Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Dates: September 24-29, 2017
Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $2,395
Photography at the Summit
The Nature and Wildlife Workshop, also called Photography at the Summit, is the longest-running workshop in the Summit Series. It brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors — many from National Geographic — and combines it with the beautiful setting of the Grand Tetons. Our faculty offers a wide-variety of photography knowledge, so a student may go shoot in the morning with an expert nature photographer, review their work in the afternoon with a professional editor, then go over their editing process with a tech expert.
This workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn from, photograph alongside, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help them with their career development. While many nature workshops provide you with an opportunity to shoot outstanding nature photos, we take it one step further by truly offering you a chance to both expand your portfolio and to expand your network. Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on conservation photography, freelance photography, and marketing and software/technology.
The workshop classroom is located at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The workshop hotel is the Alpine House, call and mention the Summit Nature Workshop for the discounted group rate.
What you’ll learn:
Composition and Nature Photography Techniques.
Photographing Jackson, WY and the Grand Tetons.
Conservation in Photography and Photojournalism.
Social Media and Marketing Techniques.
Building and Organizing your Portfolio.
Freelance and the Business of Nature Photography.
*Summit Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service*
2016 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Dave BlackWorkshop Faculty
One of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he’s currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.
Rich ClarksonWorkshop Founder
The organizer of Photography at the Summit. His Denver-based company packages books, uses new technology to manage photographic and publishing ventures for such diverse groups as the Denver Broncos football team and Colorado Rockies baseball team, and serves as consultant to a variety of companies, publishers and foundations.
Michael ForsbergWorkshop Faculty
Mike is a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers who has focused his career on North America's Great Plains, its prairie wildlife, and watersheds. His work has appeared in National Geographic and Outdoor Photographer, and his books on On Ancient Wings and Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild have been turned into documentary films for PBS. Mike is co-founder of the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, and currently serves as faculty with the University of Nebraska.
Melissa GrooWorkshop Faculty
Melissa is the wildlife photography columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and a contributing editor to Audubon magazine. She chairs NANPA’s Ethics Committee, and writes and speaks frequently on issues of ethics and conservation in wildlife photography. Melissa’s photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Birdwatching, National Wildlife, Living Bird, Nature’s Best, Montana Outdoors, and New York State Conservationist Magazine.
Jodi CobbWorkshop Faculty
Some of the National Geographic’s most unusual stories have been done by this photographer who brings a unique and artistic approach to her work over many years on the magazine staff. Her book, “Geisha,” written and photographed in Japan was widely acclaimed for its beauty and insight. Most recently, she photographed a very different and tough story about human bondage in its many forms from slavery to trade in children. She is a a veteran of many Photography at the Summits.
Ami VitaleWorkshop Faculty
Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Her journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to 90 countries and her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication and been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries.
Bill AllardWorkshop Faculty
One of the National Geographic’s most prolific and talented photographers, Allard’s artistry has resulted in some of the Geographic’s most memorable stories and individual pictures. Full of vigor, Allard’s critiques are classics and his no-mince-words approach embraces insightful and useful advice.
Kathy MoranWorkshop Faculty
Illustrations editor for National Geographic magazine, Moran specializes in articles on wildlife and underwater ecosystems, coordinating photographers in the field and editing their work as it arrives at the magazine. Recent highlights include a special edition of National Geographic's '100 Best Wildlife Photographs' and the Africa 'Megatransect' project. She has edited books for the Society, including 'Women Photographers at the National Geographic,' 'The Africa Diaries--An Illustrated Memoir of Life in the Bush,' and 'Cat Shots.'
Wes PittsWorkshop Faculty
Wes Pitts is the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and the editorial director for Madavor Media’s Creative Division, which also publishes Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro magazines. Wes has been with OP and its sister publications since 1998, working in a variety of editorial roles. He has a passion for collaborating with photographers and writers to share compelling stories about the art of photography and employing the medium to create awareness and inspire conservation of wild places. Wes is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in photography.
Bill PekalaWorkshop Faculty
Bill Pekala has been an active professional photographer since he graduated from high school and went to work for the Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, Ky. He went on to free lance work for a while before joining Nikon in 1974 as a Nikon School of Photography instructor and Pro-Market Technical Representative. Bill took the reigns of Nikon Professional Services in 1981 and worked his way up to General Manager of NPS for the America’s. Bill Retired in Jan of 2014 after 39+ years with Nikon.
Bob SmithWorkshop Faculty
Bob Smith creates fine wildlife portraits, environmental, and landscape images. He travels extensively throughout the year, conducting both wildlife field photo workshops and classroom sessions on digital workflow. His work covers locations in Antarctica, Africa, Alaska, Canada and the western United States.
Dave ShowalterWorkshop Faculty
Conservation photographer and author Dave Showalter is based in Colorado and focused on the American West. Dave has published two books – Sage Spirit, The American West at A Crossroads by Braided River (2015); and the award-winning Prairie Thunder by Skyline Press (2007). Dave's photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, Wilderness, Colorado Life and elsewhere. Dave is a Fellow Photographer in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and works in partnership with numerous conservation groups, including Audubon Rockies, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Club of Wyoming.
Allen MurabayashiWorkshop Faculty
Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-founder of PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. Allen previously served as a founding employee and Senior Vice President of Engineering at HotJobs.com.
Ron TaniwakiWorkshop Faculty
With over 30 years in professional photography, Ron Taniwaki currently serves as a Nikon Professional Markets Technical Representative providing training to News, Magazine, Sports, Adventure, and Wildlife photographers on how to utilize the features of their equipment. Ron teaches forensic photography and photographs aerospace photography, like rocket launches. If there is something Ron doesn’t know about camera technologies, settings and techniques, than no one knows. Ron likes to joke that he has a job because people won’t read the manual.
