Summit Lighting

Bring Your Photography out of the Darkness

Take your photography to new heights with the nation’s top photo lighting experts. Learn how you can vastly improve your photography and make more money by incorporating lighting equipment into your shoots. Don’t just learn about the lighting equipment itself, learn how it can be used in several different settings and scenarios to create unique and desirable photos.

In this class, you will go on-location into the studio to learn simple/complex lighting setups for studio portraits, how to combine on-location and studio lighting techniques to make creatively lit action portraits and experimenting with light. The Lighting Workshop is for photographers of all skill levels, and lighting equipment will be provided.

What you’ll learn:


Due upon registration
$ 495
  • Deposit holds your spot in the workshop
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Early Bird Tuition

Sign up early for a discounted tuition!
$ 1795
  • Early bird tuition until February 2023
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Full Tuition

Lighting Workshop Tuition
$ 2199
  • Workshop Tuition after February 2023


Taylor Ballantyne

Matt Hernandez

Workshop Faculty

JC Carey

Miguel Quiles

Taylor Ballantyne

Ballantyne began her career in Los Angeles with commercial and creative work in the fashion and design world.  She segued into video production by shooting and editing films for New York, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. In 2013 Ballantyne joined Sports Illustrated as a photographer for all brands within SI. In July 2017, she received her first national cover for Sports Illustrated; becoming one in an elite group of women to receive a national cover in the Magazine’s 60-year history. In February 2018, she produced, directed and photographed her first spread in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and created a short film entitled — “In Her Own Words” – a powerful black-and-white campaign that replaced the traditional Body Paint for the issue. Under Ballantyne’s direction, this was the first black-and-white, no-swimsuit series with an all female crew in the 54 year history of the SI Swimsuit magazine.

In November 2020, Ballantyne directed Jake Hoot in “I Would’ve LovedYou”. The song and video feature his coach, Kelly Clarkson. This is Ballantyne’s directorial debut in the world of music videos. Though her background lies within commercial and advertising, she has created many short documentary narratives. Ballantyne’s goal is to continue on this path as a director, continuing her work in music videos, while moving into commercials, film and television.

Ballantyne studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. She is currently based in Nashville, TN but travels across the country and internationally often for work.

Matt Hernandez

Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”
Workshop Faculty

JC Carey

Joseph “JC” Carey is a lifetime image maker that like many photographers was terrified of lighting until he was gifted with a class in 2007. The class wasn’t very informative with too many of the “recipes” that people love to share rather than teach how to light, but it lit a fire that has never stopped burning. That gift changed everything. It transformed him from someone that barely took pictures of people and knew nothing about lighting into someone still trying to figure out how to light everything. 

The last 14 years have passed with him being blessed with a daughter, a career doing what he loves, multiple magazine covers, and with meeting amazing people and trying to create great images of them. The art of photography and taking pictures is his passion but the ability to make his vision a reality in a photograph is what truly drives him. 

JC has taught all over the US including being part of the Faculty at Summit Workshops. 

JC joined the FJ Westcott Company in 2020 as their Eastern Accounts Manager and also works as a professional photographer.  

Follow his Instagram at JCPhotoMedia

Miguel Quiles

Miguel Quiles is a Sony Artisan Of Imagery. He is a beauty & portrait photographer currently residing in Orlando, Florida.  He’s presented on various platforms including CreativeLIVE, Photo Plus, Imaging USA, WPPI, & Shutterfest. He hosts a show on Sony’s official YouTube channel and has a channel of his own where he teaches various ways photographers can improve their photography.

You will learn

Advanced Lighting
Studio Lighting
Action Lighting
Posing & working with models
Hair & Makeup to achieve styles

What To Know

Workshop Itinerary

Day one
  • Registration
  • Will begin at approx. 3:00 P.M.
  • Tech Talk
  • Reception
  • Evening Presentation
Day two
  • Basic Lighting Instruction
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Group Brainstorm, Sketch, Ideas
  • Student Work with Models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Social Networking event
Day three
  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Evening social event
Day four
  • Upload and Q&A
  • Critique
  • Instructor Demo Shoot
  • Student work with models
  • Instructor Presentation
  • Closing Dinner presented by B&H
  • Ends at approx. 10:00 P.M.

You should take this workshop if...

You want to be exposed to and comfortable with the full array of on and off camera lighting.

You want to receive professional instruction on Lighting, Marketing, Working With Editors, and the Professional Photography Market

You want to learn and grow from the best photographers in the industry, and take part in premiere networking opportunities. You also want to find friends within a like-minded community.

You want to have the opportunity to customize your experience based on what you hope to learn and which shoots are most interesting​.


Discounted rates have been secured for students at the Springhill Suites in Denver. This is where the workshop classroom is located and where the faculty and staff will be staying! We hope you’ll take advantage of this discount at the workshop hub! 

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