If you are interested in learning more about using your camera or editing and printing your pictures with a computer, take a look at the workshops and classes below. If none of these meets your needs or time-table, email me about personal instruction.
Currently on sabbatical from Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Take charge of your pictures by learning to set the camera controls yourself instead of relying on automatic. In this beginning class, you start with manual exposure, the first step to creative pictures. Discover how to read the camera’s light meter and adjust the shutter and aperture for a perfect exposure. Then explore ways to add variety to your pictures by blurring the background, stopping the action, and altering color. You also learn detailed information about cameras, lenses, tripods and other accessories as well as basic techniques to compose photos with impact. With your new-found skills, you’ll never go back to program mode again!
Learning photography is within your reach. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this 11-week Summer Intensive course. In SI, every photographer is welcome—from those who strive to make it their career to those who simply love the art form. People look to SI for a variety of reasons, each of which is as important as it is personal. Since 1989 individuals have trusted their future careers to the education that begins here. Today, SI remains the cornerstone of the Career Training program, giving students what they need to make progress as they work to achieve their goals in photography. For all the details, visit the RMSP Career Training website. Top
Lifelong Learning Center
310 S. Curtis Street
Missoula, Montana 59801 USA
Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
Discover the power of your digital SLR camera in this introductory course. Learn about different exposure modes and when to use them for better focus and exposure in your pictures. Understand the various autofocus settings available and when to use them or switch to manual focus. Find out about megapixels, histograms and JPEG versus raw file formats. You’ll walk away with the skills to make the most of your digital SLR camera. Prerequisite: None
Mastering Manual Exposure
(Formerly Mastering Your Digital Camera)
Take charge of your pictures by learning to set the exposure controls yourself. In this advanced class, you learn to master manual exposure using the camera’s built-in light meter and the shutter, aperture and ISO controls. Learning to use manual exposure gives you complete creative control over the appearance of your images under any lighting conditions. NOTE: You must have an interchangeable lens camera (digital or film) with manual controls for shutter, aperture and ISO to take this course. Prerequisite: Familiar with operating your camera in automatic modes.
Better Photo Composition
Improve your pictures using simple composition techniques for better photographs. Learn how getting closer to your subject, shooting from different angles, and including lines, shapes and patterns can enhance your pictures. Prerequisite: None.
NEW! Photos in a Series
Too often we take just one shot of a subject and move on. Or we think that if we create one good photo from an afternoon of shooting we are “done.” This approach often leaves a story or idea incomplete. Nearly every photographic situation has more than one right photographic answer. In this class you explore a variety of topics and share multiple images illustrating them instead of just one. Challenge yourself to explore more photo compositions of your chosen subject and see what you can create. Included is a demonstration of ways to combine related photos in one file using photo editing software.
NEW! Better Photos Using Live View
Live view is not just for recording video in your digital camera. In this class you learn how the live view feature can help with your still photos by improving manual focus, controlling depth of field, fine-tuning composition, and guaranteeing accurate focus and color. This technique is best suited to people familiar with manual exposure on interchangeable lens cameras. Bring your camera and a tripod to the class for a hands-on experience of Live View.
NEW! Understanding Lenses for Digital Cameras
One of the advantages of digital SLR cameras is all the different lenses available. In this one-day course, you learn about different types of lenses, their common uses and how to care for them. You become familiar with important lens characteristics and features to help you with buying a new lens. And you find out about useful lens accessories. This class will help you know what lenses you have and how to get the most from them. Please bring your camera, lenses and any accessories with you to class.
