06/14/2014 - 06/20/2014
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 this 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 diffusors, 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.
This workshop begins Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, June 20 at noon. Your class will meet at the following location:
Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. There are many other hotels in Missoula to choose from; however, the two hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.
- Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown200 S Pattee St.Missoula, MT 59802(406) 721-8550(888) HOLIDAY
The Holiday Inn at the Park is a full-service hotel located just 2 blocks from RMSP and has extended a special discounted rate to RMSP students. To receive the discounted rate, contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
- Staybridge Suites120 ExpresswayMissoula, MT 59808(406) 830-3900(877) 238-8889
The Staybridge Suites Missoula is located approximately 5 miles from RMSP. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Reservations made online will not receive the special rate so please call the phone number above and let them know you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There is a convenient parking garage, Central Park, located less than one block west of the school at 128 West Main Street (www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parking). Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.
Free parking is available at Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park for participants staying at the hotel.
Most major car rental companies are available in Missoula and have counters at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details: www.flymissoula.com/Ground_Transportation.
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. Your final email will include a car share list of interested participants.
You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.
“To create interesting light, you have to create interesting shadows.”
— Syl Arena
Back when the Apollo program was headline news, Syl Arena, then a precocious eight-year old, “borrowed” his father’s new-fangled Polaroid camera, climbed up into an orange tree and made his first solo photograph – a snapshot of a baby dove. Later that year, his great-aunt gave him a Brownie 626 camera to feed his fascination. Syl’s affliction for making photographs has remained steadfast for over 40 years.
In college, Syl studied at Brooks Institute of Photography and then earned a BFA in photography at the University of Arizona. As a student, his favorite cameras spanned the gamut from 4×5 to a homemade, 20×24 pinhole. Syl mastered the zone system of black and white printing. Then, during his retro-phase, worked in a number of 19th-century media, such as cyanotypes and carbon prints.
Today, Syl travels widely to teach photography. He is the author of two best-selling books on lighting: Speedliter’s Handbook and Lighting for Digital Photography. You can see his photography at SylArena.com and read his blog at PixSylated.com.
What is the 2017 workshops schedule?Please see our Event Calendar.
Which workshop is right for me?
Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Lightroom for Photographers, Photography of People, Macro Photography and Flash Photography will help to round out your technical know-how.
Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings under the "Considerations" or "Who?" section for this information. It will help you make a good decision about what workshop is a good fit for you.
If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.
What is the cutoff date for registration?We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.
How do I register?
- Register online
- Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.
What is included in the tuition?The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?
Please read our cancellation policy.
Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.
RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program 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.
Travel InsuranceRMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
HotelsBlocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
TravelOn most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
MealsYou will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free TimeRMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / PartnersOn most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.
What should I bring?You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
ComputersAll participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop. Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!
Cancellation PolicyCancellation Policy for Workshops
- For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
- For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
- For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
- For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
- For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.