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Location: Denver, Colorado

Dates: July 18-23, 2018

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,995

Become a Champion

Become a champion and attend the most popular sports photography workshop in America. You’ll be accompanied by an elite team of instructors that include photographers and editors from The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Mag, and more. Our large faculty allows students the opportunity to learn all sides of sports photography,  for example, a student might attend a “What an Editor’s Looking For” class in the morning, go on-location and shoot sports with an expert shooter in the afternoon, and learn how to polish their editing process with a tech expert in the evening. 

In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a multitude of sports while learning sports photography shooting techniques, remote camera setups, creative lighting setups, the business of freelance sports photography, and more. Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

The workshop hotel and classroom are located at the Springhill Suites in Denver.

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
How to Break into Sports Photography
The Business of Freelance Sports Photography

39
Years Running
14
Expert Instructors on Faculty
3:1
Student:Instructor Ratio

2017 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Rich Clarkson - Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson

Workshop Founder

The organizer of Photography at the Summit. His Denver-based company packages books, uses new technology to manage photographic and publishing ventures for such diverse groups as the Denver Broncos football team and Colorado Rockies baseball team, and serves as consultant to a variety of companies, publishers and foundations.

Joey Terrill - Summit Lighting Workshop

Joey Terrill

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador, Joey is a Los Angeles-based corporate and editorial photographer with a long and varied career in photography. In recent years, he 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.

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 the Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. One of the world's preeminent photo lighting experts, Dave is constantly reinventing himself and pushing for new frontiers. Recently he's worked in combining light painting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.

John McDonough - Sports Photography Workshop

John McDonough

Workshop Faculty

Based in southern California, John W. McDonough is one of the main contributors to Sports Illustrated. Before working at Sports Illustrated, John freelanced for SPORT Magazine and worked at the Los Angeles Times and Arizona Republic as a staff photographer.

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.

Nate Gordon

Nate Gordon

Workshop Faculty

Nate is the Director of Photography at the Players’ Tribune, where he oversees all photography for the brand. Prior to joining the Tribune, he was Deputy Picture Editor at Sports Illustrated. In his 16 years at SI, Nate led its photographic coverage at countless marquee events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including 14 World Series and 4 Olympics.

Rod Mar

Workshop Faculty

Rod Mar is an 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.

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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.

Lucas Gilman - Adventure Photography Workshop

Lucas Gilman

Workshop Faculty

Lucas Gilman, a Nikon Ambassador, spent his early years in newspaper journalism before 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.

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Andrew Hancock

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador, Andrew Hancock is based in Indianapolis with clients from Tokyo to London, and 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.

Mark Reis - Photographer

Mark Reis

Workshop Faculty

Mark is the former deputy director of photography of the Colorado Springs Gazette — and certainly one of the finest newspaper photographers working in the nation. Mark has now entered the world of freelance photography where he will undoubtedly be highly successful.

Jeff Jacobsen - Sports Photography Workshop

Jeff Jacobsen

Workshop Faculty

Jeff leads the photography projects of the University of Kansas athletic department as one of the most-visual sports programs in the nation. The venerable Allen Fieldhouse at Lawrence is almost a gallery of Jacobsen’s pictures and few universities in the nation use photography as well in their publications, website and displays.

Jamie Schwaberow

Jamie Schwaberow

Workshop Faculty

Jamie has been Director of NCAA Photos and Director of Photography at Clarkson Creative for 15 years. His role with NCAA Photos has brought him all over the country to cover NCAA’s 89 championships and coordinate with freelancers on proper coverage. His work has been published in ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, Colorado Avid Golfer, NCAA Champion Magazine, and numerous others.

Ron Taniwaki - Summit Photography Workshops

Ron Taniwaki

Workshop Faculty

With over 30 years in professional photography, Ron Taniwaki 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.

Recap Last Year’s Workshop with

Heart of a Champion: The 2017 Sports Workshop

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TESTIMONIALS

Absolutely the best workshop I have ever attended. Instructors hands-on teaching in the field is priceless! Critiques are a difference-maker, teaching and seeing what makes a good picture has made all the difference. I will be a better photographer because of this course.

Greg Collier

My second time taking this workshop. I highly recommend taking (the sports) workshop more than once; I have learned a tremendous amount. Thank you for the outstanding workshop.

Wendy Collison

One thing that occurred to me is that this is really the first time I have been immersed in a surrounding of all sports photography. It’s made me realize what is possible besides my little corner of the world. It opened my eyes to possibilities.

Cyndi Chambers

I came to workshop hoping to get better generally- Wanted to learn so much awn quickly realized that I couldn't absorb everything. There is so much information and expertise that one needs to realize which "strand" they want to follow. I personally attended everything Dave Black taught. Mark Reis and Jeff Jacobson are also a huge wealth of information and truly want you to become a better photographer. Go- take notes, practice what they teach ands questions. Be a sponge.

