Welcome to the Summit.

The Pinnacle of Photography Education.


The Best of Learning with Nikon

nikonThe partnership with Nikon Professional Services has been one of our longest relationships in the lifetime of the 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 workshops, Nikon provides in-person technical support as well as consignment bodies and lenses to rent out for use throughout the workshop time. This has helped many photographers learn on the latest equipment to become the better photographer they want to be.

Why Be a Part of the Summit?

The summit is the highest point of the mountain and the Summit Series of Photography Workshops represent the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. We 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 Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.

With our expanded offerings, we are able to bring you the in-person workshops in addition to an online education platform full with tutorials and classes – all within a new, modern design.

LightingNew workshop

$ 1300

Per Month
  • $395 Refundable Deposit
  • Denver, CO
  • Advanced techniques
  • Small faculty-student ratio

SportsMost Popular

$ 1750

Per Month
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Professional Baseball Games

Alaskasmall group

$ 6995

Per Month
  • JULY 15-19, 2016
  • Includes housing & food
  • Silver Salmon Creek Lodge
  • Habitat of brown bears, bald eagles, and more
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
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AdventureFastest Growing

$ 1950

Per Month
  • SEPT 19 – 24, 2015
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Rock Climb, Kayak, and more
  • Night of camping

NatureLongest running

$ 2300

Per Month
  • SEPT 27 – OCT 2, 2015
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • On-location in Grand Tetons
  • Portfolio Reviews

Our Passion For What We Do Transfers To Our Workshops

Powered by Clarkson Creative, the Summit Series of Workshops is ran by a team of 10+ photographers, multimedia specialists, and creatives. The Clarkson Creative team works in the industry day-in and day-out ensuring extreme passion and knowledge for the amazing world of visual art and photography.

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.

Summit Sports

Partnered with the U.S. Olympic Training Center, we offer a wide mix of sports from recreational to elite professionals. The Colorado summer weather adds to perfect sports scenarios.

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 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 Destination: Alaska!

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

Summit Destination: Africa!

We bring you into the wild to photograph the best Africa has to offer in wildlife & scenics. Bob Smith & Keith Ladzinski will lead the intimate group throughout Tanzania.

10% Workshop Discount for Alumni, Photo Educators, Students,
and members of NPPA, NPS, ASMP & NANPA

Meet the Best in the Industry

For nearly 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

An expanded offering as we move our high-quality education to the virtual world as top-tier video tutorials and lessons.

High Attendee Satisfaction

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

Summit Online Education

Further your education in the comfort of your home