Nature Workshop
Jackson Hole | Sept. 25 - 30, 2016

You Are There

Go out into the most beautiful and wild areas
of Wyoming, catch the sunrise and lightpaint at night.

Capture the Moment

Nestled in America's backyard, come document
the best nature & wildlife visuals with the
peak of fall colors as a backdrop.

The Best Nature has to Offer

Our longest running of the Series, the Summit Nature Workshop, brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors, many from National Geographic. 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. Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on conservation photography, marketing & freelance photography, and software/technology education.

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.

LightingNew workshop

$ 1395

Per Month
  • April 2016 (Dates TBD)
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Denver, CO
  • Advanced techniques
  • Small faculty-student ratio
  • 10% Discount Applicable

SportsMost Popular

$ 1950

Per Month
  • July 2016 (Dates TBD)
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Professional Baseball Games
  • 10% Discount Applicable

Alaskasmall group

$ 6995

Per Month
  • JULY 15 – 19, 2016
  • Includes housing & food
  • Silver Salmon Creek Lodge
  • Habitat of brown bears, bald eagles, and more
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
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AdventureFastest Growing

$ 1950

Per Month
  • SEPT 19 – 24, 2015
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Rock Climb, Kayak, and more
  • Night of camping
  • 10% Discount Applicable

NatureLongest running

$ 2350

Per Month
  • SEPT 27 – OCT 2, 2015
  • $395 Refundable Deposit*
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • On-location in Grand Tetons
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • 10% Discount Applicable

TanzaniaA True Safari

$ 10,500

Per Month
  • MARCH 5-18, 2016
  • Most meals, all transfers included
  • Serengeti
  • Game drives in desert, crater areas
  • Lions, elephants, giraffes, and more
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Be One with Nature

Hosted in Grand Teton Country, there are countless animals and beautiful scenics no matter the time of day. Throw in the changing fall colors and it is an amazing spectacle!

Personal Faculty

Sit down 1-on-1 with world-famous photographers from places like National Geographic, editorial, and professional nature enthusiasts. Get the opinions from the best in the business!

On-Location Mentoring

Our dedicated faculty brings you the best knowledge out-in-the-field to help you take your craft to the next level.

The Summit Community

The networking comes in all shapes and sizes throughout the week. It is the most underrated, yet most valuable, aspect of the Summit Series that continues past the Workshop week.

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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.

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

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 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!”.

Workshop HQ

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

National Museum of Wildlife Art

2820 Rungius Road
Jackson, WY
(877) 313-9553


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


  • Intro to Digital Photography
  • Approaching Wildlife Photography
  • Photoshop/Lightroom Education
  • Welcome Reception


  • Class: Advanced Hands-on DSLR
  • Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
  • Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • On-Location: Grand Teton, Mormon Row
  • Night Presentation


  • 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


  • On-Location: Fall Changing Colors
  • On-Location: Teton National Park
  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Ultimate Digital Light Table
  • Class: Printing from Photoshop & LightRoom
  • Night Presentation


  • On-Location: Wildlife: Brown Bear, Moose, Buffalo
  • On-Location: Jenny Lake
  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Marketing for Photographers
  • Class: dSLR Video Capture Techniques
  • Night Presentation


  • On Location: TBD
  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Approaching Editors
  • Instructor Roundtable
  • Final Dinner
  • Photographers’ Social