Keith Lucas

Once again, Summit Workshops hit it out of the park. The instructors are incredibly gracious with their time and expertise, there is a wide variety of sporting events to photography, and the classroom presentations are wonderful too. I learned a ton and am inspired!

Natasha Rigg

I can't express in words what i feel on this workshop, with all this exceptional tuitions and the other photographers, the ambience was great. We get a really good teamwork.

Martin Waichman

The sports photography workshop far exceeded my expectations. It takes people with a high level of skill to organize, produce, and execute a learning experience like this. The director and staff are among the best event organizers I’ve seen and assembled a faculty second to none. These photography professionals are at the top of their careers. They provided guidance equally to all attendees regardless of our skill level and offered us a unique educational experience. Everyone was engaged and present with the attendees, offering direction, feedback, and advice. It is a workshop not to be missed!

Thomas Vani

Opportunities like this workshop are few and far between. To meet and pick the brains of industry leaders and pioneers is priceless. The workshop staff worked tirelessly to make sure that all attendees were getting the most out of every moment of every day. If you're serious about making photographs you will leave this workshop very satisfied.

Chris Marion

SCHEDULE

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

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

SPORTS DAY 1

  • Intro to Digital Photography
  • Lighting with Strobes
  • Photoshop/Lightroom Education
  • Manufacturers’ Trade Rooms Open
  • Welcome Reception

SPORTS DAY 2

  • Class: Techniques in Shooting Outdoors
  • Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
  • Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • On-Location: Tennis
  • On-Locations: Motocross
  • Class: Introduction to Lighting
  • Night Presentation
  • Photographers’ Social

SPORTS DAY 3

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Marketing Yourself in a Freelance World 
  • Class: Getting an Editor’s Attention
  • Class: Digital Workflow
  • On-Location: Basketball, Skate Park, Velodrome, Horse Racing
  • Class: Speedlights and Studio Strobes
  • Night Presentation

SPORTS DAY 4

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: Remote Camera Setups
  • Class: Multimedia Storytelling
  • On-Location: Skateboarding, Velodrome, Horse Racing
  • Class: Lighting the Portrait
  • Class: Lacrosse with Strobes
  • Night Presentation

SPORTS DAY 5

  • Image Critiques
  • Morning Presentation
  • Instructor Roundtable Discussion
  • Class: Lacrosse Portraits with Strobes
  • Night Presentation
  • Class: Nighttime Light Painting Athletes

SPORTS DAY 6

  • Image Critiques
  • Class: From Phone Call to Final Image
  • Class: Social Media
  • Instructional Roundtable Discussion
  • Final Photographers’ Social
  • Final Dinner presented by Nikon

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

One of the most popular photography workshops in America, the Sports Photography Workshop brings together a faculty of top international sports photographers and editors and combines it with the best instruction and the best opportunity to shoot sports action. This workshop allows attendants to work with and learn from those who are directly tied to their career development and advancement opportunities, as well as working with lighting and other equipment to learn how to elevate their photography.

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, transportation to workshop events, lodging during the workshop, and most meals. For transportation and lodging info, visit the next tabs.

Springhill Suites – Downtown Denver

1190 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 705-7300

  • This will be the hotel and headquarters for the workshop. This includes classroom instruction, receptions, and Nikon & vendor rooms.
  • Call and mention “Sports Photography Workshop” for discounted group rate.
  • Denver International Airport: DIA is 30-40 minutes away from downtown Denver. Shuttles, taxi cabs and rental cars are readily available to get from the airport to the downtown area. More on whether or not you need a rental car in the transportation section…
  • A rental car is encouraged, but not needed. Many of the sporting events take place in the general vicinity of the workshop headquarters, but most are a drive away. We work with attendants to arrange carpooling and no one goes without a ride to an event.
  • The only foreseen downfall without your own car is you may have to conform the events that you want to go to with the events that your ride wants to go to. For example, if you want baseball, then swimming, then velodrome — that may be tougher when joining someone else.
  • 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 summers will be hot, but not scorching, so bring shorts, sunscreen/hat, and comfortable shoes (!!) to work in the heat.
  • 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 July weather can range from 60-90 degrees — most of the time in the middle. The most important item is sunscreen as it will be sunny most days and you’re closer to the sun!
  • Also, we have the occasional rainstorm — it won’t last all day — but be prepared for a random change in weather. Tornadoes and lightning are seldom, but can happen. For the most part though, our Sports Workshop has had near perfect weather for all sports scenarios.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE COURSES

Advance your Sports Photography even further.

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

Inside an Editor’s Mind with Brad Smith

Prepare for the Sports Workshop by discovering what an editor at a major publication is looking for in sports photography. 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. 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

Be ahead of the game at the Sports Workshop by already knowing the in’s and out’s 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. 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

Portrait Lighting with Joey Terrill

Want to show up at the Sports Workshop and already have a working knowledge of how to effectively light portraits of athletes? 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. 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

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