Montana Photography Workshops: 2-Day Western Action and Outdoor Lifestyle Intensive

Michael DeYoung

WHEN: August 12 - 13, 2017

WHERE: Missoula, MT
FEE: $595 (deposit $200)



Intermediate and Advanced photographers

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Montana Photography Workshops - Western Action & Outdoor Lifestyle in Missoula


  • Beautiful private ranch along river front
  • Fun and enlightening action shoots with horse and rider, fly angler and yoga/fitness models
  • Talent provided
  • Expert photography guidance by long time pro



If you enjoy photographing people authentically engaged in their outdoor passions, this workshop is designed to help you greatly improve your ability to capture and create lifestyle images that jump off the screen. With new confidence and ability, you will make sizzling images of your own travel and adventure companions. Under expert guidance from a seasoned pro, you will learn and practice simple but effective techniques to greatly improve action and lifestyle images in a beautiful, private setting.

We begin with an informative and motivational presentation on lifestyle and action photography. This will be followed by field demonstrations of equipment and techniques. Our first shoot will be in late afternoon to sunset followed by a sunrise and morning session on our second day. All talent is provided and included in the workshop fee. We will end with an early afternoon Lightroom edit session, image processing demonstration in Develop Module, and a fun and constructive critique of participants’ new images


INSTRUCTIONAL BASED WORKSHOP - Intensive and comprehensive workshops include organized classroom presentations, constructive image critique, and post processing tips and demonstrations in Lightroom. Field time is designed to be at inspirational locations matching the best subject matter to the best lighting, practicing our art, building upon what we’ve learned in class. On location, the workshop leader provides creative expertise for that location and subject matter assisting with light and technique to help participants capture the best possible images. In addition to camera gear, laptop computers are required for participants to benefit from constructive critique sessions. Whenever possible, workshop schedules have some flexibility to adjust to unforeseen changes in conditions and weather.


You will learn simple but effective ways to create beautiful and inspiring imagery with confidence and consistency.

  • Configuring your camera for action/motion and rapidly changing situations
  • Action photography techniques
  • Using predictive autofocus and pre focusing
  • Creative use of shutter speed
  • Using additional light sources such as strobe, reflectors and scrims
  • Lighting
  • Styling
  • Art directing
  • Posing models
  • Getting the most out of your images using the “Develop” module in Lightroom


  • DSLR body or mirrorless with interchangeable lenses
  • Suggested lenses in 35mm full frame equivalent:

          - Wide angle prime or zoom with at least 24mm wide. 20mm-16mm
             (not fisheye) recommended
          - Normal prime or zoom such as a 24-70mm
          - Short telephoto prime or zoom such as a 70-200mm

  • Tripod preferably with ball head and quick release system
  • Media card(s)
  • Extra battery
  • Laptop computer with image editing software (Lightroom suggested)
  • The capability to import, view, edit, and export images made during the workshop
  • Portable bus powered hard drives are recommended for image storage


  • Classroom presentation and demonstrations
  • Lunch on first day
  • All talent for 2 shoot sessions on location


  • Transportation to and from workshop location
  • Tips & Gratuities


The primary purpose of this workshop is to teach and practice lifestyle and action photography. The talent is non-professional and are there to facilitate a fun and learning shoot session. We are NOT doing this to produce a stock photography shoot. Talent will not be giving model releases for images produced during this workshop.

You will receive a Confirmation notice of your registration once you complete the process. Additional information - including lodging suggestions, meeting location, and more detailed itinerary - will be delivered to you within 30 days of workshop start date.

Photography Mentor, Coach, and Photo Workshop Instructor Michael DeYoung
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Michael DeYoung is a passionate workshop leader and photo mentor who puts his participant’s photography first, helping with camera mastery to creative technique and vision to the nuances of light. Best known for his landscape, tourism and adventure work, it all began in Great Falls at Malmstrom Air Force Base as a weather forecaster and budding photographer. After many contest setbacks he won a first place and best of show awards at the Montana State Fair Photography contest in 1987. That resulted in his first published image in Montana Magazine. Since then, there was no looking back with all sights set on eventually turning pro.

The rest of the story takes place in Alaska when DeYoung left Montana after 4 years in1988 as a newlywed for a new life in Anchorage and Elmendorf Air Force Base. The long, hard transition from full-time military life to freelance photographer began in 1992 when he joined a fledgling stock agency in Anchorage. Since then he has amassed countless credits in magazines, books, calendars, greeting cards and corporate advertising.

The DeYoung’s achieved commercial success shooting many tourism assignments promoting Alaska as a vacation destination. The DeYoungs left Alaska in 2006 for the dry powder snow of northern New Mexico when Lauri completely left the corporate world to be part of the photography business full time.

In 2011, Michael began teaching the 'Business of Outdoor Photography' as part of the Pro Studies curriculum at Rocky Mountain School of Photography. This will be his 7th year teaching there.


DAY 1:
9:00 AM Motivational lecture and demonstrations.
2:00 PM Lunch (catered and delivered to ranch)
3:00 PM
5:00 PM Field shoot: Horse and cowgirl, yoga, tent and camping
8:00 PM End of day

DAY 2:
6:00 AM: Field shoot: Horse and rider in action and portraits, yoga, fly fishing
11:00 AM: Lunch
12:00 PM Constructive critique, getting the most out of your images in Lightroom, and post production
3:00 PM End of day

Elevate your creativity and technique with concentrated instruction and individual attention.


Montana Photography Workshops - 2-Day Western Action and Outdoor Lifestyle Intensive in Missoula