February 28 - March 8, 2019 | Colombia
Join conservation photographers Clay Bolt and Morgan Heim on a spectacular workshop into the
remote Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern Colombia.
Hawaii Photography Workshop
February 6 - 11, 2019 | Oahu, Hawaii
Join Summit Workshops on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu for a spectacular travel photography workshop
focusing on sports, nature, and culture.
Amazon Rainforest & Manu National Park
2019 Dates Coming Soon | Peru
Travel deep into Peru's Amazon Basin on an unforgettable photography workshop
in search of wildlife, culture, and adventure.
Sports Photography Workshop
July 10 - 15, 2019 | Denver, CO
Come join a team of sports shooters and editors from Sports Illustrated, AP, and more!
Learn remote camera setups, sports lighting and high speed sync, the business of sports photography, and much more!
July 21 - 26, 2019 | Silver Salmon Creek, AK
Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska with elite nature photographers Melissa Groo and Michael Forsberg as you photograph incredible Alaskan wildlife and scenic landscapes.
Adventure Photography Workshop
Sept 14 - 19, 2019 | Jackson, WY
Thrill-seekers and adventure-junkies rejoice! Join a team of photographers and editors from National
Geographic, The North Face, Red Bull and more as you capture extreme sports and outdoor lifestyle photography.
Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop
September 22 - 27, 2019 | Jackson, WY
Our longest-running workshop of the series! Join an acclaimed team of instructors including National Geographic photographers,
wildlife and photojournalism editors, and the greatest minds in the industry, as you capture the best of nature and wildlife in Jackson, WY.
Sports Photography California Workshop
November 7 - 10, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA
Enjoy your favorite things about the Sports Workshop - an elite faculty, a wide selection of sporting events, networking,
and more - NOW IN CALIFORNIA! Join Nikon Ambassadors and elite sports shooters and capture the best of the west coast.
The Best of Learning with Nikon
Our partnership with Nikon Professional Services has been one of our longest relationships in the lifetime of our 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 photography workshops, Nikon allows photographers to learn and improve on the latest equipment. They provide in-person technical support as well as consignment bodies and lenses for use throughout the workshop time. All participants, whether they are Nikon shooters or not, are able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Why Be a Part of the Summit?
The Summit Series of Photography Workshops represents the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. Our premier workshops combine the best instruction in photography and latest digital technologies with top-level creativity and the best career networking available anywhere. This has led to over 30 years of successful Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.
With Summit Online, we are able to bring you the same premier photography education without you having to leave your own home. Enjoy these high-end online photo courses on your own time from any device!
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.
For over three decades, we have brought the most elite photographers, editors, and creatives from all over the country and abroad to be a part of our unique ‘team-teaching’ workshops.
Workshop alumni regard the Summit networking as the best tool to jumpstart a career, collaborate on new ideas, and build a rolodex of top-notch creatives.
Bring our top-tier workshops home with you and watch our high-quality online photography courses that cover topics from editing to engagement photography to photo research.
Purchase your full workshop tuition now or purchase a deposit and pay the remainder before the workshop.
The most popular Sports Photography Workshop in America is now in California! Enjoy all the same things you love about the Sports Workshop – an elite faculty of instructors, a multitude of sporting events to photograph, and a slew of learning and networking opportunities – now combined with the sunshine of the west coast. In this exclusive workshop, you’ll be in smaller groups and will have more one-on-one time with a team of instructors that include Nikon Ambassadors and some of the most prolific sports shooters in the world. In addition to photographing several sports like college football, college soccer, college water polo, surfing and more, you’ll also learn shooting techniques, remote camera installation, portrait lighting, and the business of freelance sports photography. Our Sports workshop is for shooters of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.
Bring your photography out of the darkness with the nation’s top lighting experts. Do not just learn about lighting equipment, learn how to effectively use that equipment in different settings to capture creative and portfolio-ready images. In this class, you’ll go on-location to learn high speed sync and lighting for action and sports, you’ll go through the entire lighting setup for studio portraits, and you’ll learn how to create a unique style with your photography using lighting. Our Lighting workshop is not highly-technical in nature, and photographers at all levels from novice to professional are welcome.
Cross the finish line and attend the most popular sports photography workshop in America. You’ll be accompanied by an elite team of instructors that include photographers and editors from national and local organizations, as well as freelance photographers. In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a multitude of sports while learning sports photography shooting techniques, remote camera setups, creative lighting setups, and the business of freelance sports photography. Our Sports workshop is for shooters of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.
Action and adventure junkies rejoice! Embark on a photography adventure in the Grand Tetons with a team of adventure photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more. Don’t simply follow expert adventure photographers on a journey; learn the shooting and scouting techniques from them that you can use to create your own adventure, and even spend a night camping and networking with them. In this class, you’ll learn to shoot adventure sports like rock climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and trail running, while also learning how to shoot outdoor lifestyle and product photography. The Adventure workshop is for photographers of all skill levels, and although some hiking is required, there is no recommended level of fitness.
The Nature workshop, also called Photography at the Summit, is the longest-running workshop in the Summit series. It brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors — many from National Geographic — and combines it with the beautiful setting of the Grand Tetons. This workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn from, photograph alongside, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help with your career development. While many nature workshops provide you with an opportunity to shoot outstanding nature photos, we take it one step further by truly offering you a chance to both expand your portfolio and to expand your network. Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on conservation photography, freelance photography, and marketing and software/technology.
Purchase your full workshop tuition now or purchase a deposit and pay the remainder before the workshop.
It’s time to fly! Join elite nature photographers Michael Forsberg, Melissa Groo, and Dave Showalter along the Platte River in Nebraska to photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations. For millions of years, Sandhill Cranes have migrated through North America on their way to breeding grounds up North, and the Platte River in Nebraska has long been one of their landing destinations. In this workshop, you’ll be immersed in the blind and have ample opportunity to capture stunning images of cranes and other wildlife.
Join Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo as they lead a small, select group of intrepid travelers into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Photography has the power to tell a story and to affect conservation. Although we may see and photograph bears (black bears and grizzly bears), this tour is not about getting frame-filling shots of bears; it’s about engaging with and documenting the countless things that make up this ecosystem, from the large, luminous jellyfish, to the fin of a humpback whale scything the water, to the salmon skeletons found deep in the forest, picked clean. We’ll photograph sweeping vistas of valleys carved by glaciers, and gigantic hemlock trees dripping with “old man’s beard.” We will venture deep into old-growth rainforest, guided by expect trackers who will point out to us the plants and animals that make this ecosystem so special, and we’ll trek into valleys marked by meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams. Back at the lodge we’ll spend time with the First Nations people that are working hard to conserve this area, discovering what the threats are what they’re doing to combat them.
Deposit: $3,000 / Tuition: $7,595
Because space is limited, please CALL to register for this workshop!
Photograph the incredible bears and coastal landscapes of Alaska as you take an adventure around Katmai National Park in the Coastal Explorer, an 80-foot-long motor yacht. This trip will maximize exposure to bears and other animals by offering high maneuverability on the yacht. We’ll be able to investigate many areas, such as Geographic Harbor, Hallo Bay, Kukak Bay, and Kinak Bay, to visit those with the most bear activity. Our time will be maximized with the bears, so if the weather is good we will be with them all day. This is a very unique way to experience Katmai and will surely be once in a life time!