Presented by Keith Graham and Neil Chaput de Saintonge
If the mountains and rivers here could talk, you would listen. If the big sky could show you even a fraction of what it has seen, you would look. Witnessing the mountains, rivers, lakes and oh-so-dreamy light that paints the hills and defines the sky is an experience that won’t soon fade from your memory.
But what do you do when viewing isn’t enough?
Easy! You sign up for this workshop so you smell, taste, hear and feel what a true Montana experience is all about. With photojournalist Keith Graham and RMSP Founder Neil Chaput de Saintonge at the helm, you roll up your sleeves for a solid week of getting down and dirty with your camera. Between classroom lecture sessions and group critique opportunities, you spend your time steeped in Montana culture as you travel between a couple of working Montana ranches to photograph calving, branding, and a day in the life of a working rancher. In the nearby town of Ovando, you revel in the sights of the fun-loving community events. The nearby banks of the Blackfoot River, southern border of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and possible wildlife viewing opportunities further add to the experience of this week.
What You Learn: While it would be easy to lose track of time watching the waters of the Blackfoot River go by, or getting your boots dirty by roaming around on a ranch, this course is much more than that. During this week, you:
Become a more skilled photographer while learning to tell stories visually
Learn to photograph – and connect with – people in their own environment
Create images to form a larger narrative
Learn to communicate an experience through the use of images
Navigate the nuances of photographing events, where your subjects may or may not be willing participants
Learn professional ways to handle yourself in various situations