Summit Adventure Workshop
Jackson Hole | September 19 - 24, 2015

Feel the Rush

Take your visuals to the edge of originality.
If you like the outdoors and don't mind
a little mud, then this workshop is for you!

Make Your Adventure

Our fastest growing workshop of the Series, the Summit Adventure 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 Next Level is Here

The world of adventure sports has exploded and continues to give us the most jaw-dropping visuals as we document extreme athletes push the boundaries.

Personal Faculty

Sit down 1-on-1 with professional nature enthusiasts, editorials gurus, and world-famous photographers from places like National Geographic.

The True Outdoors

Hosted in Grand Teton Park, the outdoor options are endless. From rock climbing to kayaking and river rafting, we will drop in the perfect scenarios to capture the scene.

The Summit Community

The networking comes in all shapes and sizes throughout the week. At the Adventure Workshop, it is extremely casual and in-turn, extremely successful. Hard to beat!

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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


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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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.

"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
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.

Jackson Hole 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 but not needed, but can be helpful on your own time and to get back and forth. Many venues are within the Jackson Hole Ski Resort and others have Workshop transportation provided.

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 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.

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!”.

Workshop HQ

This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction,receptions, and Nikon & Manufacture rooms.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Inn at Jackson Hole

3345 West Village Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025
(800) 842-7666


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


  • Intro to Digital Photography
  • Speedlights – On & Off-Camera Flash
  • Digital Workflow with Adobe
  • Welcome Reception


  • On-Location: Mountain Biking/Trail Running
  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Anatomy of a Commercial Photo Shoot
  • Class: Tips & Tricks of Life on the Road
  • On-Location: dSLR Video Shoot
  • On-Location: Yoga Shoot
  • Night Presentation


  • Image Critiques
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • On-Location Shoot: Rock Climbing
  • Image Critiques
  • Night Presentation


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


  • Class: Pitching an Idea 
  • Class: Social Media for Photographers
  • Class: The Business of Adventure Photography
  • Class: Multimedia Storytelling
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Camping Shoot
  • On-location: Fireside Talk


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

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