Tips for Shooting with Telephoto Lenses
Do you struggle to get good pictures with your long zoom lens? Are you looking for ideas on when to use a telephoto lens? Find out what a telephoto lens is, when to use a telephoto lens and how to get the best results from shooting with a long lens. Go on a field shoot where you can get help with your lens while you are photographing. Learn to make the most of your telephoto lens in this class. Prerequisite: Familiar with your interchangeable lens camera 6 hours
Do you struggle to get good pictures with your wide-angle zoom lens? Are you looking for ideas on when to use a wide-angle lens? Find out what a wide-angle lens is, when to use a wide-angle lens and how to get the best results from shooting with a short lens. Go on a field shoot where you can get help with your lens while you are photographing. Learn to make the most of your wide-angle lens in this class. Prerequisite: Familiar with your interchangeable lens camera 6 hours
Photographing in Montana’s Parks
Visit local Montana state parks to practice your photography skills. We will review lighting, composition, and camera controls in class and critique images taken at each location. Along the way we will work to develop our own stories about the state parks in Missoula County. Prerequisite: Familiar with your digital camera; basic photo editing skills helpful but not required 16 hours
Discover the world around you anew in this playful course. Each week you photograph a different topic, such as shadows, repetition or transparency. You also hear suggestions for making pictures of these topics both outdoors and inside. The next week you share your results and see what everyone else created. Come expand your ideas of what subjects make good photographs and have fun! Prerequisite: Familiar with your film, digital or cell phone camera 8 hours
Creative Camera Techniques
Expand your creative photography skills in this course! Review the basics of exposure and contrast. Then experiment with creative techniques such as selective focus and zooming a lens during long exposures. Explore taking pictures after dark and the effect color has on your image. You will leave this class with great pictures and renewed confidence in your photographic abilities. Prerequisite: Familiar with aperture, shutter speed and ISO controls on your camera. 12 hours.
Creating Better Landscape Photos
Western Montana’s natural beauty inspires many people to photograph the landscape. Find out how to make your scenic pictures as inspiring as the vistas you see. Learn how lighting, vantage points, and specific camera controls can improve your results. You’ll also discover composition techniques and camera accessories that will help turn your snapshots into photographs. Bring your camera and instruction manual to every class. Prerequisite: Comfortable operating your digital camera 8 hours
Photography in the Field
Have fun taking pictures outside with an experienced photographer to answer your questions! In the classroom you learn techniques for improving your outdoor photos. Then we visit two nearby locations to photograph your favorite subjects. Back in the classroom we share pictures and discuss the results. Bring your camera and manual to the first class. Prerequisite: Comfortable using your digital camera
Spend time perfecting your landscape photography techniques with lectures, field trips and critiques of your images. In the classroom, you will review lighting, composition, sharpness, exposure and filter use.Then you can apply what you know on sunrise and sunset field trips to beautiful natural areas within an hour’s drive of Missoula. Prerequisite: Better Landscape Photos or Instructor Consent. 10 hours
Better Winter Photography
Explore the photographic possibilities of winter in this field shooting class. Whether you love recording the pristine landscape blanketed with snow or enjoy photographing family ski or snowmobile outings, you can get better photos with just a few tips. You start in the classroom, learning how to prepare youself and your camera for the cold. Then move on to adjusting exposure and color for great pictures. We’ll take two trips to snowy locations near Missoula so you can practice what you’ve learned with the teacher by your side. Bring your camera and instruction manual to every class. Prerequisites: Comfortable operating your digital camera. 10 hours
Making Better Close-up Photos
If you are fascinated by the details of the world around you, there is no better way to share them than through close-up photography. Whether you are lured by flowers and insects, intrigued by patterns in metal and wood, or fascinated by stamps, coins and jewelry, this class introduces you to the camera settings and skills you need to enlarge the miniature world. You will learn techniques for creating sharp pictures that make use of effective lighting and composition to bring out all the details in your subject. Bring your camera and instruction book to every class. Class includes a field shoot. Prerequisite: None 8 hours
Better People Pictures
Many people enjoy making pictures of their families and children to share during the holidays and to commemorate special events. During this class you learn how a few simple techniques can improve your people pictures. We will talk about choosing appropriate backgrounds, creating flattering light, posing individuals and groups, capturing candids, and making environmental portraits. You learn special camera settings to help you get the most from your portraits. You’ll also learn how to make your own cards from your photographs. Bring your camera and instruction book to every class. Prerequisite: Comfortable operating your digital camera 6 hours
People Photos: Casual and Candid
Many people enjoy making pictures of their families and children to share during the holidays and to commemorate special events. During this extended class you learn how a few simple techniques can improve your people pictures. We will talk about choosing appropriate backgrounds, creating flattering light, posing individuals and groups, capturing candids, and making environmental portraits. You’ll also learn special camera settings to help you get the most from your portraits. Bring your camera and instruction book to every class. Prerequisite: Comfortable operating your digital camera 10 hours
