Photography of People


Photography of People

08/02/2014 - 08/08/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 05/04/2014
This workshop is past its starting date.
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Why? If you love photographing people, or don’t but want to improve, this workshop will teach you how to do it 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.

Student Testimonials

Angela Alexander Montana

After I had my first child I picked the camera back up and started re-learning my camera by reading about photography and practicing by photographing my children.


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Meeting Space

This workshop begins on Saturday, August 2, at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, August 8, at noon. Your class will meet at the following location:

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 N. Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802


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.

  1. Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
    200 S Pattee St.
    Missoula, MT 59802
    (406) 721-8550
    (888) HOLIDAY

    Additional Information

    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.

  2. Staybridge Suites
    120 Expressway
    Missoula, MT 59808
    (406) 830-3900
    (877) 238-8889

    Additional Information

    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 ( 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.

Air Transportation

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 728-4381

Car Rental

Most major car rental companies are available in Missoula and have counters at Missoula International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details:

Missoula’s locally-owned Dollar Rent A Car franchise offers a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students. To take advantage of this rate, contact them directly and mention that you are an RMSP student.

Dollar Rent-A-Car
1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 542-2311

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.


Missoula Chamber of Commerce
(406) 543-6623

Missoula Downtown Association
(406) 543-4238



Jeremy Lurgio is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Missoula, Montana, and an assistant professor of photojournalism and multimedia at The University of Montana School of Journalism. His photography is driven by a passion for documenting people and places. He has become a regular contributor to both Big Sky Journal and Montana Magazine and his work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal and High Country News. Jeremy’s work is also in both the America 24/7 and Montana 24/7 books published by DK Publishing. A native of New Hampshire, Jeremy received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and holds a master’s degree in journalism from The University of Montana. He began his study of documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He ran an internship program while serving as a photo editor at the Ravalli Republic. When not on assignment or in a classroom, Jeremy is hiking, biking, fishing or backcountry skiing out in the wilds of Montana.

View other courses taught by Jeremy Lurgio.

Tony Rizzuto has been a photographer for 14 years. Although his interests and photographic subjects are diverse, teaching is his primary passion. Tony is a 2001 Summer Intensive graduate and has spent the last nine years as the owner and head photographer at Sandbox Studios in Missoula, Montana, where he caters to both corporate and private clients. Prior to focusing exclusively on his portrait studio and teaching, Tony served as the Curriculum Director at Rocky Mountain School of Photography. His work has been featured on the cover of Rocky Mountain Child and in the pages of Three Rivers Lifestyle magazine and the Missoulian. He brings the same relaxed and humorous approach to both the classroom and the studio.

View other courses taught by Tony Rizzuto.

Photography of People Schedule & Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here.)


Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday 7-9 Opening
Introduction & Orientation
Sunday Lecture Lunch
Lecture (Bring your camera and flash to class)
Portrait Shoot
Monday Lecture Lunch
Field Shoot
Tuesday Field Shoot Lunch
Group Dinner
Wednesday Field Shoot Lunch Critique
Night Shoot
Thursday Field Shoot
Lunch Critique
Friday Critique
Wrap Up
Ends at 12:30


Equipment & Supply List

Note:  The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call our office at 800-394-7677 if you have questions.

Equipment Checklist

Digital SLR camera

RMSP welcomes other camera formats, but only digital images can be critiqued.

A variety of focal lengths is always helpful.  The most common focal lengths are:
Wide angle lens 17-35mm  (fixed or zoom)
Normal lens 35-70mm  (fixed or zoom)
Telephoto lens 70-200mm  (fixed or zoom)

Location/Field Equipment
Camera bag or backpack
Lens shades for all lenses
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Note taking materials

Flash (not required, but are highly recommended)
Dedicated flash

Clothing and Personal Items

We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
Light to medium jacket
Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
Travel alarm clock and/or a watch
Water bottle
Pocket sized flashlight
Snacks for between meals in the field.

Laptop Information

Digital SLR users must be able to:

  • Download and store your images on your laptop
  • View your images after downloading them
  • Select and transfer specific images for daily critiques using one of the following:
    • Empty Compact Flash/SD card
    • Jump Drive
    • Portable Hard Drive

All students must supply their own laptop computer with the following specifications:

  • RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs.
  • Free Hard Drive Space – We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer.
  • External Hard Drive – Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives dedicated to your photography.
  • Virus Protection – Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.
  • Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords – As needed



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?
  1. Register online
  2. 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 Insurance
RMSP 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.

Other Logistics

Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
On 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.
You 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 Time
RMSP 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 / Partners
On 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.
All 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 Policy

  Cancellation Policy for Workshops
  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
  Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. 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.