Location: Jackson, Wyoming

Dates: September 16-21, 2017

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,995

Action and Adventure Junkies Rejoice!

 Set out on a photography journey in the Grand Tetons with our faculty of adventure photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more. Work with the expert photographers and learn the shooting and scouting techniques that they use to land their images in top publications, meet the editors behind some of the world’s most daring photography expeditions and learn how they hire photographers, and even spend a night camping with the faculty as you network with them throughout the workshop. 

In this workshop, you’ll be exposed to every aspect of adventure photography, from adventure and outdoor sports photography to product and outdoor commercial photography. The Adventure Workshop is for photographers of all ages and skill levels, and although some hiking is required, there is no recommended minimum level of fitness.

The workshop classroom is located at Snow King Resort Hotel.

What you’ll learn:

The Business of Adventure Photography.
How to Shoot Trail Running, Climbing, Kayaking, Lifestyle, and more!
How to Light Outdoor Action and Adventure Sports.
How to Pitch an Adventure/Expedition Shoot to an Editor.
How to Effectively Shoot Outdoor Product Photography.
Filmmaking Techniques.
How to Solve Real Life Problems On-Location.
Freelance Photography, How to Sell Your Photos

10
Years Running
9
Expert Instructors on Faculty
3:1
Student:Instructor Ratio

2017 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS 

Rich Clarkson - Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson

Workshop Founder

The founder of Photography at the Summit. His Denver-based company packages books, uses new technology to manage photographic and publishing ventures for such diverse groups as the Denver Broncos football team and Colorado Rockies baseball team, and serves as consultant to a variety of companies, publishers and foundations.

Corey Rich - Adventure Photography Workshop

Corey Rich

Workshop Faculty

Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich is one of the world’s most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea.

Brad Smith

Workshop Faculty

Most recently, Brad Smith was the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated — which amounted to a full circle, for he began his career in picture editing/administration as one of the crew of picture editors at the magazine more than 25 years ago. Over the years and in between, he was the photo editor and assistant director for the White House during the Clinton Administration, and for twelve years, he was sports picture editor of The New York Times. He is the founder of Brad Smith Creative, a visual consulting group.

Lucas Gilman - Adventure Photography Workshop

Lucas Gilman

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador, after early years in newspaper journalism his love of the outdoors transitioned his work to build a career in adventure photography. Traveling the world in search of untouched places and wild experiences, Lucas captures images ranging from kayaking in India, Brazil, Uganda and Costa Rica to backcountry skiing in Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Alaska, and South America.

Sadie Quarrier - Adventure Photography Workshop

Sadie Quarrier

Workshop Faculty

Sadie Quarrier is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Magazine where she is in charge of adventure stories in addition to editing a diverse range of other genres. She is also a voting member on the National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council and Young Explorer’s Grant Committee, both of which fund a variety of media-driven projects. An energetic and dedicated editor, Sadie started working at the Geographic in 1992, left to work as a Photo Editor and Designer at Smithsonian Magazine in 1998, and returned a few years later as a Photo Editor for NG Books where she helped produce over a dozen books, two of which received national awards.

Keith Ladzinski

Keith Ladzinski

Workshop Faculty

An attendee of the pilot Adventure Photography Workshop that pushed his career to new heights these past few years. With a range of work that spans from mountain bike expeditions for Men’s Journal, fashion shoots for Frontier Airlines, traveling with a Shao Lin Grandmaster through China, big wall first ascents, great white shark breaching in South Africa, to ice climbing on the front page of the New York Times, Keith Ladzinski’s work is both eclectic and global. Having completed countless assignments in his short professional career, Keith has photographed some of the most remote locations on the earth and knows what it takes to break in to the market in today’s competitive field.

Scott Willson - Adventure Photography Workshop

Scott Willson

Workshop Faculty

Scott has shot commercially on six continents in over thirty countries. Some of his clients include The North Face, Eastern Mountain Sports and Mountain Hardwear. Scott was Climbing Magazine’s first senior contributing photographer and his work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Outside and Popular Photography. He has also won four PDN ‘Best Of’ Awards for my work.

Ryan Taylor - Adventure Photography Workshop

Ryan Taylor

Workshop Faculty

Ryan is an action sports photographer and commercial cinematographer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing on wakeboarding and snowboarding, Ryan strive's to create something new and unique every time he shoots -- this often means implementing new lighting techniques as well as working with athletes to think of new creative ways to showcase their sports.

Jen Edney

Jen Edney

Workshop Faculty

Jen Edney is a certified water baby, adventure photojournalist, storyteller, sailor, traveler, problem solver, family girl and dog lover. She specializes in adventure and sailing photojournalism. Combining action shots with human interest, she strives to show her subjects from special and surprising angles. Over the past few years she has immersed herself in the sailing lifestyle, logging more than 40,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 30 countries to tell their stories.

Dave Black

Dave Black

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador and one of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Dave Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he’s currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.

Bob Smith - Summit Photography Workshops

Bob Smith

Workshop Faculty

Bob Smith creates fine wildlife portraits, environmental, and landscape images. He travels extensively throughout the year, conducting both wildlife field photo workshops and classroom sessions on digital workflow. His work covers locations in Antarctica, Africa, Alaska, Canada and the western United States. His images have appeared in publications including those from National Geographic, Nikon, Nature Photographer and Conservation Society. Smith was formerly the Director of Mangelsen Stock Images and has published two books, “Alaska to the Arctic” and “Antarctica – Land of Ice”.

