Lighting Workshop
April 26 - 29, 2018  | Denver, CO

Learn to light your photography with experts Dave Black, Joey TerrillMatt Hernandez and Lucas Gilman.
From studio and portraiture lighting to action sports and on-location lighting.
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Sports Photography Workshop
July 12 - 17, 2017 | Denver, CO

Come join a team of sports shooters and editors from Sports Illustrated, AP, and more!
Learn remote camera setups, sports lighting and high speed sync, the business of sports photography, and much more!
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Sandhill Cranes Photography Workshop 
March 2018 | Kearney, NE

Fly away with nature photographers Melissa Groo and Michael Forsberg as you capture the 
amazing migration of Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River Basin in Nebraska.
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Adventure Photography Workshop
Sept 16 - 21, 2017 | Jackson, WY

Thrill-seekers and adventure-junkies rejoice! Join a team of photographers and editors from National 
Geographic, The North Face, Red Bull and more as you capture extreme sports and outdoor lifestyle photography.
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Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop
September 24 - 29, 2017 | Jackson, WY

Our longest-running workshop of the series! Join an acclaimed team of instructors including National Geographic photographers,
wildlife and photojournalism editors, and the greatest minds in the industry, as you capture the best of nature and wildlife in Jackson, WY.
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Great Bear Rainforest 
June 22 - 27, 2017 | British Columbia

Go into the wild with elite nature photographers Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo as you 
photograph one of the world's most beautiful and mysterious places, The Great Bear Rainforest.
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Alaska Photography Workshop
July 21 - 26, 2017  | Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

Explore the last frontier with National Geographic photographers Tom Mangelsen and Bob Smith.
Photograph bears, eagles, puffins, and the best of the Alaskan landscape.
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The Most Unique Workshops

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops has a unique system that allows you to attend workshops in awe-inspiring locations that promote creativity and growth, and to receive a priceless education from our team of elite, professional photographers, editors, and filmmakers. You simply cannot find another workshop that delivers more guidance and expert advice than a Summit Workshop. Let us help your photography flourish!

By Creatives, For Creatives

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops is powered by Clarkson Creative, a media production company founded by Rich Clarkson that specializes in fine photography and creative media production. Being backed by a team of photographers, videographers and digital media specialists allows our workshops to provide participants an environment that promotes creativity and growth. We’re here for you and your photography.

The Best of Learning with Nikon

nikonThe partnership with Nikon Professional Services has been one of our longest relationships in the lifetime of the workshops. Nikon has always held educating the next generation of photographers as a top priority — and at the Summit it is no different.

At our workshops, Nikon provides in-personal technical support as well as consignment bodies and lenses to rent out for use throughout the workshop time. This has helped many photographers learn on the latest equipment to become the better photographer they want to be.

Why Be a Part of the Summit?

The Summit Series of Photography Workshops represents the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. Our premier workshops combine the best instruction in photography and latest digital technologies with top-level creativity and the best career networking available anywhere. This has led to over 30 years of successful Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.

With Summit Online, we are able to bring you the same premier photography education without you having to leave your own home. Enjoy these high-end online photo courses on your own time from any device!

Meet the Best in the Industry

For over three decades, we have brought the most elite photographers, editors, and creatives from all over the country and abroad to be a part of our unique ‘team-teaching’ workshops.

Networking to the Extreme

Workshop alumni regard the Summit networking as the best tool to jumpstart a career, collaborate on new ideas, and build a rolodex of top-notch creatives.

Online Education

Bring our top-tier workshops home with you and watch our high-quality online photography courses that cover topics from editing to engagement photography to photo research.

High Attendee Satisfaction

You will not find a more personable and organized educational workshop that has the sole focus of bettering you in the expanding creative world. We are here for you!

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

WORKSHOPS

Purchase your full workshop tuition now or purchase a deposit and pay the remainder before the workshop.

