Weekend Intensives


One Weekend Intensive.  That’s all it takes to tip the scales and put you in control of your photography!

Having run the industry’s best weekend photography program for over 20 years, we are shaking things up in 2016 in order to deliver even more of what you have told us you want: No-nonsense photography education! Inspired by the success of the photographers graduating our Summer and Advanced Intensive courses, we have applied the same intensive approach to the education offered at our Weekend events. More than just renaming the program, we have retooled the curriculum to allow for more hands-on time in which you actively engage with your instructors and your camera.

Want to spin the dial on your DSLR from Program to Manual Mode? We can make that happen. Curious to know how to blur the backgrounds in your portraits, exactly how professionals use composition to their advantage, or how color temperature affects your final images? Any one of our 2016 Weekend Intensives will teach you these – and many more – techniques to ensure that when the weekend is over, you will be able to return home a better, more skilled photographer.

Each event now also includes pre-weekend videos to get you started, live demos on camera exposure and how light affects your subject, support materials you can walk away with, and post-weekend assignments to make sure you thoroughly understand the concepts taught. Alternating between smaller and larger group lectures, our new schedule invites you to progress throughout the weekend based on your own skill level, and along the track which appeals to you most.

By joining us in any one of the 12 U.S. cities we are visiting in 2016, we know that you will be wildly inspired and improve as a photographer. The only question is what will you do with your newfound skills?

Atlanta, Georgia
01/24/2015 - 01/25/2015
Tuition: $159
Salt Lake City, Utah
02/07/2015 - 02/08/2015
Tuition: $159
Seattle, Washington
02/21/2015 - 02/22/2015
Tuition: $159
Eugene, Oregon
02/28/2015 - 03/01/2015
Tuition: $159
Fort Collins, Colorado
03/07/2015 - 03/08/2015
Tuition: $159
Missoula, Montana
03/14/2015 - 03/15/2015
Tuition: $159
Des Moines, Iowa
03/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
Tuition: $159
Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
04/11/2015 - 04/12/2015
Tuition: $159
Baltimore, Maryland
04/18/2015 - 04/19/2015
Tuition: $159
Billings, Montana
04/25/2015 - 04/26/2015
Tuition: $159
Idaho Falls, Idaho
05/02/2015 - 05/03/2015
Tuition: $159
Birmingham, Alabama
05/09/2015 - 05/10/2015
Tuition: $159



Choose one class per session
8:00-8:30 a.m.Check-in
8:30-9:00 a.m.Welcome and Orientation
9:00-11:00 a.m.Session I: (choose one)

  • Photo Basics I
  • Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®
11:00-11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.Session II: (choose one)

  • Photo Basics II
  • Understanding Exposure: Using the Zone System for Color
1:15-2:30 p.m.Lunch Break (on your own)
2:30-4:30 p.m.Session III: (choose one)

  • Introduction to Macro Photography
  • Understanding Light


Choose one class per session
8:00-8:30 a.m.Check-in for Sunday-Only Students
8:30-8:45 a.m.Quick Overview of the day (for Sunday-only students) and Career Training/Workshop Presentation (Info Session)
8:45-9:00 a.m.Break
9:00-11:00 a.m.Session IV: (choose one)

  • Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images
  • Composition: Designing a Great Photo
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.Session V: (choose one)

  • Landscape Photography
  • Photographing People
1:15-2:30 p.m.Lunch Break (on your own)
2:30-4:30 p.m.Session VI – Critique
4:30-4:45 p.m.Closing Session


Session I

Photo Basics I

Light and time are the basic essentials of photography. Regardless of whether you choose to use a digital or film camera, this will never change. This beginner class is an introduction to the use of the digital SLR or 35mm film camera. Topics include understanding shutter speeds, f-stops, focal length and ISO. Basic equipment needs such as tripods, cable releases and lens shades will also be discussed. If you are serious about moving the dial from program mode to manual mode, this is the class for you.

Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®

Adobe Lightroom allows photographers unprecedented, non-destructive control over both RAW and JPEG images. This class leads you through the important initial steps of image correction and enhancement. Topics include creating a step-by-step workflow beginning with the initial import, correcting color balance and exposure, converting your images to black and white, and editing your images through the use of curves and the hue/saturation, and luminance sliders. Learning to make both global and local enhancements to your images without leaving Lightroom allows you to further streamline your image processing. Learning basic retouching techniques allows you to fix blemishes in portraits or remove spots in your landscapes while applying the look of hand-coloring and adding vignettes allows your creativity to flourish.

