Workshops

mclark_hasw_0112_0576Each 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 – Louisiana – February 3-5, 2017

Himalayan Tales: Photographing Annapurna’s Secret Landscapes – Nepal – April 3 – 18, 2017

Mentor Series Photo Trek – Montana: Glacier National Park – July 5-9, 2017

Photography Sailing Expedition in Arctic Norway – Lofoten Islands, Norway – August 25 – September 1, 2017

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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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Mentor Series Photo Trek – Louisiana

February 3-5, 2017

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Founded in 1789, Saint Louis Cemetery has been the burial ground of some of the city’s most illustrious citizens. With its notable aboveground vaults and elaborate tombs, it will provide a ghostly backdrop for an afternoon photo shoot with live models.

Our portrait session continues at an 1823 apothecary shop on Chartes Street in the French Quarter. With its collection of old patent medicines, books and pharmaceutical equipment, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and courtyard will provide a characteristically French Quarter setting for a unique photo shoot.

louisiana2017We will also explore the wildlife areas outside of New Orleans. A sunrise shoot at Maurepas Lake will provide captivating silhouettes of cypress trees against the early morning sky. Capture the picturesque swamplands and wildlife of the bayou as we paddle through the dangling moss and gnarled cypress trees on a boat tour to a secluded Cajun village.

We will spend our evenings capturing twilight views of the skyline at the Crescent City Connection Bridge and in the heart of the French Quarter, at Jackson Square.
Experience the rich history and haunting beauty of New Orleans and the surrounding wetland areas. Join the Mentor Series for a memorable workshop in Louisiana – sign up today!

Cost: $1,250 includes in-the-field instruction, park fees, presentations, digital reviews & entrance fees

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Himalayan Tales: Photographing Annapurna’s Secret Landscapes

April 3 – 18, 2017

Location: Nepal

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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.

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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.

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Mentor Series Photo Trek – Montana: Glacier National Park and Native American PowWow

July 5-9, 2017

Location: Glacier National Park, Montana

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The Mentor Series is headed back to Montana, one of our favorite destinations. Montana never disappoints, especially when the focus is on magnificent Glacier National Park along with events highlighting Native American culture. Join Mentor Series and Nikon professional photographers David Tejada and Michael Clark as we explore the many ways of capturing dramatic landscapes, along with tips and techniques for shooting action, animals and people.

Sunset along the shores of Lake McDonald will be our first stop on capturing the beauty of the park. We’ll explore the majestic views along the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, characterized by waterfalls, jagged peaks, valleys bursting with wildflowers, and the classic red buses meandering along the highway. Be on the lookout for resident wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats and the always entertaining marmots. We’ve timed our drive to take in the sweet evening light as the sun dances across the peaks.

Glacier is noted for its historic and colossal hotels, including Glacier Park Lodge. Our visit here will provide photos ops of the well maintained flower gardens that lead up to the hotel, along with time to focus on the lofty interiors sporting massive Douglas fir pillars. Montana and wildlife go hand-in-hand. We’ll get up close and personal in a natural setting with a few “big critters” at the Triple D Game Farm.

The grandiose Many Glacier Hotel in the northeast corner of the park is our launching point for boat rides across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to the trailhead of Grinnell Glacier. It’s a healthy hike up the trail for sweeping overviews of Grinnell Lake, or opt for an easy walk to the lakeshore. Our accommodations for this trek are at the doorstep of the very colorful North American Indian Days Powwow in Browning. We’ll devote a day to capturing all the pageantry of this annual celebration, which includes an array of dancing, drumming, and stick games. Adjacent to the powwow grounds is the All Indian rodeo. Its nonstop photos ops – cowboys, bucking horses, Indian relays and racing. Working alongside David and Michael you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to capture the action at both events, from slow shutter speeds for dreamy movement to higher settings for tack sharp results.

Montana should be on the top of every photographer’s bucket list – join us for this amazing journey in Big Sky Country.

Cost: $1,625 includes National Park fees & permits, transportation to all shooting locations, daily lecture series, presentations and digital group review sessions.

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Photography Sailing Expedition in Arctic Norway – Lofoten Islands

August 25 – September 1, 2017

Location: Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Now in its fifth 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 beautiful mountainous islands. Between us, the team members here at Vertical Shot Expeditions have undertaken more than twenty journeys to Lofoten during the past decade – so we can certainly say that this stunning mountainous archipelago, with its islands rising straight from the sea, is our second home.

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 led by the legendary American outdoor photographer Michael Clark. 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.

The town of Svolvær at sunset in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway.

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. Whilst this is an expedition designed for photographers (rather than a photography workshop), you will still get loads of hands-on one-to-one tuition in the field from our tutor Michael Clark.

Sailing presents us with plenty of opportunities to take photographs from unusual viewpoints and to reach wild 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 pristine beaches and explore our surroundings on foot. There will be a good chance that we will be able to observe whales and orca as well as dolphins and seals. White-tailed eagles hunting for rabbits and fish will also frequently keep us company. On our previous sailing expeditions in Lofoten at this time of the year, we have experienced magical displays of Aurora Borealis lasting for hours.

Workshop fee: $3570 per person plus Boat Bank of $320/person
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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Stay tuned for other workshops coming in 2017

 

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