Outdoor Photography II


Outdoor Photography II

Dates: 08/31/2015 - 09/04/2015
Deposit of $300 due upon application approval.
This professional studies course is past its starting date.

Held near Glacier National Park, three hours north of RMSP’s campus, this course focuses on producing well-thought-out images and streamlining the process of getting them in front of image buyers, and thus into the commercial and editorial photography marketplace. Under the tutelage of professional photographer Michael DeYoung, you begin to build a portfolio, which will work to separate you from the crowd of nature and wildlife shooters by learning to see and photograph conceptually.

Comprised of classroom lectures, on-location shoots including time at Triple D Game Farm, and constructive critique sessions, Michael mentors you and helps you develop an action plan to begin working on after the week is over. Classroom topics will focus on how to build, manage and distribute a stock image library, find compatible agencies to work with and how to license images directly to clients. You will discuss ways to break into commercial markets and learn best practices for negotiating licensing terms, making submissions, creating delivery memos, invoicing clients and maintaining relationships with editors. Gear discussions focus on which piece of equipment is right for the job, and go beyond simply having a big lens.

Photographing inside of Glacier National Park helps maximize your time as you pick up tips for photographing habituated park wildlife, pinpointing shooting locations, and learning the ropes of working with park rangers. While at Triple D, you are afforded the opportunity to hone your technique photographing animals which may include grizzly bears, mountain lions, snow leopards, badgers and wolves. This experience helps you realize the value, and sales potential of working in a controlled environment. Michael critiques your work through the eyes of a photo buyer and leaves you with ideas to consider before the next outing.


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Meeting Space

This class will begin at the Dancing Bears Inn in East Glacier on Monday at 9 a.m. and ends at the Holiday Inn Express in Kalispell on Friday at 5 p.m.


While on the east side of the park, please make your reservations at Dancing Bears Inn for the nights of September 5-6, departing September 7. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography to get the room block rate.

Dancing Bears Inn
40 Montana Avenue
East Glacier Park, MT 59434
(406) 226-4402

Rates: $60 per night + tax (single occupancy) or $70 per night + tax (double occupancy). These prices are subject to change.  Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff date: Make your reservations by July 1, 2016. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Glacier hotels regularly fill up far in advance of the summer season.


While on the west side of the park make your reservations at the Holiday Inn Express for the nights of September 7-9, departing September 10. You can make your reservation by calling the phone number below. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Holiday Inn Express
275 Treeline Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 755-7405

Rates: $105 per night + tax (king or two queens) or $115 per night + tax (suite). Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff date: Please make your reservation by August 8, 2016. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.




Free parking is available at both hotels.


Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest international airport for this class is Glacier Park International Airport, located approximately 78 miles from the Dancing Bears Inn and 8 miles from the Holiday Inn Express. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.

Glacier Park International Airport
4170 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available at Glacier Park National Airport. Contact information and links can be found on the airport website.

Travel During Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.


Tuition includes shooting fees at Triple D Game Farm. Any additional fees, including entrance into the park, will be your responsibility. Glacier National Park requires an entrance fee of $25 per vehicle for a seven day pass.




Glacier National Park



Michael DeYoung, a former Air Force meteorologist, has been a working professional photographer since 1992. He has broad and diverse photographic interests and successes, but he is best known as an Alaskan landscape, wildlife and adventure sports photographer. A prolific stock shooter, Michael often puts together his own stock productions that involve assembling and working with a team of assistants, other creatives and with people and/or animal talent. His images are represented by four agencies worldwide and he is one of the largest contributors to Alaska Stock, a prominent Anchorage stock photo agency. Michael’s images are widely published across a broad spectrum of magazines, calendars, cards, catalogs, brochures and advertisements. In addition to corporate clients in the outdoor gear, apparel and adventure sports industries, he’s worked for the State of Alaska Vacation Planner and other tourism industry clients. And Michael is the sole photographer for two award-winning books on fly-fishing. He spent eight years as a photojournalist for the Alaska Air National Guard, retiring in 2001. A sought-after teacher and speaker, he has given lectures and taught workshops for NANPA and for local photography organizations in Alaska.

Michael and Lauri—his wife, business partner and assistant—along with their Lab-Great Dane mix dog, Kyia, divide their time between Alaska and northern New Mexico. The DeYoungs often weave photography with their other interests that include backpacking, whitewater paddling, skiing and snowshoeing, wilderness travel, birding and wildlife viewing.

View other courses taught by Michael DeYoung.


Who should attend Professional Studies courses?
These courses are designed for skilled photographers who want a concentrated education in a particular field of photography, and an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professional photographers in that area of interest.
What are the entrance requirements for Professional Studies?
Professional Studies courses are taught on an advanced level and will not cover basic photographic techniques. For this reason, you must be able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode. You must be competent in the areas of digital capture, image processing and management, and working with artificial lighting. SI graduates are accepted into any Professional Studies course upon submission of an application.
Should I take more than one Professional Studies course?
Any Professional Studies course can stand alone, but most students take multiple Pro Studies courses. We’ve structured the courses to allow students to design his or her own individual curriculum from a variety of offerings. Four weeks of Professional Studies courses give students flexibility in setting up a personalized line-up. Please keep in mind that enrollment in all classes is strictly limited. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically fill early.
Do I need to be a Summer Intensive graduate to attend Professional Studies?
Most Professional Studies students have graduated from Summer Intensive, while others have photographic training and experience that allows them to meet our entrance requirements. For applicants wanting to take Pro Studies courses without having completed SI, it is necessary to go through an additional application process. This process begins by an interested student applying for classes on our website.  Please contact our office for more information.
How does Professional Studies differ from your workshops?
Professional Studies courses are a totally different animal than our workshops. The course content, student population, and expectations differ tremendously from one to the other. The Professional Studies classes are designed for the professional level photography student who wants to make at least a part time income photographing. The content is directed toward giving the student as much information as possible in a short amount of time about how to operate professionally in a particular field. Students are on a more advanced level and they come with the expectation of strengthening their professional style and techniques. Critiques are more directed and focused on marketability.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?
We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until a course is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to the enrollment limit. Although classes typically fill very quickly, we will accept enrollment up to the start of class if space is available.
How many students are in the Professional Studies courses?
In order to provide an excellent educational experience, we limit our enrollment to 16 students in each class.    

Cancellation Policy

All courses have a limited number of seats available.  Enrollment, along with payment of appropriate deposit(s), reserves a seat in a course.  Demand for course placement is high, due to limited enrollment. Withdrawal from a Career Training course is a serious matter. When a student accepts a position in a course, other students are denied that position. If a student withdraws after a course begins, another person cannot take his or her place.   Payment of the deposit(s) for Pro Studies courses is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition balances are due 60 days before the course start date. Applications occurring after this date require full payment at the time of enrollment. If payment has not been paid by the deadline, the student will be dropped from that course for non-payment and the first student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. A student who has been dropped due to non-payment may apply again for the course if there is an available seat or he/she may ask to be placed on the waitlist. A student on a waitlist will be contacted via email or phone when an available seat opens up. The student will have until the close of the next business day to inform the RMSP office if he/she would like to take the spot. If the student does not respond in that timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
  1. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant that cancels the Enrollment Agreement within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) after the Enrollment Agreement is accepted by the applicant.
  2. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant who is not accepted by the school.
  3. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant in the event that educational services are discontinued by RMSP.
  4. For cancellations received in our office at least 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  5. For cancellations received in our office 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less the $300 tuition deposit.
  6. For cancellations received in our office within 30 days prior to the start of the course, no tuition refund is due to the student.
Note: RMSP reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.