Make Your Adventure

Our fastest growing workshop of the Series, the Summit Adventure Photography Workshop, brings together extreme photographers from The North Face, Red Bull, National Geographic, and more. In addition to capturing the moment, adventure photography requires more extensive knowledge on safety, the sport itself, weather conditions, and other elements in which we give you the hands-on experience to conquer those challenges.

Our Approach

As with all the Summit Series, we offer a wide mix of opinions and techniques so that attendees will have many take-aways. Through team teaching, you are able to experience the range of creative talent and their hidden secrets — or better yet their mistakes — that are meant to be learned from. We also value the importance of hands-on learning complemented with classroom education so there is something for everybody’s learning style.


"The diverse group of brilliant instructors combined with image critiques, photo shoots and lessons in the field and classroom, as well as a beautiful setting provided me with the opportunity to challenge myself while learning how to push my photography forward. "

− Amanda Swinhart

"I learned more from this workshop than I have in my 6 years of photography classes. The networking opportunities were endless for me, and I left the workshop with a portfolio I would feel confident giving to an employer."

− Paige Stingley

"In between the high-caliber instructors, variety of awesome shooting scenarios, and the time and energy given by the staff to the students, you'll get an experience here at the Summit Workshop that will be unmatched. "

− Tom Colvin


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

Come on an adventure and spend a week with top adventure photography experts as you photograph rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, camping, outdoor lifestyle, and more! Instruction includes outdoor action sports and lifestyle photography, outdoor commercial and product photography, filmmaking, the business of adventure photography, and more! Instructors include photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more!

Workshop tuition includes all workshop instruction and events, access to Nikon equipment for use during the workshop, transportation to events during the workshop, and some meals.

Workshop tuition does not include travel before and after workshop, lodging during the workshop, and most meals.

Snow King Hotel

400 E. Snow King Ave
Jackson, WY 83001

  • This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction, receptions, and Nikon & Manufacture rooms.
  • *Follow THIS LINK for discounted hotel group rate.
  • For rental car and hotel room sharing, visit the 2016 Adventure Workshop Facebook Page.
  • Jackson Hole Airport: This is the closest airport to the area. You may either get a car rental at the airport or take a taxi service into town.
  • Idaho Falls Airport: If flights in Jackson are fully booked, Idaho Falls is the next nearest airport (about 2 hours by car). With this option, a rental car is strongly encouraged.
  • Driving: If you are within a few states, driving might be an option. Just keep in mind that Western Wyoming can be difficult to drive with windy and/or snowy conditions during the Fall season.
  • Transportation will be provided to workshop events, so having a rental car is not necessary. However, if you want transportation for times before, after and in between workshop events, a rental car may be a good option.
  • For rental car and hotel sharing, visit the 2016 Adventure Workshop Facebook Page.
  • Nikon will have digital cameras to loan on a 24-hour basis as well as a variety of lenses, with SanDisk providing memory cards for the group. Adobe will provide in-depth instruction on their leading photographic tools, LightRoom and Photoshop. The manufacturers room will also be stocked with a wide variety of gear for demo and sale at special discount.
  • We ask that you bring all of the equipment with which you normally shoot, especially Nikon users, as you will be able to use the large consignment of Nikon cameras and lenses in conjunction with your own. Photographers that currently use other brands of cameras are free to use your own equipment. You’ll need to provide your own laptop or other workstation to download and edit your images, though we can assist you with a variety of demo software available.
  • Make sure to pack clothing options for all days. They are long days so you may change at least once a day so pack extra for that. Bring warm clothes for early morning shoots, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees, tint or bivy sack, headlamp, large backpack.
  • You may also wish to bring technical climbing gear if you wish to get on the ropes, but will only need a harness, belay device and shoes.
  • The great thing about Jackson Hole, WY is the wide range of weather possibilities. That includes some days of clear skies and sunshine, possible snow, some cold, and everywhere between.
  • You will be outside quite often — mornings, afternoons, and some nights — so prepare for any conditions. Inclement weather does not cancel Workshop shoots or instruction — after all, “weather makes better pictures!”.


To download last year’s schedule, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.


  • DSLR – Cameras in Action Configuration
  • Speedlights – On & Off-Camera Flash
  • Digital Workflow and Post Processing
  • Welcome Reception


  • On-Location: Mountain Biking/Trail Running
  • Image Critiques
  • Anatomy of a Commercial Photo Shoot
  • Pitching an Idea/Working with Editors
  • On-Location: dSLR Video Shoot
  • On-Location: Yoga Shoot
  • Night Presentation


  • Image Critiques
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • On-Location Shoot: Rock Climbing
  • On-Location Shoot: Mountain biking/Trail Running
  • Night Presentation


  • On-Location All Day: Kayaking/White Water
  • Image Critiques
  • Night Presentation


  • Social Media for Photographers
  • The Business of Adventure Photography
  • Multimedia Storytelling/New Media
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Camping Shoot
  • Location Finding/Shoot Logistics
  • On-Location Shoot: Fireside Talk and Life on Road


  • On Location: Camping Lifestyle/Fly Fishing
  • Image Critiques
  • Building the Ultimate Digital Light Table
  • Instructor Roundtable
  • Final Dinner
  • Photographers’ Social

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



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.

Elite Team of Faculty

All of our workshops bring the best of the industry together to share their differing opinions and educate the next generation of young creatives.

Classroom Instruction

In the classroom, we cover the basic to advanced knowledge that pushes your craft to the next level. This can include software training, workflow techniques, and a dissection of the industry.

On-Location Shooting

As they say, you only learn by doing. We take you out in the field in a variety of scenarios side-by-side the Summit faculty. We also have Nikon bodies and lenses available for trying out a range of high-end equipment.

Portfolio Reviews

We ensure 1-on-1 time with faculty for them to view your photography portfolio. This benefit has resulted in many assignments given after the workshop.

Image Critiques

The group looks at images taken at the workshop daily to offer opinions, improvements, and analysis of the photographs. It is always impressive how much everyone grows over the workshop.

Social Networking

Rated highest with attendees is the time dedicated to networking and getting to know each other. Faculty, staff, & attendees intermingle throughout the time in many formal and casual settings.

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