Summit Online Tutorial Review Featuring Brad Smith – by Peter Lockley

Peter LockleyPeter Lockley is a sports and portrait photographer who works with editorial and corporate clients to create dynamic and story telling images. Peter began his career at the University of Colorado, majoring in journalism and fine art. After graduating in 2003, he spent five years as the chief sports photographer for the Washington Times, covering four major sports teams and five local colleges. He has since gone on to work with clients like ESPN the Magazine, the Colorado Rockies, Clarkson Creative, and the NCAA. Peter currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Emily.

Founded by legendary Sports Illustrated photographer and former National Geographic Director of Photography Rich Clarkson, the Summit Series of Workshops has featured some of the best photographers and editors in the country for nearly three decades.

Their team recently launched a series of online classes at The lessons cover lighting, sports, nature, and adventure photography, and feature many of the instructors who teach at their live workshops. I was given the opportunity to watch one of those tutorials, “Inside an Editor’s Mind, with Brad Smith.”

Brad Smith - Summit Course

Brad Smith is currently the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated and has over 20 years of experience under his belt, including past positions at the White House and the New York Times.

His course covers all of the work that goes into covering a big event (in this case, Olympic swimming) from initial prep with the photographers to final edits for the magazine.

Brad Smith - Summit Course

Smith breaks down a shoot by Robert Beck at the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay at the 2012 Olympics in London. He starts with over 400 images, and critiquing as he goes, narrows the selection down to a small group of potential covers, “leading offs,” and section openers. It’s a unique look into the editing process, that offers insight into what a Sports Illustrated editor looks for and why.

Brad Smith - Summit Course

The lesson plan culminates with a short quiz that tests what you’ve learned. At $29.99, the classes are competitively priced in comparison to other online learning platforms like Creative Live and KelbyOne. The production quality is great, and overall I think their online efforts live up to the high standard that the Summit Series has established over the years.

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