Each year I teach several workshops and give a few seminars on a variety of topics including adventure photography, digital workflow and artificial lighting. Below is a listing of the upcoming workshops I will be teaching and seminars I will be giving. As you scroll down you can read descriptions about each of these workshops and find out how to register for each one. If you are interested in a private workshop please contact me and we can discuss options and pricing. I hope to see you out there in the field this year.
Mentor Series Photo Trek – South Dakota – Black Hills, South Dakota – August 10-14, 2016
Photography Sailing Expedition in Arctic Norway – Lofoten Islands, Norway – August 20 – 27, 2016
Mentor Series Photo Trek – Myanmar – November 3-12, 2016
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“Within the short time I’ve been studying and practicing photography, I have had teachers who are good educators, but not great photographers, and vice versa, but few who are both. Count yourself in these narrow ranks…I went through 4 years of college and several careers getting less candid advice and encouragement than I got in 4 days with you. For what it is worth, thank you for that.” – Brandon McMahon, Adventure Photography Workshop, Spring 2015
“Michael set an incredibly high bar for his workshop. He gave 110%, covered a broad range of topics and did an outstanding job.” – Chris Council, Adventure Photography Workshop, Summer 2010
“Thanks for running such a great workshop. I couldn’t have chosen better photo shoot locations, and the post-shoot critiques were invaluable. It’s the first time I’ve had my work reviewed, and I learned a ton from each session. While I didn’t go into the workshop expecting to pick-up too many marketing and business tips, I’ve come out of last week inspired to set-up my photo website in earnest.” – Jeff Hylok, Adventure Photography Workshop, Summer 2010
“The recent Adobe Lightroom Intensive Workshop in Seattle was excellent. The two-day format was perfect–just enough time to cover all the important features but not so much time as to be draining or get in the way of work. Michael Clark was an outstanding instructor. Not only was he clear, concise, and comprehensive, but his manner was friendly and equable. The fact that he is also a working professional photographer made the instruction all the more relevant. I have used previous versions of Lightroom, but it had been a while and I had recently upgraded. I was able to review some things I knew, learn about new features, and change my perspective on some workflow steps. An absolutely great workshop that I recommend wholeheartedly.” – Karen Huntt, Lightroom Workshop, Spring 2011
“Thanks again for such a terrific workshop. I have taken one other two day Lightroom workshop, but your’s is the best!” – Vance Thompson, Lightroom Workshop, Spring 2011
“Just wanted you know how much fun I had during the workshop last weekend! I learned a lot a look forward to doing other workshops with you.” – Jason Quevedo, Philadelphia Mentor Series Trek, Fall 2009
“Your workshop at Santa Fe was too good and I came away with a lot of knowledge and renewed energy. The level of expertise that you and Michael shared was top-notch and I hope to repeat this experience again. Thanks for such a great workshop!” – Participant in the 2008 Balloon Fiesta workshop taught by Andy Biggs and myself.
“My mind is still spinning and I can’t help but smile every time I think of the wonderful experience garnered from our workshop. Between what I learned from the two of you, as well as from my talented classmates – this was a great experience, and I would do it again.” – Participant in the 2008 Balloon Fiesta workshop taught by Andy Biggs and myself.
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Mentor Series Photo Trek – South Dakota
August 10-14, 2016
Location: Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota
A sacred land of abounding beauty, the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota are distinguished by a landscape of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires that define the region. Join the Mentor Series and Nikon professional photographers Michael Clark & Reed Hoffmann in South Dakota to hone your photo skills at Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park sign up today!
At Badlands National Park, capture the vast prairies and grasslands amidst the extraordinary badland formations that were carved by wind and water over time. This region offers some of the most amazing sunsets anywhere in the United States. We will set up for a sunset shoot at Yellow Mounds Overlook, where the earthly shades of pink, yellow and sand create a dramatic horizon line.
