Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Dates: September 22-27, 2019
Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $2,595
Photography at the Summit
The Nature and Wildlife 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. Our faculty offers a wide-variety of photography knowledge, so a student may go shoot in the morning with an expert nature photographer, review their work in the afternoon with a professional editor, then go over their editing process with a tech expert.
This workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn from, photograph alongside, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help them with their 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.
The workshop classroom is located at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The workshop hotel is the Alpine House, call and mention the Summit Nature Workshop for the discounted group rate.
What you’ll learn:
Composition and Nature Photography Techniques.
Photographing Jackson, WY and the Grand Tetons.
Conservation in Photography and Photojournalism.
Social Media and Marketing Techniques.
Building and Organizing your Portfolio.
Freelance and the Business of Nature Photography.
*Summit Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service*
2019 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Melissa is a wildlife photographer, writer, speaker, and educator. She's a contributing editor to Audubon magazine, writes a column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. She speaks and writes extensively on issues of ethics and conservation in wildlife photography, and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Melissa was Chair of the Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association from 2014-2018. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, such as Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Natural History. Melissa is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and has a long-term gallery at Audubon Greenwich in Connecticut.
One of the National Geographic’s most prolific and talented photographers, Bill Allard’s artistry has resulted in some of the Geographic’s most memorable stories and individual pictures from the American West to the streets of Paris, France. Full of vigor, Allard’s critiques are classics and his no-mince-words approach embraces insightful and useful advice.
Jim has work appearing regularly in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler in addition to Geographic books. Jim is on assignment for Nat Geo projects almost full time and for good reason. Richardson, a onetime newspaper photographer in Kansas and Colorado, brings amazing story-telling techniques along with detailed research to his pictures. Thirty years ago, he began photographing the area around his hometown in north central Kansas.
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 lightpainting and creating an entirely unique style of photography.
Jen is a photojournalist and ecologist, currently completing a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship in Mozambique. She is a National Geographic Explorer and an iLCP Fellow, and she holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She has spent most of the last ten years doing storytelling and conservation work in Africa, where she worked with baboons in Tanzania, meerkats in South Africa, hippos in Kenya, termites in Namibia, and bats and antelope in Mozambique. Her photography has appeared in BBC Wildlife, NationalGeographic.com, bioGraphic.com, NYTimes.com, Audubon Magazine, and others. She has won a number of awards, including in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best Photography, and Big Picture Natural World photo competitions.
Mike is a senior fellow with the iLCP who has focused his career on North America's Great Plains, its prairie wildlife, and watersheds. His work has appeared in National Geographic and Outdoor Photographer, and his books On Ancient Wings and Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild have been turned into documentary films for PBS. Mike is co-founder of the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, and currently serves as faculty with the University of Nebraska.
Some of the National Geographic’s most unusual stories have been done by this photographer who brings a unique and artistic approach to her work over many years on the magazine staff. Her book, “Geisha,” written and photographed in Japan was widely acclaimed for its beauty and insight. Most recently, she photographed a very different and tough story about human bondage in its many forms from slavery to trade in children. Jodi has also recently become an Associate Fellow of the iLCP.
Dave Showalter is based in Colorado and focused on the American West. Dave has published two books – Sage Spirit, The American West at A Crossroads by Braided River (2015); and the award-winning Prairie Thunder by Skyline Press (2007). Dave's photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, Wilderness, Colorado Life and elsewhere.
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.
Wes Pitts is the editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine and the editorial director for Madavor Media’s Creative Division, which also publishes Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro magazines. Wes has been with OP and its sister publications since 1998, working in a variety of editorial roles. He has a passion for collaborating with photographers and writers to share compelling stories about the art of photography and employing the medium to create awareness and inspire conservation of wild places. Wes is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in photography.
Morgan (Mo) Heim raises a camera for one purpose – to capture moments in an animal’s life that will make us consider what that life means. Inevitably, those stories involve people as much as wildlife. How we treat them. Why we need them. What we love, or hate about them. Mo, used to work as a wildlife ecologist for NOAA on things like killer whale surveys and the Elwha Dam Removal project. She later earned a Master’s in environmental journalism and is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). She has covered endangered fishing cats and shrimp farm development, and the environmental impacts of marijuana grows in our nation’s forests. In 2016, she became a National Geographic grantee for her collaboration on urban coyotes. Her photographic work has appeared in outlets such as Smithsonian, Discover, NationalGeographic.com, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and bioGraphic.com.
Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-founder of PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. Allen previously served as a founding employee and Senior Vice President of Engineering at HotJobs.com.
Kim Hubbard is a native Tennessean who has worked as a photo editor for National Geographic, Audubon, and the Obama White House. She has photographed everything from lemurs in Madagascar, to NASCAR at Talladega, to an amusement park in North Korea. She recently moved to the Berkshires to take over the reigns at the Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse.