Seeing Light for Photography
Light is the essence of photography. Recognizing the brightness, color, contrast and direction of light and how to record it effectively will expand your photographic possibilities. In the process, you discover how to make great pictures in a variety of lighting conditions. Prerequisite: Comfortable with operating your digital camera 10 hours
Using Color Creatively in Photography
Because we see the world in color and our cameras record that color, it is easy to take color for granted in our pictures. But it can have a powerful influence on the mood and feeling of an image. In this class we explore where color comes from, how color can act as a composition tool, and what camera controls we can use to affect how color is recorded. Learn to see and use color creatively, not accidentally, in your photos. Prerequisite: Comfortable operating your digital camera 10 hours
Black and White Photography
Learn to see the world in black and white and translate that vision to your pictures. Anticipate how different colors convert to shades of gray in the photograph. Look for interesting light to affect the feeling or mood of your pictures. Recognize distinctive shapes and interesting textures that create appealing black and white images. Finally, learn how using colored filters can change the appearance of different parts of your black and white photo. Your digital camera must be able to record black & white pictures. A tripod is recommended. Bring your camera and instruction book to every class. Class includes a field shoot. Note: Darkroom training is not included. Prerequisite: None. 10 hours
Cure the Blur: Making Sharp Hand-Held Pictures
Are too many of your photos ruined because they are blurry? In this class, you practice techniques for increasing the number of sharp images you can capture without having to carry a tripod. You learn the various reasons pictures appear out of focus and how to adjust your camera settings for clearer shots. You also learn how to check the focus on the computer to select the sharpest image. Prerequisite: 8 hours
Are you disappointed with the pictures you get when the built-in flash goes off automatically? In this class, you learn to control the built-in flash so that your photos look natural and bright. Practice using the flash outside on both sunny and cloudy days, and inside and at night along with the available light. Learn solutions for common flash problems like unwanted reflections and shadows. Experiment with creative flash blur and play with simple accessories that help improve your flash photos. Bring your camera, complete manual, and spare batteries to every class. People whose cameras have adjustable flash controls will get the most from this course. Prerequisite: Familiar with shutter priority and aperture priority exposure modes 10 hours
Photoshop Elements Workflow – Part 1
In this class we learn to follow a workflow when editing our photographs to maximize their quality. This means following the same steps in the same order for every picture. Using Photoshop Elements, we start with an overview of organizing photos and continue with common adjustments to exposure and color. We finish with learning to properly size and sharpen photos for both print and internet use. Prerequisites: Familiar with Photoshop Elements 12 hours
In this continuing Photoshop Elements class, we apply the basic workflow from Part 1, this time using adjustment layers to change exposure and color. We learn to make changes to parts of our photos easily using a digital paint brush. And we explore special effects, including combining images, adding text and applying creative borders. Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements Workflow Part 1 12 hours
Photoshop Elements Workflow – Part 3
In this continuing Photoshop Elements class, we learn to finesse the changes we make to parts of our photos using selections. First, we learn to change portions of our photos using selection tools and how to blend these changes with their surroundings. Then we learn to use selections with layer masks for maximum control of our changes. We also learn to combine images for better exposure detail and panoramic photos. We finish with a session on retouching portraits to make family and friends look their best. Prerequisite: Familiarity with layers in Photoshop Elements 11 or newer 12 hours
Advanced Black and White Photography
Take your black and white photography to the next level by learning how to convert color pictures into dramatic black and white images. Using Photoshop Elements, you adjust exposure and contrast, lighten and darken parts of the image to improve its visual impact, and apply special effects such as sepia toning and traditional borders. (These techniques also apply to Photoshop.) You may use one of our computers or work on your own laptop. Prerequisites: Familiar with Photoshop Elements (version 8 or newer) 12 hours
Shoot and Process Digital Camera Raw Files
If you’ve been curious about what a “camera raw” file is, come explore the creative possibilities of this flexible digital photo format. You learn how raw files differ from JPEG pictures and special shooting techniques for raw files. Then you use Adobe Camera Raw, a conversion program included with Photoshop Elements, to develop your photos for the best possible quality. Prerequisites: Familiar with shutter priority and aperture priority exposure modes recommended. 12 hours
Advanced Camera Raw Processing
In this continuing course, we explore advanced tools for processing digital camera raw files using Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw program. Learn to apply the powerful Tone Curve and fine-tune colors, create black & white photos with or without tinting, and remove dust spots and lens vignetting. People working with Photoshop (not Elements) will gain the most from this class. Text required. Prerequisite: Shoot & Process Digital Camera Raw Files or Instructor Consent. 12 hours
If none of the above classes meets your needs or interest, consider scheduling a private session. Topics can include using a film or digital camera (compact or SLR), setting up your digital darkroom equipment, editing photos, and printing them with inkjet printers. Please email me for available dates and times. Top
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