Go for gold 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 national and local organizations, as well as freelance photographers. 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, and the business of freelance sports photography. Our Sports workshop is for shooters of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

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© 2015 Philippe Bouchard

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© 2016 Mark Brown

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© 2016 Todd Lester

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© 2009 Jack Rendulich

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© 2016 Renee Bourcier

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© 2016 Mark Brown

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© 2016 Doug Stroud

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© 2016 Mel Lyons

Bring your photography out of the darkness with the nation’s top lighting experts. Do not just learn about lighting equipment, learn how to effectively use that equipment in different settings to capture creative and portfolio-ready images. In this class, you’ll go on-location to learn high speed sync and lighting for action and sports, you’ll go through the entire lighting setup for studio portraits, and you’ll learn how to create a unique style with your photography using lighting. Our Lighting workshop is not highly-technical in nature, and photographers at all levels from novice to professional are welcome.

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© 2017 Natasha Rigg

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© 2017 Lesa Cole

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© 2017 Joseph Nadeau

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© 2017 Jamie Boler

© 2017 Jamie Boler

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© 2017 Tristan Gramling

© 2016 Phil Westin

© 2016 Phil Westin

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© 2016 Mark Brown

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© 2016 Jay Hamlin

Action and adventure junkies rejoice! Embark on a photography adventure in the Grand Tetons with a team of adventure photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more. Don’t simply follow expert adventure photographers on a journey; learn the shooting and scouting techniques from them that you can use to create your own adventure, and even spend a night camping and networking with them. In this class, you’ll learn to shoot adventure sports like rock climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and trail running, while also learning how to shoot outdoor lifestyle and product photography. The Adventure workshop is for photographers of all skill levels, and although some hiking is required, there is no recommended level of fitness.

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© 2013 Nancy Crase

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The Nature 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. This workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn from, photograph alongside, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help with your 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.

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© 2007 Rick Allen

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© 2007 Cal Mckitrick

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© 2013 Mary D’Agostino

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DESTINATION WORKSHOPS

Purchase your full workshop tuition now or purchase a deposit and pay the remainder before the workshop.

It’s time to fly! Join elite nature photographers Michael Forsberg, Melissa Groo and Bob Smith along the Platte River in Nebraska to photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations. For millions of years, Sandhill Cranes have migrated through North America on their way to breeding grounds up North, and the Platte River in Nebraska has long been one of their landing destinations. In this workshop, you’ll be immersed in the blind and have ample opportunity to capture stunning images of cranes and other wildlife.

© 2017 Howard Arndt

© 2017 Howard Arndt

© 2017 Howard Arndt

© 2017 Howard Arndt

© 2017 Chema Domenech

© 2017 Chema Domenech

© 2017 Chris Garbacz

© 2017 Chris Garbacz

© 2017 Mary D'Agostino

© 2017 Mary D’Agostino

© 2016 Mary D'Agostino

© 2016 Mary D’Agostino

© 2016 Melissa Usrey

© 2016 Melissa Usrey

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© 2016 Carl Henry

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© 2016 Jerry Usrey

Join Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo as they lead a small, select group of intrepid travelers into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Photography has the power to tell a story and to affect conservation. Although we may see and photograph bears (black bears and grizzly bears), this tour is not about getting frame-filling shots of bears; it’s about engaging with and documenting the countless things that make up this ecosystem, from the large, luminous jellyfish, to the fin of a humpback whale scything the water, to the salmon skeletons found deep in the forest, picked clean. We’ll photograph sweeping vistas of valleys carved by glaciers, and gigantic hemlock trees dripping with “old man’s beard.” We will venture deep into old-growth rainforest, guided by expect trackers who will point out to us the plants and animals that make this ecosystem so special, and we’ll trek into valleys marked by meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams. Back at the lodge we’ll spend time with the First Nations people that are working hard to conserve this area, discovering what the threats are what they’re doing to combat them.

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© Melissa Groo

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© Melissa Groo

© Melissa Groo

Travel to America’s “Final Frontier” and discover the most remote and natural settings to photograph wildlife and beautiful Alaskan scenics. Capture stunning images of  bears, eagles, puffins, seals and more alongside two renowned wildlife photographers, Tom Mangelsen and Bob Smith. Learn not only the technical aspects of shooting nature photography, but also learn how a Nat Geo photographer prepares for and executes a nature shoot. Our Alaska workshop is not simply a photography trip, it’s an educational journey that will make you a better and more knowledgable photographer while providing you with portfolio-ready images.

© 2013 Howard Arndt

© 2013 Howard Arndt

© 2013 Howard Arndt

© 2013 Howard Arndt

© 2013 Howard Arndt

© 2013 Howard Arndt

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