Session II

Photo Basics II

This class moves beyond Photo Basics I to help you understand important aspects of digital capture. Understanding the difference between how your eye sees light and how the camera captures light helps you to portray your subject in a way that mirrors your intentions. Topics include exposure and metering modes, focus options, reading a histogram, outsmarting your meter and the benefits of bracketing. Learning more about your camera ensures more consistent success as a photographer.

Understanding Exposure: Using the Zone System for Color

Introduced by Ansel Adams for use in black and white photography, the theory of the Zone System is used today as an advanced method for metering in color. This method helps you achieve accurate and consistent exposures in difficult lighting conditions. By understanding the skill of pre-visualization, you can create stronger compositions with accurate exposure whether you are a documentary, portrait, still life or landscape photographer. Principles learned in this class apply to digital and film photography.

Session III

Introduction to Macro Photography

Getting closer to your subject is a good rule of thumb to follow in photography. In macro photography, it is both essential and rewarding. This beginning class introduces you to the extraordinary world of macro. You learn about the options for close-up equipment, how to work with and manipulate light for small subjects, focusing and the design principles for composing macro images that pop!

Understanding Light

As a photographer, understanding qualities of light is essential to creating photographs with impact. You learn how your camera interprets the color, intensity and contrast of light, and most importantly, how this differs from how the human eye sees light. Topics include both indoor and outdoor lighting, the basics of on-camera fill flash, camera filters, color temperature and how to choose the right type of lighting for your subject.


Session IV

Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images

Add a couple more notches to your creative belt with this technique-driven class designed for photographers who like to experiment. Learn about high dynamic range (HDR) imagery, metering and photographing a scene for HDR and panoramic, and how to use Lightroom® and Photomatix® software to create these eye-catching images. Gain insight into the equipment and shooting techniques that make creating panoramics easy and fun. Learn flawless techniques for stitching several images together in Photoshop® to create sweeping panoramics.

Composition: Designing a Great Photo

In photography, it is true that you only get one chance to make a first impression. The way a photographer uses lines, shapes, colors, point of view and equipment when composing a photograph determines how people react. This class covers the basics of visual design, including the rule of thirds, symmetry, using lines to create perspective, the effect of cropping and more.

Session V

Landscape Photography

Have you ever taken photos of a beautiful sunset or stunning outdoor scene only to be disappointed once you look at them on your computer? Well, you’re not alone! During this session you will learn what distinguishes a good landscape photo from an ordinary one and how your composition considerations and your use of natural light make the difference. Instruction also covers key camera settings that can improve the overall quality of your images and tools of the trade including camera bodies, lenses and tripods.

Photographing People

Documenting personal moments is one of the joys of being a photographer. However, learning how to interpret moments with a camera, and effectively convey moods and emotions, can be quite a challenge. In this class you learn how to connect with your subject, how to use light to define a face, how to choose the right equipment, composition and the importance of location and backgrounds. The difference between portrait and documentary photography is also discussed. This class is for the photographer looking to make eye-catching portraits in a digital world, saturated with every-day snapshots.

Session VI

Critique Session

Sunday’s critique session is intended to be an educational experience that benefits the entire group as you hear feedback on a diverse selection of images. Our instructors will offer constructive tips and suggestions that best illustrate concepts that have been introduced over the course of the weekend. Rather than submitting your best, award-winning shot, you might consider submitting an image that didn’t turn out quite the way you had hoped. We will get through as many images as time allows, however, it is not always possible to get through all of the images that are submitted.

All critiques are anonymous. If you choose to participate in the critique session, you may submit one image. Your image should be a digital copy in large JPEG format, ideally five to ten megabytes. We will not be able to accept prints or slides. You will be asked to submit your image at the registration table on Saturday afternoon. If you submit a CD or other storage device, please label it with your name and be sure to pick it up before you leave.


