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 list 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.

Surfing Photography Workshop – North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii – February 21 – 24, 2019

Cutting-Edge Lighting Techniques – Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe, New Mexico – July 2019

Adventure Photography Workshop – Summit Workshops – Jackson, Wyoming – September 7-12, 2019


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Workshop Testimonials:

“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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Surfing Photography Workshop

February 21 – 24, 2019

Location: North Shore of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort

Instructors: Brian Bielmann and Michael Clark

Send me an email to register for the Surfing Photography Workshop

After a few years off, the Surfing Photography Workshop is back and is slated for February 2019. This workshop has been so popular over the last several years that we are putting it on again. This workshop is by far one of the best workshops I have ever been a part of. In fact it is so much fun, we have had several people take it twice and a few of them even want to take it again in 2019. I have never had anyone take any of my other workshops more than once so that gives you some idea of the great time we have in this Surfing Photography Workshop.

Join legendary surfing photographer Brian Bielmann and adventure sports photographer Michael Clark for an exciting one-of-a-kind workshop that delves into the world of surfing photography. Brian is a top surfing photographer who has been shooting the sport for more than 40 years. Michael brings his adventure photography skills and knowledge as well as his in-depth experience with digital workflow to round out the workshop.

This 4-day workshop combines daily photo shoots at world-class surfing locations, lifestyle photo shoots and classroom instruction. We will be spending half of our time shooting in the early mornings and in the late afternoon and evenings when the waves and the light are at their best. The other half of our time will be spent in the classroom. All of the classroom instruction will be centered around image critiques, discussions on gear, strategies and the business of photography as well as in-depth discussions on shooting surfing. We’ll also cover digital workflow in detail using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop.

The workshop is scheduled during a period where large waves hit the north shore frequently. Though we cannot predict or guarantee the wave size or surfing conditions, the north shore of Oahu serves up sizable waves regularly. Depending on the waves, we will choose the best locations for shooting and we will also schedule lifestyle shoots that help to fill out our coverage of the world of surfing.

Cost: $2,295 USD

A deposit of $700 is required to secure your spot in the workshop. Final balance will be due no later than January 15, 2019.

Enrollment for the workshop will be limited to ten people maximum. We are limiting enrollment this year to make sure we can give our full attention to a smaller group. The cost of the workshop does not include travel expenses, hotels, transportation or meals. Those expenses are in addition to the cost of the workshop. We will provide an opening night get together and one group meal as part of the workshop.

Go to my blog to read the workshop announcement with more information on this workshop. To register for this workshop please send me an email and I can send the registration form along with a payment request for the $700 deposit.


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Cutting-Edge Lighting Techniques

Stay tuned for exact dates

Location: Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe, New Mexico

How do you separate your work from the pack? Do you want to break down the barriers that are keeping your photography from standing out? In the last five years, flash manufacturers have added some incredible technology to their latest strobes. Michael has been working with these new flash technologies for over seven years and has helped a few companies perfect the technology. High Speed Sync and Hi-Sync (HS) allow us to freeze action like never before, light subjects from ridiculous distances and easily create lit portraits with incredibly shallow depth of field. In short, we can create images that were never possible before.

Designed for intermediate to experienced photographers, this 5-day workshop concentrates on creating unique images using cutting edge lighting technology. Working with elite athletes, dancers and models both in the studio and out on location, we aim to create images that are not easy to duplicate. Topics covered during the week include high speed sync flash techniques, multiple exposure flash techniques, freezing motion, stroboscopic lighting, advanced portrait lighting, motion blur and rear curtain strobe techniques, and mixing continuous lighting with strobes.

Classroom time includes daily editing, group critiques, and one-on-one meetings with Michael. In addition, Michael shares his insights and experiences in the photo industry, including career development, portfolios, and how to shoot for editorial and commercial clients.

Cost: TBD


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Adventure Photography Workshop

September 7-12, 2019

Location: Summit Workshops – Jackson, Wyoming

Register for the Adventure Photography Workshop

Action and Adventure Junkies Rejoice! Set out on a photography journey in the Grand Tetons with our faculty of adventure photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more. Work with the expert photographers and learn the shooting and scouting techniques that they use to land their images in top publications, meet the editors behind some of the world’s most daring photography expeditions and learn how they hire photographers, and even spend a night camping with the faculty as you network with them throughout the workshop.

In this workshop, you’ll be exposed to every aspect of adventure photography, from adventure and outdoor sports photography to product and outdoor commercial photography. The Adventure Workshop is for photographers of all ages and skill levels, and although some hiking is required, there is no recommended minimum level of fitness.

What you’ll learn:

The Business of Adventure Photography.
How to Shoot Trail Running, Climbing, Kayaking, Lifestyle, and more!
How to Light Outdoor Action and Adventure Sports.
How to Pitch an Adventure/Expedition Shoot to an Editor.
How to Effectively Shoot Outdoor Product Photography.
Filmmaking Techniques.
How to Solve Real Life Problems On-Location.
Freelance Photography, How to Sell Your Photos

Instructors: Dave Black, Sadie Quarrier, Lucas Gilman, Jen Edney, Bo Bridges, Ryan Taylor, Scott Wilson, Ron Taniwaki and Michael Clark.

Cost: $1,995 USD

For more information and to register for this workshop visit the Summit Workshops website.


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Stay tuned for other workshops coming in 2019…