The Pinnacle of Sports Photography

One of the most popular workshops in America, the Summit Sports Photography Workshop brings together a faculty of top international sports photographers and editors. This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to listen to, study with, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help with career development. Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on remote camera installations, large arena lighting, and the business of freelance sports photography.

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.

FACULTY

Testimonials

"Absolutely the best workshop I have ever attended. Instructors hands-on teaching in the field is priceless! Critiques are a difference-maker, teaching and seeing what makes a good picture has made all the difference. I will be a better photographer because of this course."

− Greg Collier

"My second time taking this workshop. I highly recommend taking (the sports) workshop more than once; I have learned a tremendous amount. Thank you for the outstanding workshop."

− Wendy Collison

"One thing that occurred to me is that this is really the first time I have been immersed in a surrounding of all sports photography. It’s made me realize what is possible besides my little corner of the world. It opened my eyes to possibilities."

− Cyndi Chambers

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

One of the most popular photography workshops in America, the Sports Photography Workshop brings together a faculty of top international sports photographers and editors and combines it with the best instruction and the best opportunity to shoot sports action. This workshop allows attendants to work with and learn from those who are directly tied to their career development and advancement opportunities, as well as working with lighting and other equipment to learn how to elevate their photography.

The 2016 Sports Workshop has been moved from Colorado Springs to Denver due to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and the lack of athletes present at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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, transportation to workshop events, lodging during the workshop, and most meals. For transportation and lodging info, visit the next tabs.

Springhill Suites – Downtown Denver

1190 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 705-7300

  • This will be the hotel and headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction, receptions, and Nikon & vendor rooms.
  • Call and mention “Sports Photography Workshop” for discounted group rate.
  • For rental car and hotel room sharing visit the 2016 Sports Workshop Facebook Page.
  • Denver International Airport: DIA is 30-40 minutes away from downtown Denver. Shuttles, taxi cabs and rental cars are readily available to get from the airport to the downtown area. More on whether or not you need a rental car in the transportation section…
  • A rental car is encouraged, but not needed. Many of the sporting events take place in the general vicinity of the workshop headquarters, but most are a drive away. We work with attendants to arrange carpooling and no one goes without a ride to an event.
  • The only foreseen downfall without your own car is you may have to conform the events that you want to go to with the events that your ride wants to go to. For example, if you want baseball, then swimming, then velodrome — that may be tougher when joining someone else.
  • 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. Colorado summers will be hot, but not scorching, so bring shorts, sunscreen/hat, and comfortable shoes (!!) to work in the heat.
  • Also, bring a rain jacket and some cold weather gear in case of storms. You will also want to bring a few more formal options (if you desire) for the welcome and closing receptions.
  • Colorado July weather can range from 60-90 degrees — most of the time in the middle. The most important item is sunscreen as it will be sunny most days and you’re closer to the sun!
  • Also, we have the occasional rainstorm — it won’t last all day — but be prepared for a random change in weather. Tornadoes and lightning are seldom, but can happen. For the most part though, our Sports Workshop has had near perfect weather for all sports scenarios.

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

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


WORKSHOP DAY 1

  • Intro to Digital Photography
  • Lighting with Strobes
  • Photoshop/Lightroom Education
  • Welcome Reception


WORKSHOP DAY 2

  • Class: Techniques in Shooting Outdoor
  • Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
  • Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
  • On-Location: Aquatic with Strobes
  • On-Location: BMX, Judo, Wrestling
  • Class: Introduction to Lighting
  • Night Presentation


WORKSHOP DAY 3

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Leveraging Technology
  • Class: Wireless TTL Flash
  • On-Location: Aquatic with Strobes
  • On-Location: Basketball, Hockey, Skate Park
  • Class: Speedlights & Studio Strobes
  • Night Presentation


WORKSHOP DAY 4

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: The Freelance World
  • Class: Marketing Yourself
  • On-Location: MotoCross with Strobes
  • On-Location: Softball, Velodrome, MotoCross
  • Class: Lighting the Portrait
  • Night Presentation
  • Photographers’ Social


WORKSHOP DAY 5

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Improve your Digital Workflow/li>
  • Class: TBD
  • On-Location: MotoCross with Strobes
  • On-Location: Portrait Demo
  • Class: Live Portrait Session
  • Night Presentation


WORKSHOP DAY 6

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Phone Call to Final Image
  • 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

Andrew Hancock

Andrew Hancock

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The Perfect Run

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Flower Power

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Olympic Velodrome

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Cabin on the Lake

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Flock Together

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River Crossing

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Alaskan Sunrise

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Grassy Picnic

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Rocky Waters

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Camp Setup

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Paddleboard

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On the Edge

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Morning View

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Youth Football

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BMX Track

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Swimming

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Olympic Boxing

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MotoCross

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Furry Summit

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Dinner Time

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On The Lookout

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Seal Sunbathe

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Here comes the bride

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The Heater

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Pro baseball

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Location Portraits

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Crossfit Colors

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Shafts of Light

Custom Table Product Photography

Banana Flambe

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Flashing Lights

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Lifestyle Play

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Itsy Bitsy

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Flippin Bird

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Bueling Bull

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Sunset Silhouette

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Fallen Tree

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Messy Hair

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River Plunge

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Fishing

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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