Summit Advanced Lighting Workshop
Denver | May 22-24, 2015

Set Yourself Apart

Unique lighting will separate your visuals apart from the mainstream industry. Its application complements every avenue of photography and visual storytelling.

Importance of Light

The importance of light in photographs has always been an elite skill that once mastered will help your photography soar to the next level. For decades, lighting has been a mainstay in all of our workshops as it relates to sports, nature, portraiture, commercial work, and more. Here we bring you the best lighting experts from around the country all in one place to teach you the expert techniques.

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.

Commercial Lighting

Understanding lighting is paramount in commercial photography. Master the techniques and variables associated with lighting and perfect the art of shooting products, portraits, architecture, and more.


Learn to create stunning portraits by getting the most out of your lighting source. Get to know lighting ratios, patterns, shadows and other techniques used by the pros.

Action Lighting

Lighting can make or break an action photo. This is the best place to gain advice ranging from the proper installation and use of strobes to capturing action shots in low-light conditions.

Low Light Scenarios

Photography in low light is more than just taking photos at night. Learn the many aspects of low-lighting photography and get the most out of any light source.

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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-personal 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.

Inside the Workshop

What makes the Summit Workshops unique are team-teaching faculties of eight or more of the best talent in the world: the best photographers, the best teachers, the top editors and users of photography. Throughout the week you will have the opportunity to get varying opinions and perspectives, unique career counseling and the ultimate networking that has jump-started many careers. Each workshop features new instruction, new teachers and the ability to demo the latest equipment in order to keep pace with the continually changing world of photography.

Workshop Components

Team Teaching


Classroom Instruction


On-Location Shooting


Portfolio Reviews


Social Networking


What makes the Summit Series unique?

The Summit Series of Workshops are known for their well-rounded style of education. We bring in the best faculty in the industry and accompany it with with a mix of critiques, portfolio reviews, classroom instruction, on-location shoots, and social gatherings. The Summit is also powered by Clarkson Creative, a team of photographers, multimedia specialists, and creatives. We work in the industry day-in and day-out with extreme passion and knowledge for the amazing world of visual storytelling that we infuse with education.

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.

NatureLongest running

$ 2300

Per Month
  • SEPT 27 – OCT 2
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • On-location in Grand Tetons
  • Portfolio Reviews

SportsMost Popular

$ 1750

Per Month
  • JULY 22 – 27
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Professional Baseball Games

AdventureFastest Growing

$ 1950

Per Month
  • SEPT 19 – 24
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Rock Climb, Kayak, and more
  • Night of camping

LightingNew workshop

$ 1300

Per Month
  • MAY 22-24, 2015
  • Denver, CO
  • Advanced techniques
  • Small faculty-student ratio

Africasmall group

$ 12500

Per Month
  • MARCH 6-18
  • Includes housing & food
  • Tanzania, Serengeti, & More
  • Habitat of all safari animals
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"The career advice and critiques I received by the instructors shaped who I am as a photographer and my success is in large part due to their advise and wisdom. It is a pleasure to look back on my time at the workshop and see how it propelled my career top new places."

− Jamie Price, 2010 Sports Workshop

"Best series of workshops I have attended -- the experience and location make the workshop worth every penny."

− Ivan Sebborn, 2010 & 2012 Summit Nature Workshop

"Single best educational experience of my life. My head was reeling with the possibilities which are now in front of me. Brought photography to me in such a way that I can really begin to use it in my life."

− Don Estes, 2010 Summit Workshop

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Denver International Airport: DIA is your closest airport with many flight options. For this workshop, a rental car is helpful, but not essential. You may get a taxi, shuttle, or rent a car from the airport.
A rental car is encouraged, but not needed. Some venues require a short drive, however, we promote car pooling and many without cars can get everywhere they need.
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 in Spring can be hot or cool so bring shorts and pants, sunscreen/hat, and comfortable shoes (!!) to work in. 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 May weather can range from 30-80 degrees — most of the time in the middle. The most important item is sunscreen as you’re closer to the sun! Also, we have the occasional rain or snowstorm — it won’t last all day — but be prepared for a random change in weather. Tornadoes and lightning are seldom, but can happen.

Workshop HQ

This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction and receptions.

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Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.


  • Basic Lighting Instruction
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Group Brainstorm, Sketch, Ideas
  • Student Work with Models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Social Gathering


  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Social Gathering


  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Closing Dinner presented by Nikon

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