This is by far the best workshop of its kind. No where will you find a more talented group of instructors who genuinely care about turning their students into better photographers.Jennifer Leigh Warner
The Summit Workshop has no equal; the instructors, staff and other students all ensure that your photography improves measurably during the time you are there, and beyond. It is the best photographic education you can get in such a short time.David Fink
The Summit Nature Workshop is the best workshop I've been to thus far! The talent and level of expertise in the instructors and the staff is amazing! To have all of that knowledge together in one place and the networking that goes on is priceless! I'm already planning my next trip!Stephanie Adams
I'm back at work but still thinking about my incredible experience in Wyoming. It's the perfect location to be inspired and we were there at such a magical time. I had an amazing week learning from some of the most talented photographers and other experts in the business. The passion that these photographers have for the work that they do is so contagious! After talking one on one with some of them, it's become clear now what I need to do. I've already started turning over stones to make a project I had swirling around in my head happen. I discovered a lot about myself and what I need to be doing with my photography. I need to use it to make a difference in the things that I'm most passionate about. Thank you Summit Series for Photography Workshops for the opportunity.Karin Saucedo
The Nature Summit was informative, exciting and exhilarating; I loved every minute of each photo opportunity! The landscape was superb!Timothy Wilson
The Nature and Wildlife Workshop provides for an amazing destination photography experience. Jackson Hole provides innumerable opportunities for capturing amazing images but, without excellent guidance and leadership, navigating millions of acres of protected lands to do so can become overwhelming. Clarkson Creative and the team at The Summit Photography Workshops provide participants with access to an incredible faculty, an exceptionally dedicated staff, and an education experience second to none. This won’t be my last workshop with this amazing organization.Dylan Pearcy
Extraordinary number of world-class nature photographers surrounded by stunning landscape and abundant wildlife made this an exceptional week of learning.William Folsom
NATURE 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.
NATURE DAY 1
- Intro to Digital Photography
- Approaching Wildlife Photography
- Welcome Reception
NATURE DAY 2
- Class: Advanced Hands-on DSLR
- Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
- Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
- Portfolio Reviews
- On-Location: Grand Teton, Mormon Row
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 3
- On-Location: Sunrise, Wildlife
- On-Location: OxBow Bend, Mormon Row
- Image Critiques
- Class: Camera Care & Cleaning Tips
- Class: Off-Camera Lighting
- Class: Light Painting
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 4
- On-Location: Fall Changing Colors
- On-Location: Teton National Park
- Image Critiques
- Class: Ultimate Digital Light Table
- Class: Printing from Photoshop & Lightroom
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 5
- On-Location: Capture wildlife
- On-Location: Jenny Lake
- Image Critiques
- Class: Marketing for Photographers
- Night Presentation
NATURE DAY 6
- On Location: TBD
- Image Critiques
- Class: Approaching Editors
- Instructor Roundtable
- Final Dinner
- Photographers’ Social
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP HELPFUL LINKS
- HOST HOTEL – The Alpine House, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- The Lexington, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- Wort Hotel
- Parkway Inn, Mention “Summit Nature Workshop” for discounted rate.
- Rustic Inn
THINGS TO DO
Also called Photography at the Summit, the Nature workshop combines the the beautiful natural setting of Jackson Hole, WY with the expert information advice from an all-star cast of instructors. Capture stunning images of the Grand Tetons and an abundance of wildlife including bears, moose, elk, bison, and more, while you’re given instruction, portfolio reviews, and networking opportunities from a team of photographers and editors from National Geographic, NPPA, The Washington Post, and more!
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 and lodging info, continue to the next tabs.
285 Glenwood St
Jackson, WY 83001
- This will be the hotel for the workshop. Most faculty and participants will be staying here.
2820 Rungius Road
- This will be the headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction,receptions, and Nikon & Manufacture rooms.
- 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.
- 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!”.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES
Advance your Nature Photography skills even further.
National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson
Get the most out of your Nature & Wildlife Workshop by learning how to properly research the location your traveling to and approaching the “story” like a National Geographic photographer would. Our Summit Online photography course, National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson, takes you where very few have ever been before — behind the yellow border. Jim brings you inside many of his Geographic stories and what ties them all together: his research. Get into the mind of a Nat Geo photographer as you prepare to meet the Nature Workshop faculty that includes several Geographic veterans. National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson includes the following lessons:
- Lesson One: Finding a Topic, Pitching a Story
- Lesson Two: Starting a Mock Research Topic
- Lesson Three: Getting into the Details & Outline
- Lesson Four: The Actual Shoot
The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi
Prepare for your Nature & Wildlife Workshop by learning how to properly upload and market the photos you capture while you’re there. Our Summit Online photography course, The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi, takes you on a journey through the digital world that drives today’s creative industry. As a Co-Founder of the unique website Photoshelter.com, Allen provides you with online tools that can better your freelance photography business and personal processes relating to photography and other creative realms. The Digital World with Allen Murabayashi includes the following lessons:
- Lesson One: Overview of Media & Industry
- Lesson Two: The Business of Photography
- Lesson Three: Photoshelter tool : Photo Management
- Lesson Four: Search Engine Optimization, Analytics, Bounce Rates and More
- Sort Portfolio:
- Adventure Faculty
- Alaska Faculty
- Cover-Great Bears
- Cover-Sports Cali
- Great Bears
- Lighting Faculty
- Nature Faculty
- Past Faculty
- Photos from Workshops
- Sandhill Cranes Faculty
- Sports California
- Sports Faculty