Summit Sports

Location: Denver, CO

Dates: July 15-18, 2021

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,795

Become a Champion

Become a champion and attend the most popular sports photography workshop in America. You’ll be accompanied by an elite team of instructors that include photographers and editors from The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Mag, and more. Our large faculty allows students the opportunity to learn all sides of sports photography,  for example, a student might attend a “What an Editor’s Looking For” class in the morning, go on-location and shoot sports with an expert shooter in the afternoon, and learn how to polish their editing process with a tech expert in the evening. 


What you’ll learn:

Settings/Techniques for Shooting Sports
How to Setup/Operate Remote Cameras
Arena Lighting and Lighting for Sports
Sports/Action Portrait Setup/Shoot
What Sports Editors are Looking For
How to Break into Sports Photography
The Business of Freelance Sports Photography

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What To Know

In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a multitude of sports while learning sports photography shooting techniques, remote camera setups, creative lighting setups, the business of freelance sports photography, and more. Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

The workshop hotel and classroom are located at the Springhill Suites in Denver. A discounted rate is available at the workshop hotel and more information can be found by following the link.  

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John McDonough - Sports Photography Workshop

John McDonough

Workshop Faculty

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.


Jen Pottheiser

Workshop Faculty

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.


Dave Black

Workshop Faculty

A Nikon Ambassador and one of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Dave Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he’s currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.

Joey Terrill - Summit Lighting Workshop

Joey Terrill

Workshop Faculty

Recently appointed as a Nikon Ambassador, Joey 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.

Elsa Garrison

Elsa Garrison

Workshop Faculty

Elsa Garrison is a staff photographer for Getty Images based in New York City. She began her career in Los Angeles with the sport photo agency Allsport 1996, which was later acquired by Getty. She was the first woman hired as a staff photographer for both Allsport and Getty Images and has been responsible for covering events such as: the Super Bowl, NCAA hockey and basketball championships, NBA finals, Stanley Cup finals, World Series, men’s and women’s World Cup, Summer and Winter Olympic games and the U.S. Open Tennis. Her work has been published in numerous publications around the globe including: The Sunday Times(London), The Globe and Mail(Canada), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and various websites.

Maxx Wolfson

Workshop Faculty

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.

andrew hancock

Andrew Hancock

Workshop Faculty

Based in Indianapolis with clients from Tokyo to London, Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock is regarded as a premier action and portrait photographer. His background as a photojournalist allows him to bring a well crafted storytelling approach to his imagery in both the advertising and editorial arenas. Known for his relentless pursuit of a different perspective, he maintains a healthy addiction to location lighting and remote cameras. Andrew regularly works around the world on a wide variety of assignments. His editorial clients include Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Golf, Autoweek, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal while his roster of commercial clients include Nikon, Texas A&M Athletics, Chevrolet, Arena and many more.

Mark Terrill - Sports Photography Workshop

Mark Terrill

Workshop Faculty

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.

Mark Reis - Photographer

Mark Reis

Workshop Faculty

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.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Workshop Highlights:

Professional Instruction on Action Sports Photography, Lighting, Marketing, Working With Editors, and the Professional Photography Market

Premiere Networking Opportunities

Photograph a Variety of Subjects in Different Settings Including Football, Horse Racing, Motocross, and More

On/Off Camera Lighting Techniques

Spend Several Days With An Amazing Group of Likeminded Photographers


Costs Included In Tuition:

Activity Fees, Location Fees, All Instruction


Not Included:

Hotels, Most Meals

Workshop Itinerary


To view a PDF of an example workshop schedulePLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.



Intro to Digital Photography

Lighting with Strobes

Photoshop/Lightroom Education

Manufacturers’ Trade Rooms Open

Welcome Reception



Class: Techniques in Shooting Outdoors

Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom

Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering

Portfolio Reviews

On-Location: Tennis

On-Locations: Motocross

Class: Introduction to Lighting

Night Presentation

Photographers’ Social



Image Critiques

Class: Marketing Yourself in a Freelance World 

Class: Getting an Editor’s Attention

Class: Digital Workflow

On-Location: Basketball, Skate Park, Velodrome, Horse Racing

Class: Speedlights and Studio Strobes

Night Presentation



Image Critiques

Class: Remote Camera Setups

Class: Multimedia Storytelling

On-Location: Skateboarding, Velodrome, Horse Racing

Class: Lighting the Portrait

Class: Lacrosse with Strobes

Night Presentation



Image Critiques

Morning Presentation

Instructor Roundtable Discussion

Class: Lacrosse Portraits with Strobes

Night Presentation

Class: Nighttime Light Painting Athletes



Image Critiques

Class: From Phone Call to Final Image

Class: Social Media

Instructional Roundtable Discussion

Final Photographers’ Social

Final Dinner presented by Nikon