Brand Ambassador MICHAEL CLARK

Michael is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, big-wave surfers and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and dramatic lighting to capture fleeting moments of passion, gusto, flair and bravado in the outdoors. Balancing extreme action with subtle details, striking portraits and wild landscapes, he creates images for the editorial, advertising and stock markets worldwide.
As a former physicist Michael has worked on both sides of the technical revolution – helping refine the technology and using it for his current profession. Michael has worked as a professional photographer since 1996 and added digital photography to his repertoire in 2003. While Michael still shoots some film, mostly medium format, the lion’s share of his images are now produced with high-resolution digital cameras.
He has been featured in Digital Photo Pro (December 2011), Outdoor Photographer (September 2001), Nikon World Magazine(Summer 2006), Digital Photographer (UK, 2010), Rangefinder Magazine (May 2010), and New Mexico Magazine (2007) for his work with extreme sports. Digital Photo Pro proclaimed Michael a “Master of Adventure” Photography in their 2011 Masters issue.

Why is color management important to your workflow?

A color managed workflow is the cornerstone of any digital photography workflow. I would go so far as to say that a high-end Adobe RGB monitor and a top-notch colorimeter are as important if not more important than what camera and lens you use to capture the image if you care about color.

What would you say is your greatest achievement to this day?

Greatest achievement. Hard to say, I have had a pretty amazing career, and maybe that is the achievement, still having a career in this very competitive, and challenging industry after 26 years.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I wanted to be an astronaut, a pro tennis player or a photographer when I was in high school. I studied Physics at University because I wanted to be an astronaut but my obsession with rock climbing and mountaineering pulled me towards photography.

What is a top tip for people who aspire to do what you do?

Follow your passions. If you want to make it as a pro photographer, you will have to be obsessed. This isn’t a career, it is an all consuming lifestyle. Just like becoming a professional athlete, you have to want a career in photography more than just about anything else to make it happen. How bad do you want it and what are you willing to give up to make it happen?


If you want accurate color and are looking to make print that look like what you see on your monitor then a high-end, accurate monitor that is calibrated and profiled is critical.

Michael Clark

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