Mount Rushmore and the Needles of the Black Hills provide a vivid contrast to the badlands with their impressive granite pillars and towers. Mount Rushmore’s 60-ft tall sculptures rise dramatically above the dense forests and pristine streams below, providing a view that few will experience in their lifetime.
At Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where more than 600 wild mustangs run free, we will photograph the wild horses close-up against the backdrop of the Black Hills and the Cheyenne River.
Custer State Park will provide additional opportunities for improving your photo and lighting skills, including the stunning reflections across the beautiful Sylvan Lake.
Join us in South Dakota for a photo workshop that is not-to-be-missed – sign up today!
Cost: $1,525.00 – Includes snacks and water on the bus, transportation to each shooting location, park permit and entrance fees, in-field instruction, presentations, and digital review sessions.
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Photography Sailing Expedition in Arctic Norway
August 20 – 27, 2016
Location: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Now in its third edition, our sailing and photography expedition to the Norwegian Arctic islands of Lofoten is a rare chance to photograph pristine coastal locations which are inaccessible to others. To us, sailing rather than driving is the most logical way to fully experience and explore these stunning islands.
This small-group expedition (with a maximum of six participants) will use a very comfortable 47ft (14m) yacht built in 2012. The group will be guided by the renowned outdoor photographers Michael Clark and Vlad Donkov. The adventure starts in Svolvaer, the capital of the Lofoten Islands, and follows the coastline of the awe-inspiring mountainous islands, wild fjords and passages.
This sailing adventure is suitable for people without any previous sailing experience. However, participants should be adventurous by nature and ready to endure long days. This expedition is about chasing great light and experiencing places that most people never get to see!
Sailing presents us with plenty of opportunities to take photographs from unusual viewpoints and to reach locations only accessible by sea. In addition to the yacht, we will use an inflatable boat with an outboard engine. This will enable us to land at wild beaches and explore our surroundings on foot. There will be good chances of observing various whales and orca, as well as dolphins and seals. White-tailed eagles hunting for puffins and fish will also frequently keep us company.
For a detailed itinerary and much more information on this exciting workshop visit the Vertical Shot Expedition website.
Workshop fee: $4,500
Please Note that this expedition is being run by Vertical Shot Expeditions, which is a European company so payments will be sent to Europe.
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Mentor Series Photo Trek – Myanmar
November 3-12, 2016
Abounding in temples, pagodas and renowned spiritual and archaeological sites, the varied landscape of Myanmar is a wonder to behold. A trek through the countryside yields images of rice fields and floating gardens, exquisite colonial architecture, mountaintop monasteries, and a land of a thousand temples.
The workshop will begin in the city of Yangon, where we will experience the 2,500 years-old Shwedagon Pagoda. Known as the “crown of Burma,” the grand pagoda is plated in gold and decorated with thousands of diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Also in Yangon, we will photograph the city’s pristine colonial architecture, the 2,000 years-old Sule Pagoda, and the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi.
In Mandalay, the workshop continues with stops at the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Golden Palace Monastery, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, where we will have the opportunity to photograph dancers dressed in traditional costumes. We will also visit Mahagandayone Monastery to observe a morning meals procession, and the Bodhi tree forest, where many Buddhists come to pay homage and seek enlightenment.
At Inle Lake, we will explore the beautiful floating gardens and the colorful markets of the local villages, with an opportunity to witness the unique technique of leg rowing.
The city of Bagan is known as the city of four million pagodas. Our mentors will provide techniques for capturing the extraordinary landscape scattered with thousands of brick temples, and we will have an opportunity to explore the temples and archaeological sites of this captivating city along the Ayeyarwady River.
Myanmar is a wonderful and largely unexplored destination for many photographers and travelers. Sign up today to join the Mentor Series in Myanmar!
Cost: $4,425 includes 5 star hotel accommodations for 9 nights (based on double occupancy), breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, private boats on Inle Lake, private horse cart in Bagan, entrance fees, English-speaking guides, motor coach transportation to all shooting locations, daily lecture series, presentations and digital group review sessions. Does not include international airfare, entry visa, gratuities and optional excursions.