Summit Adventure

The Premiere Adventure Photography Workshop

Join Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico for an adventure you won't forget! Adventure sports photography requires a host of skills, including technical excellence with the camera, knowing your equipment, the sport and your goals inside and out. This workshop concentrates on creating (not just taking) unique adventure sports and lifestyle images. The goal of this workshop is to help you start thinking more creatively in regards to setting up an adventure photo shoot, executing that shoot, and analyzing your images. We will be shooting assignments each day early in the morning or in late in the afternoon and evaluating our images via daily critiques.

Northern New Mexico has incredible locations in which to explore all of these sports and we will be shooting with elite athletes each day. The high desert mountain environment around Santa Fe has it all in terms of adventure sports. From rock climbing on steep basalt cliffs to mountain biking through aspens at 10,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo mountains right above Santa Fe. In addition to the adventures, Santa Fe is steeped in culture as the oldest capitol in the United States and there are a wide variety of world-class restaurants in every price range.

What you’ll learn:

The Business of Adventure Photography. How to Shoot Rock Climbing, Trail Running, Motocross, and more!

We will discuss and work on research and preparation, angles, equipment selection and use, using natural light and fill flash as well as battery powered strobes, understanding and experimenting with autofocus techniques, working with athletes who are putting themselves at risk, how to capture the intensity of the action as well as how to protect yourself and your photo equipment in harsh conditions. Each day will find us working with athletes in the outdoor environment. What these models can do may shock even the most experienced outdoor photographer.

What To Know

Topics We Will Cover

Adventure Photography
Climbing Photography
motorcross photography
Trail running photography
bmx Photography


Michael Clark
Workshop Faculty

Michael Clark

Workshop Faculty

Catherine Aeppel

Workshop Faculty

Michael Clark

Michael is an internationally published adventure photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers and many more other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world.

Workshop Faculty

Catherine Aeppel

Catherine Aeppel is a Director, Photographer and Emmy-winning Cinematographer passionate about telling soulful stories. She is drawn to exploring humanity through her lens, and her cinematography breathes life and emotion into the stories she captures. She is an outdoor adventure, action sports and conservation photographer and filmmaker based in Hermosa Beach, California. From the beaches of Israel to the slot canyons of Utah, from remote islands in the Pacific to as far as Western Australia, Catherine’s explorations through the lens have taken her around the world. She thrives with a camera in hand — and lives the adventures she captures. When she’s not shooting, she’s playing in mountains, deserts and oceans far away from crowded cities and civilization.

Catherine won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Camerawork for her role as Director of Photography for Red Bull’s “One Shot.” Her work has been featured by National Geographic Adventure and her awards include first place in the GoPro Mountain Click Photo Competition at the 2018, 2016 & 2014 GoPro Mountain Games. Her short film, “Why I Ride,” was featured at Mountainfilm, and her short film, “My Desolate Eden,” won Best Cinematography during its premiere at No Man’s Land Film Festival. She has shot projects for clients including Red Bull, The North Face, Patagonia, Toyota, Bridgestone, Panasonic, Outside TV and GoPro.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Workshop Highlights

Costs Included In Tuition

Not Included

Workshop Itinerary

  • 10am:  Check-in / Introductions 
  • Adventure Photography
  • Lighting Techniques
  • On-Location: Mountain Biking/Running
  • On-Location Shooting
  • Classroom instruction
  • Image Critiques
  • On-Location Shooting
  • Morning Shooting
  • Image Critique
  • Instructor roundtable
  • Closing Reception

Classroom and lodging

We will have a small number of rooms at a discounted rate of $300 a night at the The Hotel Santa Fe.  This is also where the workshop classroom is located and where the faculty and staff will be staying! We hope you’ll take advantage of this discount at the workshop hub! 

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