Location: Denver, Colorado

Dates: April 26 – 29, 2018

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,595

Bring Your Photography out of the Darkness.

Take your photography to new heights with the nation’s top photo lighting experts. Learn how you can vastly improve your photography and make more money by incorporating lighting equipment into your shoots. Don’t just learn about the lighting equipment itself, learn how it can be used in several different settings and scenarios to create unique and desirable photos.

  In this class, you will go on-location to learn high speed sync and lighting for action and sports, you’ll go into the studio to learn complex lighting setups for studio portraits, and you’ll go to a crossfit gym to learn you how to combine on-location and studio lighting techniques to make creatively lit action portraits. The Lighting Workshop is for photographers of all ages and skill levels, and lighting equipment will be provided.

You’ll be in a comfortable, focused and creative classroom at Massif Studios.

The workshop hotel is the TownePlace Suites, conveniently located near our workshop classroom. Call and mention the “SUMMIT LIGHTING WORKSHOP” to receive our group rate.

What you’ll learn:

The Importance of Lighting in Photography.
Lighting Equipment, Equipment Setup.
High Speed Sync, Action and Sports Lighting.
Studio and Portrait Lighting.
Culinary, Bridal, Fashion, Athlete.
How to Make More Money with Lighting.

4
Years Running
5
Expert Instructors on Faculty
4:1
Student:Instructor Ratio

2017 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Rich Clarkson - Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson

Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson is the founder of the Summit Workshops and the former director of photography and senior assistant editor of the National Geographic magazine. Rich photographed for many years for Sports Illustrated, Time and LIFE magazines. Working earlier for newspapers in Topeka, Ks. and Denver, he was named as one of the 100 most influential persons in photography by American Photo magazine.

Dave Black - Summit Lighting Workshop

Dave Black

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador, Dave Black is one of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography. 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. A wide-ranging photographer who uses light creatively, he is an outstanding teacher.

Joey Terrill - Summit Lighting Workshop

Joey Terrill

Workshop Faculty

Recently appointed as a Nikon Ambassador, Joey is a Los Angeles-based corporate and editorial photographer with a long and varied career in photography. In recent years Joey has migrated towards his passions for environmental portraits and studio/location lighting. A prior attendee of the workshops in the mid 1990s, he’s now a regular faculty member, with a talent for effectively communicating the principles of controlled lighting in terms anyone can understand. His portrait talents are regularly tapped by commercial clients as well as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People and other leading publications.

Lucas Gilman - Adventure Photography Workshop

Lucas Gilman

Workshop Faculty

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. A winner of numerous awards, Lucas regularly works with editorial clients that span the globe including: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, USA TODAY and the New York Times. His commercial clients include Nikon, Patagonia, Gore-Tex, and many others.

Matt Hernandez - Summit Lighting Workshop

Matt Hernandez

Workshop Faculty

Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”

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 the manual.

TESTIMONIALS

I am always deeply impressed with how genuine the instructors' desire to help is. I cannot emphasize that this is the reason I have come back for multiple workshops.

Rob Giersch

I can't say enough good things about the instructors, their knowledge and their willingness to share that knowledge with the students.

Anonymous

The chosen instructors were fantastic and what sold me on attending. The studio is an amazing space and simply great place to learn.

Jeffrey Camarati

SCHEDULE

 LIGHTING WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

To view a PDF of the 2017 schedulePLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.

LIGHTING DAY 1

  • Registration
    • Will begin at approx. 3:00 P.M.
  • Tech Talk
  • Reception
  • Evening Presentation

LIGHTING DAY 2

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

LIGHTING DAY 3

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

LIGHTING DAY 4

  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Closing Dinner presented by Nikon
    •  Ends at approx. 10:00 P.M.

LIGHTING HELPFUL LINKS

HOTELS

AREA INFORMATION

THINGS TO DO

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

The Summit Lighting Workshop was formed out of the growing need of today’s photographers to make their work more creative and unique to stand out from their competitors. Learn about lighting equipment, metering, adjusting exposure, high speed sync and much more while you capture stunning photos in both studio and on-location settings. No matter what type of photography you specialize in, whether its sports, wedding, food, or any other type of photography, this workshop will enhance your abilities to make unique photos that you and your clients are proud of.

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

Workshop tuition does not include travel before and after workshop, lodging during the workshop, transportation to workshop events, and most meals. For transportation info, continue to the transportation tab.

Towneplace Suites

685 Speer Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80204

  • This will be the hotel for the workshop. Most faculty and participants will be staying here.

Massif Studios

2191 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80223

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

ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES

Advance your Lighting skills even further.

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

Portrait Lighting with Joey Terrill

Want to show up at the Lighting Workshop and already have a working knowledge of location and portrait lighting? Our Summit Online photography course, Portrait Lighting with Joey Terrill, takes you into the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO to photograph a variety of portrait shoots with a USA Olympic Fencer. Not only will the course introduce you to the extensive principles of lighting, it will also introduce you to Nikon Ambassador and celebrity portrait/illustrative photographer Joey Terrill, who is an instructor at the Lighting Workshop. Portrait Lighting with Joey Terrill 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

The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session with Matt Hernandez

Before arriving at the Lighting Workshop, learn how an on-location photo shoot utilizes lighting equipment to create stunning, lit portraits. Our Summit Online photography course, The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session with Matt Hernandez, introduces you to the uses of different lighting equipment and how they can enhance your portraiture. The images taken by Matt in this course are used in “The Ultimate Senior Editing Session” to show how portraits should be edited to maximize the effectiveness of the lighting used in them. The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session with Matt Hernandez includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Introduction and Gear Overview
  • Lesson Two: Interview with the High School Senior
  • Lesson Three: Location One // Mountain Trail
  • Lesson Four: Location Two // Downtown Rooftop
  • Lesson Five: Location Three // Soccer Field
  • Lesson Six: Location Four // Photography Studio
  • Lesson Seven: Saving your work

The Ultimate Senior Editing Session with Matt Hernandez

Before arriving at the Lighting Workshop, learn how to edit and post-process your photos to maximize the effectiveness of your lighting. Our Summit Online photography course, The Ultimate Senior Editing Session with Matt Hernandez, takes you into Lightroom and Photoshop to learn how to properly manage and speed up your workflow, how to edit your photos for maximum effect, and what techniques you can use to make your lighting stand out in your photos. Matt uses the images taken in  “The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session” course from four different locations, all with their own challenges. The Ultimate Senior Editing Session with Matt Hernandez includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Introduction and Organization
  • Lesson Two: Importing Your Raw Image
  • Lesson Three: Balancing Your Image
  • Lesson Four: Cleaning Up Your Image
  • Lesson Five: Advanced Cloning to Save an Image
  • Lesson Six: Dodging and Burning to Add Shape
  • Lesson Seven: Adding Post Effects
  • Lesson Eight: File Delivery

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