Summit Hawaii

Travel and Conservation Photography Workshop Along the Shores of Oahu

Join us for our return to Oahu to explore the sports, landscape, lighting and culture of this spectacular island community. Hawaii offers an incredibly varied landscape and is the perfect classroom to explore what it takes to succeed in the rapidly growing world of travel photography.

Under the guidance of award winning photojournalists, you will learn how to approach a diverse environment and capture its various aspects to create a portfolio that resonates, excites, and most importantly, is appealing to editors and travel agencies

From the adrenaline powered surf, towering coastal mountains, to the famous island lifestyle, this workshop will provide a great opportunity to experience all that Hawaii has to offer alongside a talented group of professional photographers.

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Topics We Will Cover

Lifestyle Photography
Action Photography
Environmental Portraiture


Workshop Faculty

Jean Fruth

Allen Murabayashi - Summit Photography Workshops

Allen Murabayashi

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Workshop Faculty

Jean Fruth

Photographer Jean Fruth does more than take pictures.  She tells stories — of vibrant personalities, local cultures, and distinctive communities.  From a small darkroom to the most iconic stadiums flooded with lights, Jean’s trajectory as one of photography’s preeminent visual storytellers has taken her on a round-the-horn tour of the world’s most indelible landmarks – from the world of baseball to the world at large.  Sports have always been Jean’s most compelling subject, and from her earliest days in sports photography, she covered everything from wrestling to sailing to basketball — and on any given Friday, she could be found taking full advantage of those Friday night lights, shooting northern California’s storied football rivalries.

Soon Jean was called up to the big leagues herself, as she spent nearly a decade shooting the crown jewels of Bay Area sports — the Giants, the A’s, the 49ers.  Her portfolio quicky expanded when she was invited to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, where she helped build the museum’s archive and bring to life the story of baseball.  America’s most eminent historical institutions – including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Smithsonian — have featured her work.

What drives Jean now is to serve communities through her storytelling – as the co-founder of Grassroots Baseball, a non-profit that promotes participation in baseball at the youngest levels, and as a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball and La Vida Sports, digital media companies that shares the stories of Latino sports around the globe.  As one of Sony’s select Artisans of Imagery, and through her popular workshops, she shares her techniques, her insights, and her love of images — both the power of pictures and the stories they tell.

Jean’s first book, Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, was released in 2019. Her latest, Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, was published in spring 2022, with proceeds benefitting the non-profit program.

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

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Chris is the owner and director of Summit Workshops. Summit was his first job out of college and nearly 20 years later, this is home.  He is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people.

Chris is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.  He is also a professional advisor for Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Through collaboration and great communications with the editor of the magazine, there have been countless articles written by Summit Alumni in the magazine over the years.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Trip Highlights

Costs Included In Tuition

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Workshop Itinerary

Arrival day to Honolulu International Airport. We strongly advise arriving today to account for any travel delays.
After a morning on your own to explore Oahu, we will meet as a group to go over introductions and our week’s schedule. The evening will be spent photographing sunset over Oahu’s South Shore before heading to a beachside welcome dinner.
We will rise before the sun and drive to Oahu’s famous North Shore where we will spend the day photographing surfing at Waimea Bay, Turtle Beach, and the infamous Pipeline. If the weather is nice, we will drive to a mountaintop after dinner for amazing views and night sky photography.
The morning will be spent learning about underwater photography and portraiture. You will have the opportunity to test underwater housings and shoot surfing from beneath the waves! After a break for lunch and change of clothes, we will drive back to the North Shore for an evening of photographing lifestyle, storytelling and photojournalism along the beach.
Early morning departure to photograph the sunrise and ocean life amongst the beautiful Pacific tide pools. The rest of the day will be spent photographing more surfing and portraiture using natural lighting and on/off camera flashes.

In the morning we will head to Kaelepulu Wetland Bird Preserve, a privately owned marshland in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This conserved area is a great place toobserve and photograph stilts, coots, ducks, herons, plovers, moorheans, egrets, and otherendemic species. We will have a lunch break in the middle of the day and depart the hotel after a short break for another evening of storytelling and photojournalism along the North Shore.

Our last day in Hawaii will be a bit flexible and based on the interests of the group. We will have the option to photograph landscapes on a beautiful mountain hike, photograph more surfing, or spend a final day exploring the coastal towns of Oahu. After a great last day of shooting we will head to our final dinner before saying goodbye.
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