Summit Sports - California

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Dates: November 7 – 10, 2019

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,695


The most popular Sports Photography Workshop in America is now in California! Enjoy all the same things you love about the Sports Workshop – an elite faculty of instructors, a multitude of sporting events to photograph, and a slew of learning and networking opportunities – now combined with the sunshine of the west coast. In this exclusive workshop, you’ll be in smaller  groups and will have more one-on-one time with a team of instructors that include Nikon Ambassadors and some of the most prolific sports shooters in the world. In addition to photographing several sports like college football, college soccer, college water polo, surfing and more, you’ll also learn shooting techniques, remote camera installation, portrait lighting, and the business of freelance sports photography. Our Sports workshop is for shooters of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.


What you’ll learn:

Settings/Techniques for Shooting Sports
How to Setup/Operate Remote Cameras
Arena Lighting and Lighting for Sports
Sports/Action Portrait Setup/Shoot
What Sports Editors are Looking For
The Business of Freelance Sports Photography

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What To Know

At this workshop you will be able to loan out the latest and greatest Nikon camera bodies and lenses from Nikon Professional Services that you can to use to photograph sporting events.

Our California Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

The workshop hotel and classroom are located at Palm Garden Hotel.

Topics We Will Cover









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.


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.


Deanne Fitzmaurice

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador, Deanne is a photojournalist and multimedia storyteller with a passion for humanitarian documentary photography, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Formerly, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has experience photographing a wide range of subjects including news, politics, sports, and entertainment.

Rod Mar

Workshop Faculty

Rod Mar is a Nikon Ambassador and acclaimed sports photographer whose career spans 25 years. He is currently the team photographer for the Seattle Seahawks and counts among his clients Sports Illustrated and ESPN. He has photographed every major sporting event in the United States as well as numerous Olympic Games. After nearly 20 years as a photojournalist at the Seattle Times, he left for a freelance career in 2009.

Maxx Wolfson

Workshop Faculty

Maxx has been one of the top editors at Getty Images for 13 years. As Managing Editor for Sport in North & South America he is onsite at the biggest sporting events all over the world. Maxx will be leading the Getty Images team at his 11th Super Bowl and then leading the editing team at his sixth Olympic games in February. He also works directly with staff and freelance photographers assigning events and hiring photographers to cover events in his region. Through his work with many sports leagues, Maxx possesses a deep institutional knowledge of the industry.

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.

Mark Terrill - Sports Photography Workshop

Mark Terrill

Workshop Faculty

One of the Associated Press’ top sports photographers, he covers sports assignments from the Los Angeles bureau. In addition to his skills as a photographer, he’s known for his technical prowess and has been innovative in his use of remote cameras and remote image transmission.

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.

Sara Wood

Nikon Professional Services

Sara Wood has over 15 years experience in the professional photography industry. In her current position as a Senior Professional Marketing Representative with NPS, Sara manages event based support, provides technical training/consulting services and customized solutions for the professional market. Sara enjoys pursuing her own photographic work, spending quality time with her family and trying keep her garden alive. She is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Workshop Highlights:

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

Premiere Networking Opportunities

Photograph a Variety of Subjects in Different Settings Including Surfing, Water Polo, Football, and More

Storytelling Sessions With Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist

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



Registration will begin at approx. 3:00 p.m.

Tech Talk


Instructor Presentations



Basic Lighting Instruction

Instructor Demo Shoot

Sporting Event Shoots

Afternoon Photography/Sunset

Social Gathering



Upload, Edit and Image Critiques

Instructor Demo Shoot

Sporting Event Shoots

Afternoon Photography/Sunset

Social Gathering



Upload, Edit and Image Critiques

Instructor Demo Shoot

Sporting Event Shoots

Afternoon Photography/Sunset

Class: Lighting the Portrait

Closing Dinner Presented By Nikon