Do I need to bring a camera? What should I bring?
If you plan to take Photo Basics I or Photo Basics II, it may be helpful to have your camera to refer to during these classes. You do not need your camera for any of the other classes. Please bring your own note-taking materials as most people take lots of notes during the Weekend.
Will there be time for shooting?
No. Shooting is not part of the Photo Weekend. All Photo Weekends are lecture style.
Do I have to register ahead of time for the classes I want to take?
You do not need to decide which classes you want to attend until you are at the event. You can decide as you go, however, we suggest you take a look at the Course Descriptions before the Weekend so you can consider the topics that will be covered in each class.
How many people attend Photo Weekends?
Attendance ranges from 100 to 200 people per Weekend. This group is split in two groups for the majority of the weekend.
How early should I register to ensure a seat at a Photo Weekend?
Registrations often come in spurts, so even though there may be plenty of spots left for an event today, there may not be space tomorrow. Seating is limited to 200 at most events. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure a seat at the Weekend of your choice. In the past, some events have sold out as early as five weeks before the event.
What happens when an event sells out?
After an event sells out we stop processing registrations and start a waiting list for that Photo Weekend. There are always cancellations so we suggest that you put your name on the waiting list even if an event has sold out before you have registered.
How can I add my name to the waiting list?
To add your name to the waiting list, call or email our office and provide us with your name, phone number(s) and the event you would like to attend. You may call (800) 394-7677, or email weekends@rmsp.com. You will be notified by phone if a spot opens up.
What are my chances of getting registered for a Photo Weekend if I’m on a waiting list?
Your chances depend on where you are on the list and how many cancellations we have for that particular Photo Weekend. The number of cancellations we receive for each Weekend varies. We will continue to contact people on the waiting list up until 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) the Friday before the event.
When is the deadline to sign up?
There is no deadline to sign up, however, seating is limited to 200 people at most events and all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage participants to sign up early in order to guarantee a seat.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per participant) if you notify RMSP at least five days before the event. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the Photo Weekend, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the Weekend is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
Do I have to pay for the Photo Weekend now?
Yes, tuition is due at the time of registration. If registering by phone, you can pay with a credit card. If we receive your registration after an event has sold out we will notify you and place your name on the waiting list.
If I am part of a group, do I save on registration?
If you are part of a group of five or more people attending a Photo Weekend you can save $20 on the tuition for two-day registration and $10 for one-day registration.
What do I do to set up my group and get a group code?
Let the person you speak with know that you would like to set up a group and receive a group code for Photo Weekend registration. You will be asked for your group or camera club name and we will give you a code to distribute to your group members. Once the members of your group have the code, they may call in or register online using the code to receive the group savings. You may also fax or email the list of names and contact information of those in your group. Remember to submit name, address, telephone number, email address and payment information for each person being registered.
How do I know what our group code is?
If you don’t know your group’s code, or don’t know if one has been assigned to your group, call our office and we can give you a code. If your group had a code that was assigned in previous years, it will no longer be valid. New group codes are assigned each year.
If I have a group code can I register after a Photo Weekend event has sold out?
No. Obtaining a group code does not ensure your seat at an event until you have registered for the Weekend. We suggest you register early.
I received a gift certificate from my camera club for the Photo Weekend event. What do I need to do?
Please call our office to register, free of charge, for the Photo Weekend you wish to attend. Have the gift certificate handy when you call because you will be asked to provide the certificate code located in the upper right corner of the certificate. Please keep in mind that even though you have a gift card, you must still register for the Weekend you wish to attend before it is sold out to guarantee your seat.
I received a $50 coupon after attending a Photo Weekend last year. Can I use it on a Weekend event this year?
Any coupon or gift card you received at a previous Photo Weekend is good toward any RMSP Workshop or Career Training course. The savings cannot be applied toward another Weekend.
I have taken RMSP Workshops and Photo Weekends in the past and am now a “Friend” of RMSP (which means I save $50 when registering for Workshops). Can I use this discount toward my Weekend tuition?
No. The “Friends” savings may only be applied to RMSP Workshops.
Will I receive confirmation after I register?
If we have an email address on file for you, you will receive an immediate message confirming your registration. The email will include a link to access event information specific to the Photo Weekend you’ve registered for, including a weekend schedule and venue information. If we do not have an email address for you, you will not receive a confirmation message but you may call our office at (800) 394- 7677 to confirm your registration.
Will I receive any information ahead of time?
Two weeks prior to each event RMSP emails a reminder to registered students. This email will include a link to information such as directions to the venue, parking information and a schedule. If you did not provide an email address when registering, please call the office and provide an email address that we can email the information to. The event information is also available on the Details page for the Photo Weekend you are attending.
I will not be able to stay for the whole Weekend. Can I just pay for the sessions I am able to attend?
No. The cost for the event is the same regardless of how much of it you are able to attend.
Can I bring an audio recorder for the lectures?
Yes, you may bring an audio recording device to record lectures. Visual recording of the lectures is not allowed. Please ask individual instructors for permission before photographing their presentation slides. Presentations are the intellectual property of each instructor.
Is lunch included?
Lunch is on your own. We try to suggest convenient lunch options at or near the hotel. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Do you have special rates at the hotel?
Yes. At each event, we have blocked a limited number of rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at a special group rate. On our website see the Details tab on the event you are attending for rates and reservation information. There is usually a cutoff date of approximately 30 days so we encourage you to make your reservation early.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per participant) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the event. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the program, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the program is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.