Bo Bridges

Bo Bridges

Workshop Faculty

Bo Bridges is a world-renowned advertising and fine art photographer. His passion for adventure drives the dynamic imagery he produces. His portfolio covers a spectrum of subjects ranging from professional athletes and celebrity portraits, to film and television campaigns, as well as beautiful scenes from around the world that are sold in his galleries located in Manhattan Beach, California and Vail, Colorado.

Ron Taniwaki - Summit Photography Workshops

Ron Taniwaki

Workshop Faculty

With over 30 years in professional photography, Ron currently serves as a Nikon Professional Markets Technical Representative. Providing training to News, Magazine, Sports, Adventure, and Wildlife photographers on how to utilize the features of their equipment. Ron teaches forensic photography and photographs aerospace photography, like shuttle and rocket launches for example. If there is something Ron doesn’t know about camera technologies, settings and techniques, than no one knows. Ron likes to joke that he has a job because people won’t read their camera manual.

TESTIMONIALS

The diverse group of brilliant instructors combined with image critiques, photo shoots and lessons in the field and classroom, as well as a beautiful setting provided me with the opportunity to challenge myself while learning how to push my photography forward.

Amanda Swinhart

I learned more from this workshop than I have in my 6 years of photography classes. The networking opportunities were endless for me, and I left the workshop with a portfolio I would feel confident giving to an employer.

Paige Stingley

In between the high-caliber instructors, variety of awesome shooting scenarios, and the time and energy given by the staff to the students, you'll get an experience here at the Summit Workshop that will be unmatched.

Tom Colvin

SCHEDULE

ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

To view a PDF of last year’s schedule, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.

ADVENTURE DAY 1

  • DSLR – Cameras in Action Configuration
  • Speedlights – On & Off-Camera Flash
  • Digital Workflow and Post Processing
  • Welcome Reception

ADVENTURE DAY 2

  • On-Location: Mountain Biking, Trail Running and/or Lifestyle
  • Image Critiques
  • Anatomy of a Commercial Photo Shoot
  • On-Location: dSLR Video Shoot
  • On-Location: Yoga Shoot
  • Night Presentation

ADVENTURE DAY 3

  • Image Critiques
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • On-Location: Rock Climbing Shoot
  • On-Location: Mountain Biking, Trail Running and/or Lifestyle
  • Night Presentation

ADVENTURE DAY 4

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

ADVENTURE DAY 5

  • Social Media for Photographers
  • The Business of Adventure Photography
  • Multimedia Storytelling/New Media
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Camping Shoot – Lifestyle/Trail Running
  • Location Scouting/Shoot Logistics
  • On-Location: Fireside Talk and Life on Road

ADVENTURE DAY 6

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

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

Come on an adventure and spend a week with top adventure photography experts as you photograph rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, camping, outdoor lifestyle, and more! Instruction includes outdoor action sports and lifestyle photography, outdoor commercial and product photography, filmmaking, the business of adventure photography, and more! Instructors include photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more!

Workshop tuition includes all workshop instruction and events, access to Nikon equipment for use during the workshop, transportation to events during the workshop, and some meals.

Workshop tuition does not include travel before and after workshop, lodging during the workshop, and most meals.

Snow King Hotel

400 E. Snow King Ave
Jackson, WY 83001

  • This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction, receptions, and Nikon & Manufacture rooms.
  • *Follow THIS LINK for discounted hotel group rate.
  • 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.
  • Idaho Falls 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.
  • Transportation will be provided to workshop events, so having a rental car is not necessary. However, if you want transportation for times before, after and in between workshop events, a rental car may be a good option.
  • 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 Jackson Hole, WY is the wide range of weather possibilities. That includes some days of clear skies and sunshine, possible snow, some cold, and everywhere 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!”.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES

Advance your Adventure Photography skills even further.

Summit Online is our online photography education platform that offers a variety of high quality video courses taught by experts.

Camping Lifestyle with Ryan Taylor

Familiarize yourself with how to perform a successful commercial outdoor lifestyle shoot before you arrive at the Adventure Workshop and try it first-hand.  Our Summit Online photography course, Camping Lifestyle with Ryan Taylor, brings you to a remote location in the Grand Tetons for a mock commercial camping shoot. Ryan goes over the various elements and challenges that shooting outdoors can produce as well as certain techniques to get the perfect shot that blends product positioning and candid moments. Camping Lifestyle with Ryan Taylor includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Setting Up for the Shoot
  • Lesson Two: Working with Models
  • Lesson Three: Portrait Shoot In-Action – Part 1
  • Lesson Four: Portrait Shoot In-Action – Part 2
  • Lesson Five: Computer Editing

Shooting Products with Tim Kemple

Arrive at the Adventure Workshop already having a grasp on how to properly shoot outdoor products and commercial photography. Our Summit Online photography course, Shooting Products with Tim Kemple, will take you on a mock commercial running assignment for Adidas at the base of the Grand Tetons. Tim will go through key techniques on how to shoot several types of product photography as well as innovative editing techniques that will help your images truly stand out. Shooting Products with Tim Kemple includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Commercial Shoot Setup
  • Lesson Two: Product Shoot #1: Action
  • Lesson Three: Product Shoot #2: Product Portrait
  • Lesson Four: Computer Editing

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