Photographing the Presidential Inauguration
February 3, 2017  Author:   (0)

This is a guest post written by 2011 RMSP Career Training graduate Michelle Gustafson about her experience covering the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. for the Wall Street Journal. To check out more of Michelle’s work, visit her website at michellegustafsonphoto.com and follow her on Instagram here. Since graduating, Michelle has been steadily gaining experience as a […]

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10 Places to Photograph in Pasadena
February 1, 2017  Author:   (0)

So, check THIS out: “A severe Indiana winter during 1872-73 prompted a group of friends from Indianapolis to form an investment group with the purpose of moving to the warmer climate of Southern California. Sent to scout the area, D. M. Berry recommended purchasing a portion of the Rancho San Pasqual, which later became Pasadena.” […]

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The Wolves of West Yellowstone
January 30, 2017  Author:   (2)

This is a guest post written and photographed by 2015 RMSP Alum Rob Gappert. Check out Rob’s site here and see what he is up to by following him on Instagram.       I’ve seen wild wolves in places like Alaska, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone.  Unfortunately, getting a good photograph, or what I […]

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Shooting Birds and Bugs … Texas Style
January 13, 2017  Author:   (0)

I spent the week following Christmas shooting wildlife at and around South Padre Island (SPI) at the southern tip of Texas. The draw for me was the anticipated warmth (70-85 degrees), the SPI Birding and Nature Center on the island and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge about 45 minutes away on the mainland. Last year […]

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10 Places to Photograph in Seattle
January 11, 2017  Author:   (0)

Our fifth Weekend Intensive coming up in 2017 happens to be taking place in a little town that we here in Missoula refer to as West Missoula. Sure it’s about 500 miles to the west, but that still counts, right? Of course we’re talking about Seattle! And no, I am not going to make any references […]

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The Beauty of Alpenglow
December 13, 2016  Author:   (0)

As landscape photographers we certainly relish in the time of day known as the magic hour. This is a time in which the transitions from twilight into sunrise or sunset provide us such beautiful drama to our scenes. During this daily ritual, the characteristics of light change drastically between two distinct phases. This dramatic transformation […]

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Help Portrait is Happening at RMSP Again
November 23, 2016  Author:   (0)

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting and taking part in the international movement called Help Portrait again this year. Founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, HELP-PORTRAIT is an international, non-profit movement of photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists, and volunteers who use their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those who may not […]

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Life Amongst the Leaves
November 21, 2016  Author:   (0)

Fall clouds and record rainfall don’t usually bode well for bug photography, but this year was an exception. Amidst the turning leaves and decaying vines there was life still eking out its survival. I took some chances between (and sometimes in) the rain showers and was rewarded with a few of my best opportunities of […]

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4 Tips For Photographing Families with Young Kids
November 15, 2016  Author:   (0)

Everyone who has ever tried to get that “perfect family photo” for their holiday card can tell you first hand just how challenging it can be to photograph kids. So how can you get that photo that seems to perfectly capture the personality of your family? That freezes the essence of who they are? And […]

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The Best Photo is the Next Photo
September 19, 2016  Author:   (0)

Ever produced a perfect image? Not me. By that measure I’ve failed miserably. But I’ve had a great time pursuing one knowing full well that I will never get there, that there is always something to reach for, something else to learn no matter how gratifying an image is at the time. A couple of […]

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Wonderful Machine: Print Portfolios
September 8, 2016  Author:   (0)

To bring a new voice, a valuable perspective, and great advice for all photographers to our blog, we have teamed up with the fine folks at Wonderful Machine.  On occasion a blogger from the WM team will be contributing to this expert advice column. In this latest installment, Stacy Swiderski writes about print portfolios.     I’ve been in this […]

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When One Door Closes, Another Opens
August 1, 2016  Author:  

When One Door Closes, Another Opens (or substitute your own cliché here) Have you ever planned a shoot only to have things go wrong or fall apart? It happened to me – twice – on what has become my own annual two-day dragonfly fest near Las Vegas. Funny thing, though, the turn of events stretched […]

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Expert Advice: Email Service Providers
July 26, 2016  Author:  

To bring a new voice, a valuable perspective, and great advice for all photographers to our blog, we have teamed up with the fine folks at Wonderful Machine.  On occassion a blogger from the WM team will be contributing to this expert advice column. In this latest installment, Anna Donnella writes about email service providers.     […]

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13 Life Lessons I Learned at RMSP
July 13, 2016  Author:  

Article and photos created and copyrighted by Forest Woodward. When I was twelve years old, our family friends Neil and Jeanne Chaput de Saintonge (founders of RMSP) came for a visit to our home in Washington State. Recognizing our interest in photography, they invited my older sister Autumn and I to attend a basic black and […]

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Eyes of a Damselfly – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 1, 2016  Author:  

One thing that was drilled into me at RMSP’s Summer Intensive seven years ago was how supremely important the eyes are when photographing a subject. Of course, at the time this fundamental tenet was applied to portraiture and images of people, but the same rule applies to bugs in the macro world, and damselflies are […]

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