Summit Lighting

Bring Your Photography out of the Darkness

Take your photography to new heights with the nation’s top photo lighting experts. Learn how you can vastly improve your photography and make more money by incorporating lighting equipment into your shoots. Don’t just learn about the lighting equipment itself, learn how it can be used in several different settings and scenarios to create unique and desirable photos.

In this class, you will go on-location into the studio to learn simple/complex lighting setups for studio portraits, how to combine on-location and studio lighting techniques to make creatively lit action portraits and experimenting with light. The Lighting Workshop is for photographers of all skill levels, and lighting equipment will be provided.

What you’ll learn:


Due upon registration
$ 495
  • Deposit holds your spot in the workshop
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Sign up early for a discounted tuition!
$ 1795
  • Final payment due 120 days from the start of the workshop.


Matt Hernandez

Workshop Faculty

Jen Pottheiser

Workshop Faculty

JC Carey

Matt Hernandez

Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”
Workshop Faculty

Jen Pottheiser

Jennifer Pottheiser is a commercial photographer based in the New York area. Often photographing with athletes and entertainers, Ms. Pottheiser’s list of corporate, commercial and non-profit clients is a venerable Dream Team. She produces and shoots large scale projects for the National Basketball Association, United States Tennis Association and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s non-profit Cycle for Survival among others. Her images have appeared in countless books, publications and advertisements and her assignments have taken her throughout the world. Pottheiser’s campaign with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for the National Basketball Association was recognized as one of the best print campaigns of the decade and her work has been acknowledged industry wide including recognition with a Communication Arts Advertising Annual and a Silver International Andy award.

Workshop Faculty

JC Carey

Joseph “JC” Carey is a lifetime image maker that like many photographers was terrified of lighting until he was gifted with a class in 2007. The class wasn’t very informative with too many of the “recipes” that people love to share rather than teach how to light, but it lit a fire that has never stopped burning. That gift changed everything. It transformed him from someone that barely took pictures of people and knew nothing about lighting into someone still trying to figure out how to light everything. 

The last 14 years have passed with him being blessed with a daughter, a career doing what he loves, multiple magazine covers, and with meeting amazing people and trying to create great images of them. The art of photography and taking pictures is his passion but the ability to make his vision a reality in a photograph is what truly drives him. 

JC has taught all over the US including being part of the Faculty at Summit Workshops. 

JC joined the FJ Westcott Company in 2020 as their Eastern Accounts Manager and also works as a professional photographer.  

Follow his Instagram at JCPhotoMedia

You will learn

Advanced Lighting
Studio Lighting
Action Lighting
Posing & working with models
Hair & Makeup to achieve styles

What To Know

Workshop Itinerary

Day one
  • Registration
  • Will begin at approx. 3:00 P.M.
  • Tech Talk
  • Reception
  • Evening Presentation
Day two
  • Basic Lighting Instruction
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Group Brainstorm, Sketch, Ideas
  • Student Work with Models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Social Networking event
Day three
  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Evening social event
Day four
  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Closing Dinner presented by B&H
  • Ends at approx. 10:00 P.M.

You should take this workshop if...

You want to be exposed to and comfortable with the full array of on and off camera lighting.

You want to receive professional instruction on Lighting, Marketing, Working With Editors, and the Professional Photography Market

You want to learn and grow from the best photographers in the industry, and take part in premiere networking opportunities. You also want to find friends within a like-minded community.

You want to have the opportunity to customize your experience based on what you hope to learn and which shoots are most interesting​.


Discounted rates have been secured for students at the Springhill Suites in Denver. This is 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!  The rate is $202 a night but do keep in mind…You might find a cheaper rate but factor in drive time as well as being on site which is invaluable when it comes to networking and convenience!

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