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 – Myanmar – November 3-12, 2016
Himalayan Tales: Photographing Annapurna’s Secret Landscapes – Nepal – April 3 – 18, 2017
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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 – 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.
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Himalayan Tales: Photographing Annapurna’s Secret Landscapes
April 3 – 18, 2017
The mighty Himalayas: home to the world’s highest mountains, sacred Buddhist monasteries and the few tribes accustomed to living permanently in the thin air. On this photography expedition, we will venture deep into the lands of the snow leopard while trekking from one stone-house village to another. This is not a standard Annapurna Circuit trek. After a month-long scouting expedition in 2015, we noted many side-trails and places to stay that most trekkers never get to visit.
Led by the adventure photographers Vlad Donkov and Michael Clark, together with one of the best Nepali guides around and a team of porters, you will have the chance to photograph some of the most interesting locations north of Annapurna and improve your photography over the course of a fortnight of shooting.
The expedition is designed in a way that lets you acclimatise gradually. At the highest point of the expedition, we will stand at an altitude of about 4800m / 15750ft. During the first two days of the trek, we will save a lot of time by using 4×4 vehicles to cover the first part of the Annapurna Circuit trail, which is already connected by a dirt road and is frequented by trekkers. We will also use jeeps for one more day on the way down: this strategy will let us spend the majority of our time photographing in the high-alpine areas above the regular trail. For the remaining ten days in the mountains, we will be trekking with light camera backpacks for four to seven hours a day. We will stay in six teahouses (and a monastery) and two hotels over the course of fifteen nights.
For a detailed itinerary and much more information on this exciting workshop visit the Vertical Shot Expedition website.
Workshop fee: $4,950
Please Note that this expedition is being run by Vertical Shot Expeditions, which is a European company so payments will be sent to Europe.