Lighting Workshop
April 21-24, 2016 | Denver, CO

Learn to light your photography with experts Dave Black, Joey Terrill and Matt Hernandez.
From studio and portraiture lighting to action sports and on-location lighting.

Alaska Photography Workshop
July 15-19, 2016 | Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

Explore the last frontier with National Geographic photographers Bob Smith and Michael Forsberg.
Photograph bears, eagles, puffins, and the best of the Alaskan landscape.

Sports Photography Workshop
July 27 - Aug 1, 2016 | Denver, CO

Come join a team of sports shooters and editors from Sports Illustrated, AP, and more!
Learn remote camera setups, sports lighting and hypersync, the business of sports photography, and much more!

Adventure Photography Workshop
Sept 17 - 22, 2016 | Jackson, WY

Thrill-seekers and adventure-junkies rejoice! Join a team of photographers and editors from National 
Geographic, The North Face, Red Bull, and more as you capture extreme sports and outdoor lifestyle photography.

Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop
Sept 25 - 30, 2016 | Jackson, WY

Our longest-running workshop of the series! Join an acclaimed team of faculty including Tom Mangelsen,
Ami Vitale, Dave Burnett, William Albert Allard, and more as you capture the best of nature and wildlife in Jackson, WY.

Sandhill Cranes Photography Workshop 
TBD, March 2017 | Kearney, NE

Fly away with nature photographers Melissa Groo and Michael Forsberg and capture the 
amazing migration of Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River Basin in Nebraska.
Summit Sponsors - Macgroup, Thinktank, Sandisk, Nikon, Profoto, Roberts, Manfrotto

The Best of Learning with Nikon

nikonOur partnership with Nikon Professional Services has been one of our longest relationships in the lifetime of our workshops. Nikon has always held educating the next generation of photographers as a top priority — and at the Summit it is no different.

At our photography workshops, Nikon allows photographers to learn and improve on the latest equipment. They provide in-person technical support as well as consignment bodies and lenses for use throughout the workshop time. All participants, whether they are Nikon shooters or not, are able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Why Be a Part of the Summit?

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops represents the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. Our premiere workshops combine the best instruction in photography and latest digital technologies with top-level creativity and the best career networking available anywhere. This has led to over 30 years of successful Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.

With Summit Online, we are able to bring you the same premiere photography education without you having to leave your own home. Enjoy these high-end online photo courses on your own time from any device!

Meet the Best in the Industry

For over three decades, we have brought the most elite photographers, editors, and creatives from all over the country and abroad to be a part of our unique ‘team-teaching’ workshops.

Networking to the Extreme

Workshop alumni regard the Summit networking as the best tool to jumpstart a career, collaborate on new ideas, and build a rolodex of top-notch creatives.

Online Education

Bring our top-tier workshops home with you and watch our high-quality online photography courses that cover topics from editing to engagement photography to photo research.

High Attendee Satisfaction

You will not find a more personable and organized educational workshop that has the sole focus of bettering you in the expanding creative world. We are here for you!

The Most Unique Workshops

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops has a unique system that allows you to attend workshops in awe-inspiring locations that promote creativity and growth, and to receive a priceless education from our team of elite, professional photographers, editors, and filmmakers. You simply cannot find another workshop that delivers more guidance and expert advice than a Summit Workshop. Let us help your photography flourish!

By Creatives, For Creatives

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops is powered by Clarkson Creative, a media production company founded by Rich Clarkson that specializes in fine photography and creative media production. Being backed by a team of photographers, videographers and digital media specialists allows our workshops to provide participants an environment that promotes creativity and growth. We’re here for you and your photography.

10% Non-Destination Workshop Discount for Alumni, Photo Educators,
Students, and NPPA, NPS, ASMP and NANPA members.



Purchase a deposit to reserve your spot for a Summit Workshop.



Purchase a deposit to reserve your spot for a Summit Workshop.

Summit Sandhill Cranes

Come fly away with nature photographers Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo and hide in the blind as your photograph the over-half-a-million Sandhill Cranes that migrate to the Platte River Basin every Spring.

Summit Lighting

The importance of lighting funnels into all corners of the creative industry. The focus will be on lighting techniques to improve your setups no matter the conditions.

Summit Alaska

Travel with nature gurus, Michael Forsberg & Bob Smith, to the far stretches of the wild in an area known for brown bear habitats, eagles, puffins and amazing scenics.

Summit Sports

Now in Denver, come shoot a multitude of sports from cycling to kayaking to lacrosse and learn from our instructors who work in every facet of the sports photography industry.

Summit Adventure

Calling all action enthusiasts, this week is full of rock climbing, kayaking, and other adventures with a beautiful backdrop. Actions skills not needed.

Summit Nature

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the focus is on capturing top scenic and wildlife visuals from the Grand Tetons to brown bears in the wild.

Platte River Valley, Nebraska

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

Sandhill cranes in a.m on and leaving river roost 

Remote camera buried in sandbar - both evening and morning on the roost - some timelapse sequences.

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

Copyright 2015 Bruce McCallum

Wake up and Raft

Copyright 2015 Tobias Butterfield

Portrait Session

Copyright 2015 Sarah Desjardins

Relaxing Rocks

© 2015 Philippe Bouchard

Kickin’ Dirt

Sandhill cranes, Platte River valley, Nebraska. © Michael Forserg

Waves of cranes

Platte River, Nebraska.
Migrating Sandhill cranes on river roost at first light. © Michael Forserg

Big Crowds

Platte River valley, Nebraska

Migrating sandhill cranes standing in field of corn stubble day after large blizzard. © Michael Forserg

Braving the blizzard

161-115, RACING WINTER- DENALI, SC2-11-01 © Michael Forserg

Racing Winter – Cranes in Alaska


The Perfect Run


Flower Power


Olympic Velodrome


Cabin on the Lake


Flock Together


River Crossing


Alaskan Sunrise


Grassy Picnic


Rocky Waters


Camp Setup




On the Edge


Morning View


Youth Football


BMX Track




Olympic Boxing




Furry Summit


Dinner Time


On The Lookout


Seal Sunbathe

Emily Milcarek, 2015

Here comes the bride

Corey Solotrovski_lighting

The Heater


Pro baseball


Location Portraits

Kelsey Brunner_lighting

Crossfit Colors


Shafts of Light

Custom Table Product Photography

Banana Flambe


Flashing Lights


Lifestyle Play


Itsy Bitsy


Flippin Bird


Bueling Bull


Sunset Silhouette


Fallen Tree


Messy Hair


River Plunge