Workshops

mclark_hasw_0112_0576Each year I teach several workshops on a variety of topics including adventure photography, digital workflow and artificial lighting. Below is a listing of the workshops I will be teaching this year. 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.

Adventure Photography: A Multimedia Experience – Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe, NM – May 11-14, 2015

Mentor Series Photo Trek – Grand Tetons – Jackson, WY – June 25 – 28, 2015

Rio Chama: Capture to Print – Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe, NM – August 27 – August 31, 2015

Adventure Sports Photography – Telluride Photo Festival – Telluride, CO – September 29 – October 1, 2015

Across the Patagonian Ice Field – Vertical Shot Expeditions – Patagonia Ice Cap, Argentina – January 25 – February 4, 2016

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Workshop Testimonials:

“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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Adventure Photography: A Multimedia Experience

May 11-14, 2015

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Adventure photography can be an adventure in itself, involving breathtaking locations, extreme conditions, and working with elite athletes in risky situations. It requires a host of skills, including technical excellence with the camera, familiarity with a sport, and the ability to be mindful of your goals and safety at all times. Capturing motion footage and still images adds even more complexity and equipment.

During our five days together, we work with incredible athletes in easy-to-access locations to create stellar still images and compelling motion footage.We concentrate on creating unique images of rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and trail running. Working with elite athletes and using Northern New Mexico’s breathtaking landscape as our backdrop, we explore innovative ways to capture the essence of each sport and location.

Topics covered include research and preparation; composition and camera angles; equipment selection and utilization; use of natural light, fill flash, and battery-powered strobes; autofocus techniques; and the all-important time management. Classroom time involves daily editing and critiquing sessions, as well as one-on-one meetings with Michael. In addition, Michael shares his experiences in—and insights into—the adventure marketplace, elaborating on career development, portfolios, and how to photograph for stock, editorial, and commercial clients.

Bring the excitement of adventure sports to your work as you master the skills to create top-notch still and motion content.

Who Should Attend: Advanced Amateurs and Professionals

For more information visit the Santa Fe Workshops website.

Tuition & Fees: Tuition: $1,045.00

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Mentor Series Photo Trek – Grand Tetons

June 25 – 28, 2015

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – Use code “MC50″ to get a $50 discount on this workshop.

Highlights of the workshop will include sunrise shoots at Glacier View Turnout and Schwabachers Landing, where you will witness the mountain peaks and early morning light perfectly reflected in the glasslike surface of the Snake River. Photograph the iconic barns and homesteads at Mormon Row and views of the Cathedral Group of peaks from the Chapel of the Transfiguration. We will be on the lookout for moose, elk, deer, eagles and American bison at Jenny Lake, and beavers tending their dams at Oxbow Bend.

A visit to a local ranch will provide an exclusive opportunity to photograph fly fishermen and ranchers with their horses and other livestock, as well as cowboys in their typical gear. Experience the quiet beauty and history of one of our nation’s most cherished national parks and emblems of the American Frontier.

For more information visit the Mentor Series website.

Workshop fee: $1,525

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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Rio Chama: Capture to Print

Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe, NM

August 27 – August 31, 2015

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Ready for a different kind of photographic adventure? Some of Northern New Mexico’s most breathtaking and dynamic landscapes are along the Chama River, which winds its way through Abiquiú country, a favorite area for artists and photographers including Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, and Elliott Porter.

Explore your creativity while expanding your visual and technical skills as you learn about the natural and cultural landscape of this area during a three-day, 33-mile river trip. We begin in Chama and finish near Abiquiú. Our guides from New Mexico River Adventures provide all the necessary equipment, including setting up camp and preparing our meals. Each night’s camp is located right on the river’s edge, which presents excellent opportunities for hiking as well as exploring hot springs, homesteads, ancient Indian ruins, and dinosaur tracks.

Our final two days together take place in The Workshops state-of-the-art digital lab, where we process and print our images. Michael reviews, discusses, and guides your image processing workflow, placing special emphasis on color management and archival digital printing using both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Participants enhance their understanding of the photographic process from capture to output. From spending long days in the field capturing the dramatic beauty of your surroundings to seeing your work come to life in print, you savor an invigorating and well-rounded photographic experience.

For more information on this workshop visit the Santa Fe Workshops website.

Cost: $995 + $70 Materials Fee

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Adventure Sports Photography

Telluride Photo Festival – Telluride, CO

September 29 – October 1, 2015

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Adventure photography can be an adventure in itself, involving breathtaking locations, extreme conditions, and working with elite athletes in risky situations. It requires a host of skills, including technical excellence with the camera, familiarity with a sport, and the ability to be mindful of your goals and your safety at all times. In this workshop, we will work with incredible athletes in easy to access locations to create stellar still images.

Designed for intermediate to experienced photographers, this workshop concentrates on creating unique images of rock climbing, mountain biking and trail running. Working with elite athletes and Telluride’s incredible landscape as our backdrop, we explore innovative ways to capture the essence of each sport. Topics covered during the workshop include research and preparation, composition and camera angles, equipment selection and use, using natural light, fill flash, and battery-powered strobes, and autofocus techniques. We also learn how to work with athletes that taking risks and how to manage that risk.

Classroom time includes daily editing and critiquing sessions. In addition, Michael shares his insights and experiences in the adventure marketplace, including career development, portfolios, and how to shoot for stock, editorial, and commercial clients.

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Photographic guiding and instruction, critiques, post-processing instruction, models is included as well as some transportation. Lodging and meals are not included.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Intermediate to professional photographers

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera.

EQUIPMENT: Please bring a laptop, editing software camera and lenses, and external hard drives to back up your images.

For more information on this visit the Telluride Photo Festival website.

Cost: $600 first 5 registrations; $650 5-10 registrations

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Across the Patagonian Ice Field – Life on the Ice, Southern Argentina

January 25 – February 4, 2016

Location: Patagonia Ice Cap, Argentina

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As far as we know, a photographic workshop has never before been held on the Patagonian Ice Field. We are extremely thrilled to announce this first-of-its-kind expedition for photographers.

You have surely seen thousands of images of the iconic mountains Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. But how many photos have you seen shot from the other side of these mountains? That’s right – not many. Yet the views from the ice cap are far more striking than those from the easily accessible viewpoints by the road. The Patagonian Ice Field is the third largest mass of ice on Earth and is a virtually untouched remote wilderness area.

The adventure will be led by two highly experienced mountain guides and the American outdoor photographer Michael Clark. Michael’s work is used by many notable organizations. The expedition is eleven days long, and you will spend a week of this trekking across the ice cap and photographing the stunning Marconi glacier, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and numerous other majestic peaks rising straight from the ice. The experience may be similar to landing on the Moon, in that the landscape will be unlike anything that you have photographed before.

This workshop is limited to six participants. At the end of this expedition, we will spend an entire day recovering in El Chalten, working up images and critiquing the images created on this expedition.

For a detailed itinerary and much more information on this exciting workshop visit the Vertical Shot Expedition website.

Workshop fee: $6,100
Please Note that this expedition is being run by Vertical Shot Expeditions, which is a European company so payments will be sent to Europe.

This is a strenuous trek in a harsh environment. No technical skills or previous glacier walking experience are required, but participants must to have camping and trekking experience prior to starting the expedition. When completing the booking form, please outline your previous outdoor experience. You should be fit to hike with a 50 pound (25 kg) backpack for 6-8 hours per day (unless you wish to hire a porter and trek just with your camera gear).

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