This is by far the best workshop of its kind. No where will you find a more talented group of instructors who genuinely care about turning their students into better photographers.Jennifer Leigh Warner
The Summit Workshop has no equal; the instructors, staff and other students all ensure that your photography improves measurably during the time you are there, and beyond. It is the best photographic education you can get in such a short time.David Fink
The Summit Nature Workshop is the best workshop I've been to thus far! The talent and level of expertise in the instructors and the staff is amazing! To have all of that knowledge together in one place and the networking that goes on is priceless! I'm already planning my next trip!Stephanie Adams
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
To view a PDF of last year’s schedule, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.
NATURE DAY 1
- Intro to Digital Photography
- Approaching Wildlife Photography
- Welcome Reception
NATURE DAY 2
- Class: Advanced Hands-on DSLR
- Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
- Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
- Portfolio Reviews
- On-Location: Grand Teton, Mormon Row
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 3
- On-Location: Sunrise, Wildlife
- On-Location: OxBow Bend, Mormon Row
- Image Critiques
- Class: Camera Care & Cleaning Tips
- Class: Off-Camera Lighting
- Class: Lightpainting
- Images of Nature Gallery Reception
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 4
- On-Location: Fall Changing Colors
- On-Location: Teton National Park
- Image Critiques
- Class: Ultimate Digital Light Table
- Class: Printing from Photoshop & Lightroom
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 5
- On-Location: Capture wildlife
- On-Location: Jenny Lake
- Image Critiques
- Class: Marketing for Photographers
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 6
- On Location: TBD
- Image Critiques
- Class: Approaching Editors
- Instructor Roundtable
- Final Dinner
- Photographers’ Social
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP HELPFUL LINKS
- HOST HOTEL – The Alpine House, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- The Lexington, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- Wort Hotel
- Parkway Inn, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- Rustic Inn
- Painted Buffalo Inn, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
THINGS TO DO
Also called Photography at the Summit, the Nature workshop combines the the beautiful natural setting of Jackson Hole, WY with the expert information advice from an all-star cast of instructors. Capture stunning images of the Grand Tetons and an abundance of wildlife including bears, moose, elk, bison, and more, while you’re given instruction, portfolio reviews, and networking opportunities from a team of photographers and editors from National Geographic, NPPA, The Washington Post, and more!
Workshop tuition includes all workshop instruction and events, access to Nikon equipment for use during the workshop, and some meals.
Workshop tuition does not include travel before and after workshop, lodging during the workshop, transportation to workshop events, and most meals. For transportation and lodging info, continue to the next tabs.
285 Glenwood St
Jackson, WY 83001
- This will be the hotel for the workshop. Most faculty and participants will be staying here.
2820 Rungius Road
- This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction,receptions, and Nikon & Manufacture rooms.
- 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.
- A rental car is encouraged, but not needed. Many venues require a drive and can be spread out, however, we promote car pooling and many attendees without cars can get everywhere they need.
- The daily drives consists of early morning shoots, then to Workshop HQ, back to town, and then lastly back to Workshop HQ for the nightly presentation. If you don’t drive, pitch in for gas. If you do, carpool a few and get your gas paid for!
- Nikon will have digital cameras to loan on a 24-hour basis as well as a variety of lenses and 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. Jackson in the fall usually gives you a mix of all weather. The most important thing is to bring WARM clothes for the morning shoots that start before sunrise. This includes many layers, hats, gloves, and anything else to keep you warm dealing with your cold, metal equipment.
- You will also want to bring a few more formal options (if you desire) for the welcome and closing receptions.
- The great thing about the Nature Workshop is that it usually gives us a range of weather. That includes some days of clear skies and sunshine, some snow, some cold, and in between.
- The early mornings and afternoons are the times you will be outside so prepare for any conditions. Inclement weather does not cancel Workshop shoots or instruction — after all, “weather makes better pictures!”.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES
Advance your Nature Photography skills even further.
National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson
Get the most out of your Nature & Wildlife Workshop by learning how to properly research the location your traveling to and approaching the “story” like a National Geographic photographer would. Our Summit Online photography course, National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson, takes you where very few have ever been before — behind the yellow border. Jim brings you inside many of his Geographic stories and what ties them all together: his research. Get into the mind of a Nat Geo photographer as you prepare to meet the Nature Workshop faculty that includes several Geographic veterans. National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson includes the following lessons:
- Lesson One: Finding a Topic, Pitching a Story
- Lesson Two: Starting a Mock Research Topic
- Lesson Three: Getting into the Details & Outline
- Lesson Four: The Actual Shoot
The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi
Prepare for your Nature & Wildlife Workshop by learning how to properly upload and market the photos you capture while you’re there. Our Summit Online photography course, The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi, takes you on a journey through the digital world that drives today’s creative industry. As a Co-Founder of the unique website Photoshelter.com, Allen provides you with online tools that can better your freelance photography business and personal processes relating to photography and other creative realms. The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi includes the following lessons:
- Lesson One: Overview of Media & Industry
- Lesson Two: The Business of Photography
- Lesson Three: Photoshelter tool : Photo Management
- Lesson Four: Search Engine Optimization, Analytics, Bounce Rates and More
- Sort Portfolio:
- Adventure Faculty
- Alaska Faculty
- Lighting Faculty
- Nature Faculty
- Past Faculty
- Photos from Workshops
- Sandhill Cranes Faculty
- Sports Faculty