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. In the current climate, with COVID-19 ravaging the world, I am also offering an array of online workshops. Check back for more information on those online courses as I will list them here on the Workshops page as they become available.
Also, If you are interested in a private one-on-one workshop please contact me and we can discuss options and pricing. I also do one-on-one online consulting and tutoring on a wide variety of photography topics. At some point when it is safe to gather and travel, I hope to see you out there in the field this year.
From Capture to Print: The Complete Digital Photographer’s Workflow – an Online Workshop via Nobechi Creative – February 22 – March 5, 2021
Best Practices: Protecting, Storing and Archiving Your Digital Images – an Online Workshop via the Santa Fe Workshops – May 11 – 12, 2021
Japan: The Art of Motion – Nobechi Creative Workshops – Japan – May 11-19, 2022 (Pushed back due to Covid)
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“Michael is the best instructor I have taken a workshop from.” – Participant, Cutting-Edge Lighting Workshop
“Michael certainly knows his stuff. From Capture to Print: The Complete Digital Photographer’s Workflow is delivered in an easy to follow and comprehensive manner that covers many things that you may not expect – such as how to choose proper lighting to view and evaluate your prints or what color shirt to wear when you’re correcting images. I really appreciated that this is a pro workflow course delivered by a pro photographer. Michael is also a superb teacher, a superb communicator, who is welcoming and inviting of questions from all his participants. I took this workshop in June of 2020, using Zoom software. I was really amazed by how Michael made it seem like he’s been doing these workshops forever this way! Thank you Michael! It was a great pleasure being part of this workshop with so many others amazing photographers and a great pleasure to meet you. I learned much which is valuable to me and enjoyed doing so at the same time. And just to reiterate, as to the workshop: I’m impressed.” – Stephen Starkman, Toronto
“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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From Capture to Print: The Complete Digital Photographer’s Workflow
An online workshop taught via Zoom
February 22 – March 5, 2021
Digital photography is far more complicated than shooting film ever was. Knowing the best practices for a digital workflow will make you a better photographer. A complete digital workflow is also much more than just how you work up your images. How you set up the camera, expose the image, color manage your monitor and your work environment, as well as how you fine tune and print that image all have an effect on your final output. In this workshop we will cover the entire digital workflow process step-by-step so you can understand exactly what it takes to create the best possible images. At the end of this incredibly detailed, far-ranging course, participants will know more about a complete digital workflow than many working professional photographers.
In this course Michael covers:
- A discussion on Equipment Selection.
- Best practices for a shooting workflow from setting up your camera to understanding histograms and exposure options.
- How to clean the sensor on your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
- A fully color managed workflow including your work environment, monitor choice and monitor calibration.
- A deep dive into processing your images in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.
- Finalizing your images in Adobe Photoshop CC.
- Making fine art prints, choosing your printer, paper, and understanding ICC profiles.
- Backing up your images, storage options and strategies, and much more!
This online course via Zoom will incorporate six 3-hour sessions covering a complete array of topics concerning digital workflow for photographers seeking to create the best possible image quality. Note that we will be working with both Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. See the Course Outline below for more details on what will be covered in each section.
Class length: 2-weeks from February 22 – March 5, 2021.
Six 3-hour live sessions conducted via Zoom as follows:
North America: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 2PM PST/3PM MST/4PM CST/5PM EST
Video recordings of each session will be made and uploaded to a participants-only private channel in case you miss a session or wish to go back and watch something over again.
BONUS: Participants will also receive a free copy of Michael’s renowned digital workflow book A Professional Photographer’s Workflow: Using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (7th Edition)
Registrants will receive a link to a detailed class syllabus.
- Session 1 Topics: Introduction, Camera Set-up, Color Management
- Session 2 Topics: An Introduction to Lightroom
- Session 3 Topics: Lightroom Develop Module in-depth, Photoshop intro topics
- Session 4 Topics: Finalizing Images in Photoshop, Prepping for printing, printer choices
- Session 5 Topics: Making Fine Art prints: Paper choices, printing from Lightroom, printing from Photoshop
- Session 6 Topics: Backing up images, other workflow possibilities, prepping images for social media and a Final Q&A
Class level: This class is appropriate for anyone from novice digital shooters to professionals who want to improve efficiencies in their workflow, color calibration and printing techniques. This is the most comprehensive, detailed digital photography workflow online offering out there. In addition, the class size is small for an online workshop, allowing plenty of opportunity to ask Michael questions, and the video recordings allow for participants flexibility for missed sessions.
Maximum class size: 20 students
Digital camera and memory card
Computer with internet connection
Zoom account (free subscription level is fine) (www.zoom.us)
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
Access to a printer/paper is recommended (see notes below)
Notes: you do not need to own a high end inkjet printer or color calibration device to take this workshop. For those wishing to upgrade to a high-end professional printer, you may want to wait until experiencing this workshop to make your choice. In the meantime, your existing printer at home, plus appropriate fine art paper made by your printer maker will suffice.
