book was published by Miles Steidl.  This experience led to a great deal of reflection about how images change and grow over time. You can read more about some of his thoughts on photography at A Letter to Young Photographers.

Galinsky will be presenting new work at the Brink Gallery during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This show “The Meadow” is related to All The Rage.  He can be found on instagram as @rumurpix.  He has posted 14k images in the last four years, many of which will be projected in the front window of the Brink in February. Bring a chair and watch all four hours!  His film, music video, photography and writing can be found at rumur.com

Marcy James

Presenting Your Work

March 8, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.

So you’ve taken some photos that you love … now what? For those of you considering putting them on a wall, then this lecture is for you. Join Marcy James as she explores the ins and outs of framing photographs. She’ll talk about archival considerations, will address traditional and contemporary framing techniques, and will show you a few low cost ways to frame your images.

Jesse Boone

Photographing People, Naturally

April 12, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.

In this class you will discover the time-tested techniques Jesse and Nelli have used to take the awkward out of their photo sessions.  Over the course of the last decade, we have been perfecting our approach when photographing people.  The artistic photojournalism approach requires an understanding of 3 basic elements – Setting, Story and finally the Showing.  In this course you will learn communication techniques to bring a comfort level to all of your photo shoots that is conducive to making art.  You will learn how to draw the story out of your subjects and create more meaningful images.  Natural lighting practices for all conditions will be covered as well.