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Sports Photography Workshop

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One of the most popular workshops in America, the Sports Photography Workshop, brings together a faculty of top international sports photographers and editors. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to listen to, study with, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help with career development.

A video overview of the Sports Photography Workshop, for additional videos be sure to check our Workshop Video page

Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on remote camera installations, large arena lighting, and the business of freelance sports photography. Many participants of this workshop have gone on to shoot for the top sports magazines in the country. This workshop is best suited for early career professional and advanced-amateur photographers who are looking to take the next step in their careers.

One of the benefits of our larger staffs is having enough man power to cater to virtually any level of need.  There may be sessions that are over some attendee's heads or don't apply to their future goals (perhaps business and marketing sessions), but they are free to go shoot during those times or perhaps be paired off in smaller sessions to get them up to speed.  Attendees will find a lot of value in the week and surely will come away both very educated and very inspired. Be sure to also check the Daily Sessions page for a description of a typical day at the workshop.

A slideshow of images from the workshop in session.

As you can see from our tentative schedules, we pack a very busy week try with multiple choices of topics and shooting opportunities to cater to as wide a range of needs as possible. You will find that some attendees shoot a lot during the week and others will spend more time in the workshop classroom attending sessions on a wide range of technical, creative and business topics. The choice is up to you.

joey terrill lighting

Joey Terrill teaches a lighting class at the Olympic Training Center

Space Still Available!

Register Online Here


The Antler's Hilton Colorado Springs
United States Olympic Committee Training Center
Colorado Springs, CO


July 23-28, 2014
Please plan to arrive the Tuesday night before and depart the Tuesday following.


including all instruction, use of
all equipment and some meals.
(see details below)


Below is the tentative schedule for 2014 with future updates.

Dave Black
Lucas Gilman
Keith Ladzinski
Brad Smith
Jamie Schwaberow
Jeff Jacobsen
John McDonough
Mark Reis
Rod Mar
Joey Terrill
Mark Terrill
Bob Smith
Rich Clarkson
As always, even though posted, last minute cancellations and substitutions can and do occur.

Workshop Information and Packets

Workshop Student Packet
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) PDF
Tentative Workshop Schedule
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) PDF
Tentative Sporting Event Schedule
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) PDF
Instructor Arrival/Departure Schedule
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) PDF

Other Helpful Links

A very thorough Nikonians Podcast/Review from 2006 Sports Photography Workshop (MP3 audio file, review starts at 13:24)

Dave Black's recap of the 2008 Sports Photography Workshop

Workshop Brochure with additional general workshop information. PDF

Antler's Hilton Colorado Springs: www.hilton.com
US Olympic Committee: www.usoc.org
Colorado Springs Sports: www.coloradospringssports.com



With 10-15 instructors and staff onsite, and attendance of roughly 60, each student can be assured a low student-to-instructor ratio and ample personalized attention. The combined knowledge of the faculty is outstanding and attendees have a chance to get not one or two opinions on their work, but a dozen points of view from a cross-section of the industry that you won't find anywhere else.

brad smith portfolio review

Then NY Times Sports Photo Editor, and now Sports Illustrated Director
of Photography, Brad Smith gives a portfolio review.

Expect ample time for shooting in the field, one-on-one and group technical instruction, peer review of images you shoot during the week, portfolio reviews and career counseling. Be sure to also check the Daily Sessions page for a description of a typical day at the workshop. Also, enjoy this very thorough Nikonians Podcast/Review from 2006 Sports Photography Workshop (MP3 audio file, review starts at 13:24).

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. Apple will provide indepth instruction on their leading photographic workflow tool, Aperture. We'll have desktop digital printers for use during the week and we'll cover best practices for getting the most out of your digital printer. Individual appointments with instructors for portfolio reviews and career counseling are encouraged. The week begins with a welcoming reception and ends with a farewell dinner, courtesy of our sponsors. This workshop is best suited for professional and advanced-amateur photographers who are looking to take their photography and careers to the next level.

brad smith portfolio review

The manufacturers room 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.

We will update packets for 2014 as we draw closer to the program, but packets from the 2013 workshop are still very relevant as to what to expect, as the general structure and many details and topics remain very similar from year to year. Some portions will not be updated until just a few weeks prior to the workshop as we finalize final faculty travel schedules and available events to photograph. Please call 1-800-745-3211 with further questions, one of our associates would be happy to describe the workshop at length. We will continue to post updated information concerning the workshop.

Host Hotel

The Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs. We will maintain our workshop classroom at the Antlers Hilton, and most instructional sessions will occur here. We've negotiated a special workshop rate of $126 per night, just ask for the Sports Photography Workshop rate. Please call 1-719-955-5600 and mention Sports Photography Workshop to make your reservation as soon as possible to obtain the special rate. You will also be able to book soon through a hotel provided rate.


You may fly into Colorado Springs (COS) or drive in from the surrounding area. In the case that flights into Colorado Springs are fully booked, Denver (DEN) is the next nearest airport (about 90 mins by car). If you fly into the area, we recommend renting a car for the duration of the week as transportation is not provided and many of the best shooting venues are a decent drive from the hotel.


$1650; includes the welcoming reception/dinner the first event evening, daily continental breakfast in the hotel classroom, instruction, evening presentations, and the farewell dinner the final night night. Please budget for lodging, car rental, and most meals. You may register via one of the methods below with a deposit of $295. The remainder of the registration fee needs to be paid two months in advance. Just prior to that deadline, we will email you a reminder that we will automatically charge your card for the remainder of your tuition. If you would prefer another method of payment, or you paid your deposit by check, please contact us at that time to finalize payment. Tuition deposits will be refunded in full up to April 20th.  After that time, if you need to cancel for any reason, your paid deposit/tuition is non-refundable, but can be applied in full to a future workshop of your choosing.

Space still available!

A tuition discount of 10% is offered for full-time students and photography educators, workshop alumni, and members of our partnering organizations, NPS, NPPA, NANPA and ASMP.

Please Register Online or call our offices at 800-745-3211 to register over the phone. Please don't hesitate to call or email with any additional questions and you may also register over the phone if you would prefer.
Phone: 1-800-745-3211 Local/International: 1-303-295-7770 Email: workshops@richclarkson.com


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