For more information and to register for the From Capture to Print workshop visit Nobechi Creative.
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Best Practices: Protecting, Storing and Archiving Your Digital Images
A Santa Fe Workshops online workshop taught via Zoom
May 11 – 12, 2021
If you have ever lost digital images due to a hard drive crash, image corruption, theft, or fire, you know how important a robust, well thought out digital storage and backup system is in this age of digital photography. Backing up and archiving digital images can be an overwhelming and daunting task, especially in light of the technology involved. With our images existing mostly as 1’s and 0’s on hard drives, the loss or corruption of a hard drive can wipe out a lifetime of images and digital content all at once. If you value your images, building a solid storage and archiving solution to ensure the protection of your digital content is critical.
Join Michael Clark for a two-evening webinar as he demystifies the complex topic of storing and archiving digital images. Michael presents his strategies for safeguarding his images and covers a wide range of topics including backup strategies, connection speeds, hard drive options, hardware choices and options, RAID options, the costs involved, how to properly and safely archive your images, Cloud storage, backing up your computer, and much more. This program is an A-to-Z comprehensive look at tried-and-true image storage solutions.
Michael discusses in detail his experiences with various storage solutions and the nitty gritty of what works and what doesn’t. Whether you have terabytes of images or just want to back up your smartphone, this program gives you an excellent understanding of how to think through your storage needs, the steps required to build a robust storage solution for your digital content, and the tools you need to make smart decisions to protect your content no matter what calamities may come.
A Question-and-Answer session follows each daily presentation. Questions from the participants will be reviewed and selected during this informal wrap-up conversation.
You can still experience these two presentations even if you can’t make one of the live events. Each session is recorded and made available for two weeks following the live event.
For more information and to register for this workshop visit the Santa Fe Workshops website.
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Japan: The Art of Motion
May 11-19, 2021
Location: Multiple Locations in Japan
Not just a travel photo tour, not just a lighting workshop, but a unique opportunity to photograph Japan in Motion: Martial artists, theatre performers, bullet trains and festivals to create a strong, dynamic body of work that will have your friends and colleagues in awe of your photography, while learning invaluable lighting techniques courtesy of Michael, and diving deeply into the beautiful Japanese culture through George.
Japan is a country constantly on the move. With the fastest bullet trains in the world, and sports old and new, there are ample opportunities to create ambitious images of both the modern and ancient Japanese culture in motion. In this photography workshop with Michael Clark and George Nobechi we will push ourselves to create dynamic images that impart motion into the world of still photography. Using advanced lighting techniques*** with both strobes and continuous lights (not to worry if you are new to lights—Michael and George will be there to help you), incorporating motion blur, and featuring incredible athletes and martial artists we will set up a wide variety of scenarios to practice and produce stunning images.
Michael has spent the entirety of his career capturing images of athletes in motion in remote locations for some of the most prestigious clients in the World including Apple, Nike, Nikon, Fujifilm, Red Bull, Nokia, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and many more. In Japan we will adapt his techniques to a wide variety of traditional sports, performances, culture and events in stunning locations. The aim of this workshop is to craft images that are dramatic, unusual and out of the norm—images that stand out and grab the viewer’s attention but are unmistakably Japanese.
We will start with a few days in Tokyo, where we have access to some phenomenal athletes and performing artists in a variety of venues. For the second part of the workshop we will head out into the beautiful Japanese countryside and work with martial artists, dancers and traditional performers. In addition we will have the opportunity to photograph an exhilarating festival, where we will be able to take the techniques we have learned and use them in an uncontrolled environment. Through out the workshop we will have plenty of time to really get creative and explore the possibilities in each location.
Of course, throughout the workshop, Michael will also share his extensive knowledge of digital workflow and show participants how he works up his images to a very high level. Each day will find us on location capturing powerful images in addition to image critiques, discussions on various techniques, and thinking through the types of images we hope to create that day. Michael first visited Japan in May of 2019 and enjoyed the country so much he immediately hatched the idea to coordinate with George on creating this unique workshop.
George, with his extensive knowledge of Japan, and its culture, will be our guide to help us stay true to the traditions and also dial in our experience so that we not only come away with incredible images but also get to experience a side of Japan that is rarely seen by tourists. George will also instruct you in filling out your Japan portfolio with carefully crafted landscapes, environmental portraits and still-life shooting around the main workshop photography led and taught by Michael.
Class size: 6 people (Minimum 5 people required for the class to proceed)
***All lighting equipment will be provided by Elinchrom and Michael Clark will be there to help fine tune and set up the lighting for all participants.
For more information and to register for this workshop visit the Nobechi Creative website.
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Stay tuned for other workshops coming later this year…