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about this workshop

In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a wide selection of sports while learning sports photography shooting techniques, remote camera setups, creative lighting setups, the business of freelance sports photography, and much more.

Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

Workshop Schedule

Click here to see the tentative schedule!  Some times will change depending on activities but this will help you with timing/flow of the workshop!

Packing details & considerations

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Minimum 1 camera body, 2 ideal

  • Wide angle lens

  • Medium zoom lens

  • Telephoto lens

  • Camera bag

  • Camera bodies

  • Camera lenses

  • Camera batteries / charger

  • Laptop

  • Memory cards

  • Card reader

  • Monopod

Weather to Consider While Packing

It can be cooler in the mornings and evenings (50s-70s). June in Colorado can get quite hot (high 80s low 90s). You be spending hours in the sun. Bring sunscreen, hats, light layers, etc. We will be giving every participant a Summit water bottle to stay hydrated!

Breaking down some terms

Image critique

Image Critique is constantly mentioned as being the most important/valuable component of the workshop.  It’s not only a chance to get your work reviewed, but also to see your peers’ images. It is not structured as a competition, but a growth experience.  So do not feel it has the be your best of the best or how it might stack up to others.  You might have an image that you like, but are not sure if it works… You get to hear the opinions of the faculty and everything you will hear from them is 100% meant to help you.  It is also anonymous.

We will ask each student to submit three images and we will provide specific instructions on sizing/naming as well as a  link for uploading.  For the images, they just need to be from this workshop!  We will send the link out the afternoon before the image critique, which gives you the evening to get your images in!  If you want help editing we are happy to help, especially if you get down to a smaller selection and just can’t decide.  ALL images will need to be submitted before 9am on the day of the critique so we can get the slideshow organized.

Portfolio Review

There will be several opportunities for reviews, these are 1:1 opportunities between you and a faculty member.  These time blocks will be around 20 minutes and we will provide sign up sheets in the classroom.  We will make sure everyone that wants one gets at least one if not two!  ALL faculty will be available during these times.  The time can be used to show work, or talk about photography, business, or anything else under the photographic sun.  If you are showing images this is best done on a laptop or iPad.  Keeping the time in mind, you also want to have time for conversation.  Having a folder of 15-20 is a really good range to have a great discussion. We suggest having the images downloaded and not showing a website.  If the wifi is spotty, you don’t want to waste your time waiting for things to load!

Networking & Additional Education

Breakfast is free at the hotel, what better time to mingle with faculty as they will be there.  The bar is open in the evenings, what better time to buy an instructor a drink or a soda and talk photography?!  Don’t be shy, the “down time” is your chance to build your community and make some friends along the way! 

Meet your instructors

Workshop Faculty

Jean Fruth

John McDonough - Sports Photography Workshop
Workshop Faculty

John McDonough

Workshop Faculty

Maxx Wolfson

Mark Reis - Photographer
Workshop Faculty

Mark Reis

Matt Hernandez

Workshop Faculty

Darren Carroll

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Doug DeFelice

Doug DeFelice

Junior Instructor

Catharyn Hayne

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.

Workshop Faculty

John McDonough

Based in southern California, John W. McDonough is one of the main contributors to Sports Illustrated. Before working at Sports Illustrated, John freelanced for SPORT Magazine and worked at the Los Angeles Times and Arizona Republic as a staff photographer.

Workshop Faculty

Maxx Wolfson

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.

Workshop Faculty

Mark Reis

Mark is the former deputy director of photography of the Colorado Springs Gazette — and certainly one of the finest newspaper photographers working in the nation. Mark has now entered the world of freelance photography where he will undoubtedly be highly successful.

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

Darren Carroll

Darren is an accomplished sports action and portrait photographer, having done editorial work for the likes of Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Golf Digest and the NBA for over 20 years and commercial campaigns for Dick’s Sporting Goods, ClubCorp, and Golf Galaxy, among others. He serves as a photography consultant to the PGA of America, and is also part of the photography team for both the U.S. Open Golf and U.S. Open Tennis championships.

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.

Doug DeFelice

Junior Instructor

Catharyn Hayne

Catharyn has been involved with photography for many years, dating back to the olden days of film where she got her start in commercial photography in New York City. Catharyn relocated to the Bay Area 20 years ago and ,often with children in tow ( she has four) ,she immersed herself in sports photography. She quickly became a familiar face with all things aquatic. She regularly covers events for USA Water Polo, UC Berkeley athletics, and many more. When not on a deck or on the sidelines she also covers the events honoring the same athletes she covers in their events, such as Hall of Fame dinners and awards for USA Water Polo, Oakland A’s, UC Berkeley Athletics Hall of Fame.

Additionally she covers multi sport NCAA championship events ( and is a big fan of checking out the cool rings!). Catharyn has shot for many Universities including UC Berkeley, USC, UC Davis, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UC San Diego, Harvard, Dartmouth, Fordham, among many others. Catharyn’s work has been featured by USA Water Polo, LEN European Aquatics, World Cup Aquatics, Total Water Polo, Special Olympics, Swimming Magazine, Kap 7, Turbo, Pac 12, and Rock Tape.

Lodging

Discounted rates have been secured for students at the Springhill Suites Downtown Denver This will be workshop headquarters and where the faculty and staff will be staying! ** Please note that the rooming block discount will close so please have your room booked by May 1st! 

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