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


Compositing 101 with Matt Hernandez

Have you ever marveled at a masterfully crafted composite image, and wished you could create something with so many elements just as polished? Or have you been compositing for some time, but looking to refresh, refine or advance your skills? Then look no further, for this course is an indispensable guide for beginners and veterans alike! In our Summit Online course, Compositing 101 with Matt Hernandez, get in-depth instruction on how to create seamless, surreal images from an expert in the industry. Graphic designer and senior portrait photographer Matt Hernandez mentors you from start to finish through the world of compositing, covering the many tools that can be used throughout any image editing process. From creative dodging and burning, to altering existing elements in the single image, to custom brushes, this is an essential course you don’t want to miss! Compositing 101 with Matt Hernandez includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Concept Creation
  • Lesson Two: Placement and Layout
  • Lesson Three: Clean Up and Cloning
  • Lesson Four: Advanced Dodge and Burn
  • Lesson Five: Selections and Cut-Outs
  • Lesson Six: Creating the Background
  • Lesson Seven: Adding Elements
  • Lesson Eight: Creating Realistic Shadows
  • Lesson Nine: Creating Realistic Separation
  • Lesson Ten: Color Management and Grading
  • Lesson Eleven: Custom Sharpening
  • Lesson Twelve: Final Touches and Export

Portrait Lighting with Joey Terrill

Join Nikon Ambassador Joey Terrill as you learn to work with models and lighting equipment to create stunning, lit portraits. 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 portraits, it will also introduce you to working with a high-caliber athlete and how to accurately pose your subject. This course is perfect for any photographer looking to make more professional-looking portraits, looking to integrate lighting equipment into their shoots, or looking for new ways to work with models and athletes. 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 Art of the Engagement Session with Tallie Johnson

Learn how to capture love with your lens from an elite wedding and engagement photographer! Our Summit Online photography course, The Art of the Engagement Session with Tallie Johnson, teaches you how to expertly conduct an engagement photography session from start to finish. Go in-depth on how to approach your client and approach your shoot day so that you will be completely prepared for what is to come. This course covers how to first meet with the couple and demonstrates helpful tools on how to make the initial meeting beneficial for both sides. Tallie also takes you on location to a beautiful mountain scene and shows you the steps needed to create intimate and timeless portraits for your couple. She then moves into her studio and covers her selection process and how she would edit and sweeten each chosen photo. This course is essential to anyone looking to become a better and more prepared wedding and engagement photographer. The Art of the Engagement Session with Tallie Johnson includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Introduction and Gear Overview
  • Lesson Two: Couple Consultation
  • Lesson Three: On-Location // Posing
  • Lesson Four: On-Location // Details
  • Lesson Five: On-Location // Creating a Mood
  • Lesson Six: The Initial Edit // Picking Your Selects
  • Lesson Seven: Creating a Visual Portfolio
  • Lesson Eight: Client Delivery

The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session with Matt Hernandez

Join one of the nation’s best senior portrait photographers and learn how to create stunning senior portraits your clients will never forget! Our Summit Online photography course, The Ultimate Senior Portrait Session with Matt Hernandez, introduces you to the process of meeting and working with your client, how to utilize lighting equipment during your shoot, and how to take advantage of several different locations and tackle the challenges that each present. The images taken by Matt in this course are used in “The Ultimate Senior Editing Session” course to show the entire editing process that Matt uses after doing a senior portrait shoot. This course is absolutely essential to any photographer looking to improve their senior portrait photography or looking for new ideas on how to make their portraits stand out from the rest. 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

Join one of the nation’s best senior portrait photographers and former-graphic designer Matt Hernandez as you learn how to edit and post-process your photos for maximum impact. 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. This course is perfect for those looking to improve their workflow organization and their post-processing abilities. 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

Inside an Editor’s Mind with Brad Smith

Join one of the nation’s best photo editors as he walks you through what he is looking for from his photographers. Our Summit Online photography course, Inside an Editor’s Mind with Brad Smith, takes you through an Olympic Training Center aquatic arena and assesses the location to find the most optimal locations for photographers. Brad, the former Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated, walks you behind closed doors to show you the best vantage points to capture from and how to get the best photograph while you’re there. This course is perfect for any photographer looking to do work for a major publication and looking for insight on what photos are deemed desirable by editors. Inside an Editor’s Mind with Brad Smith includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Mock Assignment
  • Lesson Two: Receiving the Edit
  • Lesson Three: Editing Down Selects
  • Lesson Four: Translating to the Magazine

Working with Remotes with John McDonough

Join long-time Sports Illustrated photographer John McDonough as he walks you through the process of setting up remote cameras. Our Summit Online photography course, Working with Remotes with John McDonough, goes in depth on the setup, safety, and execution of using remote cameras to capture a live sports event. John shows you how he would setup his remotes to capture a basketball game at the official site of the Colorado College Tigers basketball team. This course is perfect for sports photographers who are looking to add the ability to setup remote cameras into their repertoire. Working with Remotes with John McDonough includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson One: Gear Overview
  • Lesson Two: How to setup a Remote
  • Lesson Three: Remote in-action Part I
  • Lesson Four: Remote in-action Part II
  • Lesson Five: Post Editing

Camping Lifestyle with Ryan Taylor

Go on an adventure with action and commercial photographer Ryan Taylor as you learn how to perform a commercial outdoor camping lifestyle shoot.  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. This course is perfect for photographers looking to break into the commercial and product photography industry. 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

Join elite outdoor and adventure photographer Tim Kemple as you learn how to creatively 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. This course is perfect for photographers looking to commercially photograph outdoor and adventure products, like those used by Patagonia, The North Face, and more. 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

National Geographic Research with Jim Richardson

Join veteran National Geographic contributor Jim Richardson as he goes through the process of preparing and researching for a photo shoot in another location.  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. Discover how a National Geographic contributor prepares for a shoot in a foreign location and prepares for the many facets of the story they hope to discover. This course is perfect for any photographer or photojournalist looking to get the most out of their photo trip. 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

Join technology-expert Allen Murabayashi as he discusses tools that photographers can utilize to vastly improve their online presence. 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. This course is perfect for photographers looking to build their online presence and utilize new digital technologies. 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