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The Best of the West: 2017 Sports Cali Photography Workshop Recap

The Best of the West: The 2017 Sports California Photography Workshop in Pictures

   November 9 -12, 2017 | Los Angeles, LA      

For many years, the Summit’s Sports Photography Workshop has been a staple in the photo workshop community – bringing together students from around the world with the best faculty of instructors available anywhere and giving them an environment that promotes learning and allows them to shoot a multitude of sports. This year, the Summit took that winning formula and applied it to a brand new workshop experience, the Summit Sports California Photography Workshop.

For four days in Los Angeles, CA, just next to the beautiful and endless expanse that we call the Pacific, workshop attendees joined an astounding group of instructors and models to photograph a wide selection of sports and portraits, learn how to integrate lighting into their photography, meet the best sports photographers and editors in the industry, and develop new lifelong connections and friendships. With the help of our sponsors Nikon and Profoto, attendees were able to rent out the latest and greatest Nikon camera bodies and lenses to use during the workshop and they were able to use the best Profoto lighting equipment available anywhere to light up their shoots.

 2017 Sports California Photography Workshop attendees came from places all around the world like Australia and Signapore to better their adventure photography techniques, make new connections and reach a new Summit in their photography. Those attendees got to photograph an incredible selection of sports and portraits including football, soccer, water polo, surfing, volleyball, and portraits of MMA fighters and Team USA Volleyball players.

Attendees were taught by some of the most talented photographers and editors in the industry, including Nikon Ambassadors Deanne Fitzmaurice, Lucas Gilman and Joey Terrill, and expert photographers and editors Mark Terrill, Jamie Schwaberow, Allen Murabayashi, Maxx Wolfson and Sara Wood.

2017 Sports California Workshop Faculty

Joey Terrill - Summit Lighting Workshop

Joey Terrill

Nikon Ambassador

Nikon Ambassador Joey Terrill 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.

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Nikon Ambassador

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. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, the NY Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. She is also a co-founder of Think Tank Photo.

Lucas Gilman - Adventure Photography Workshop

Lucas Gilman

Nikon Ambassador

A Nikon Ambassador, Lucas 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.

Mark Terrill

Associated Press

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. His pictures are widely played around the world and a few years ago, he scored big with two Time magazine sports covers in the same year.

Jamie Schwaberow

Jamie Schwaberow

NCAA Photos

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 90 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. His background started in photojournalism with the 1996 Olympics and the Republican National Convention.

Maxx Wolfson

Getty Images

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.

Allen Murabayashi - Summit Photography Workshops

Allen Murabayashi


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, where he assisted in the company’s massive growth from a 4-person start-up to a publicly-held company with over 675 employees. He also serves on the board of the Eddie Adams Workshop. Allen is a graduate of Yale University, and flosses daily.

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.

2017 Sports Cali Workshop Recap Video

Student Photos

Classroom Events & Behind-the-Scenes

Classes, Presentations and Portfolio Reviews

A great deal of photography is not spent out in the field photographing subjects but rather at home or on the computer maintaining equipment, editing photos, and building connections in the industry. In addition to being able to shoot out in the field alongside elite photographers, attendees to the Sports California Photography Workshop also got the chance to learn some of the non-shooting aspects of photography, like post-processing and camera maintenance. With instructional classes, portfolio reviews, roundtable discussions and evening presentations, attendees are given a wide array of options to learn about the business of photography as well as what makes a desirable photograph.


The instructors were diverse, knowledgeable and available, and the ratio to students was just right. A excellent venue in which to learn, improve or gain new insight into parts of photography you may not have thought about before

-Susan Miller, Santa Clarita, CA

It’s definitely worth the 15-16 hour travel all the way from the other side of the world!

-Yong Teck Lim, Signapore


The 2017 Sports California Photography Workshop was certainly one to remember. With an exceptional cast of instructors and a dedicated group of attendees, the amount of photographic learning during the workshop was stunning. Not only did the students create amazing images that they can be proud of, they also created friendships that will help them expand their network in the photography industry.

We’d like to give a special thanks to Justin Tafoya, Stephanie Drews and Jamie Schwaberow for assisting during the workshop and capturing behind-the-scenes footage. We’d also like to thank all of the models and athletes who helped us create great images during the workshop, we could not have done it without you!

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