Summit Lighting

Location: Denver, CO

Dates: June 20 – 23, 2019

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,695

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.

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.

What To Know

The workshop hotel is the Springhill Suites, conveniently located near our workshop classroom. Follow the previous link or call and mention the “SUMMIT LIGHTING WORKSHOP” to receive our group rate.

A rental car is encouraged but not required. We promote car pooling and many without cars can get everywhere they need.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to customize your experience based on what you hope to learn and which shoots are most interesting. 

Topics We Will Cover










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

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.

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.


Jen Pottheiser

Workshop Faculty

Jennifer Pottheiser is a commercial photographer based in the New York area. Often photographing with athletes and entertainers, Ms. Pottheiser’s list of corporate, commercial and non-profit clients is a venerable Dream Team. She produces and shoots large scale projects for the National Basketball Association, United States Tennis Association and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s non-profit Cycle for Survival among others. Her images have appeared in countless books, publications and advertisements and her assignments have taken her throughout the world. Pottheiser’s campaign with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for the National Basketball Association was recognized as one of the best print campaigns of the decade and her work has been acknowledged industry wide including recognition with a Communication Arts Advertising Annual and a Silver International Andy award.

andrew hancock

Andrew Hancock

Workshop Faculty

Based in Indianapolis with clients from Tokyo to London, Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock is regarded as a premier action and portrait photographer. His background as a photojournalist allows him to bring a well crafted storytelling approach to his imagery in both the advertising and editorial arenas. Known for his relentless pursuit of a different perspective, he maintains a healthy addiction to location lighting and remote cameras. Andrew regularly works around the world on a wide variety of assignments. His editorial clients include Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Golf, Autoweek, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal while his roster of commercial clients include Nikon, Texas A&M Athletics, Chevrolet, Arena and many more.


Joe Lavine

Workshop Faculty

Joe Lavine is a photographer, author, and, educator based in Colorado. As an award-winning commercial photographer, Joe has been fortunate to be able to blend his passions for detail with his love for lighting and photography. His clients include, Coors, General Mills, Pillsbury, General Motors, and Wells Fargo Bank. Along with his commercial work, he taught college for twenty-plus years and as the Manager of Educational Services for Profoto US, provided photography and lighting demonstrations at top universities. Joe is the co-author of the book Light Right: Learn How to Create Images, Set Up a Studio, and Launch your Career and the follow up Lighting for Professional Photography is set to release in 2019.

JC Carey

Workshop Faculty - Nikon Professional Services

Joseph ``JC`` Carey is a dad, educator, traveler, troublemaker, and lifelong image maker. He lives in the NYC area and is the Nikon Professional Services representative for the Northeast United States. After retiring from the New York City Police Department, he had a lighting class bestowed upon him as a gift for his 33rd birthday. That gift changed everything. From someone that barely took pictures of people and knew nothing about lighting he dove headfirst into trying to figure out how to light everything. The last 14 years have passed with him being blessed with a daughter, a career doing what he loves, multiple magazine covers, and with meeting amazing people and trying to create great images of them. The art of photography and taking pictures is his passion but the ability to make a photograph and create his vision is what truly drives him.

Visit his Instagram @JCPhotoMedia
His website is

Mark Kettenhofen

Mark Kettenhofen

Workshop Faculty - Nikon Professional Services

Mark has been behind a camera for nearly 40-years and began his photography career in the US Navy documenting the Navy’s global operations as a Syracuse University trained photojournalist. During his 20-years of military service Mark travel the world capturing historical moments with his camera. His efforts and talent were recognized through numerous awards, including being awarded the prestigious Military Photographer of the Year. Mark now works for Nikon Professional Services where he has spent almost 20-years continuing his passion for adventure, travel and photography which has taken him on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, the Galapagos Islands, diving with Humpback Whales off the coast of south and central America, and traveling deep into the jungles of the Amazon River basin for non-profit ECO groups. For 20-years he has been the Black Team Leader for the Eddie Adams Workshop, covered numerous Olympics, World Cups, Super Bowls and Presidential Inaugurations, and is the co-author of America from 500-feet II, a photographic exploration of the United States from the air with dear friend Bill Fortney.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Workshop Highlights:

Professional Instruction on Lighting, Marketing, Working With Editors, and the Professional Photography Market

Premiere Networking Opportunities

Photograph a Variety of Subjects in Different Settings

Become Exposed and Comfortable With the Full Array of On/Off Camera Lighting 

Spend Several Days With An Amazing Group of Likeminded Photographers


Costs Included In Tuition:

Activity Fees, Location Fees, Welcome Meals (details will be on your itinerary)


Not Included:

Hotels, Most Meals

Workshop Itinerary


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




Will begin at approx. 3:00 P.M.

Tech Talk


Evening Presentation



Basic Lighting Instruction

Instructor Demo Shoot

Group Brainstorm, Sketch, Ideas

Student Work with Models

Instructor Presentation

Social Gathering



Upload and Q&A


Instructor Demo Shoot

Student work with models

Instructor Presentation

Social Gathering



Upload and Q&A


Instructor Demo Shoot

Student work with models

Instructor Presentation

Closing Dinner presented by Nikon

 Ends at approx. 10:00 P.M.