GUIDE ONE

Photographing Rock Climbing

Learn to light and shoot rock climbing

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Join Michael Clark on a rock climbing photo shoot in Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado with professional climbers Delaney Miller and Ben Rueck. In this 2-part guide, Michael will walk you through the gear he brought and used for the photo shoot, including his lighting and photo gear, as well as his climbing equipment.

Then, we’ll take you behind the scenes to learn how Michael sets up his lighting, captures the images and works with the climbers to produce both action images and portraits.

See what it takes to capture epic rock climbing images and how you should prepare yourself to photograph the exciting world of rock climbing.

 
 

 

Part 1: Inside the Shoot

In this in-depth, behind the scenes video you will see how Michael Clark, working with his assistant Andrew Bisharat, created artificially lit rock climbing images at Rifle Mountain Park with world-renown, professional climbers Delaney Miller and Ben Rueck. Michael walks you through his thought process, how he works with the rock climbers and how he goes about setting up both the images and the lighting when shooting rock climbing images.

 
 
 

Part 2: What to Pack & Why

This video goes through all of the gear that was brought out and used for the rock climbing shoot with Delaney Miller and Ben Rueck. Note that because we were able to park so close to the actual climbing Michael brought a huge amount of gear, much of which was not used. On a typical rock climbing shoot, where you would have to walk a few miles into the crag, the amount of gear that would be carried in would be a fraction of what you see here—or would require a few assistants to get it all into the location.

 
 

Equipment List

Adventure School Team

  Michael Clark    Michael Clark is an internationally published adventure 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 numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers and many other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and cutting-edge, dramatic lighting techniques 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 editorial and advertising clients worldwide.  A sampling of Michael's clients include Apple, Nike, Nikon, Adobe, Red Bull, Microsoft, Nokia, Patagonia, New Balance, Gatorade, Elinchrom,  National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal,  and  The New York Times among many others. He has won numerous awards for his photography and  Digital Photo Pro  proclaimed Michael a "Master of Adventure" Photography” in their 2011 Masters issue.    Website  |  Blog  |  Workshops  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Michael Clark 

Michael Clark is an internationally published adventure 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 numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers and many other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and cutting-edge, dramatic lighting techniques 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 editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

A sampling of Michael's clients include Apple, Nike, Nikon, Adobe, Red Bull, Microsoft, Nokia, Patagonia, New Balance, Gatorade, Elinchrom, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal, and The New York Timesamong many others. He has won numerous awards for his photography and Digital Photo Pro proclaimed Michael a "Master of Adventure" Photography” in their 2011 Masters issue.

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  Ben Rueck    Growing up in the rural farm lands of Western Colorado, rock climbing was the furthest thing from my mind.  I didn't even know it existed.  For years I'd grown to appreciate the outdoors adventuring through the desert; but never really connected or understood the beauty of being apart of nature.  The outdoors was a tool to be used.  When I was seventeen that all changed.  I was introduced to climbing and the complexity of the sport weaved itself into my life.  I was no longer an observer but an active participant in the world around me.  Ben Rueck is a world-class rock climber who currently travels the world exploring new routes and climbing at the highest levels.    Website  |    Facebook  |    Instagram

Ben Rueck

Growing up in the rural farm lands of Western Colorado, rock climbing was the furthest thing from my mind.  I didn't even know it existed.  For years I'd grown to appreciate the outdoors adventuring through the desert; but never really connected or understood the beauty of being apart of nature.  The outdoors was a tool to be used.  When I was seventeen that all changed.  I was introduced to climbing and the complexity of the sport weaved itself into my life.  I was no longer an observer but an active participant in the world around me.

Ben Rueck is a world-class rock climber who currently travels the world exploring new routes and climbing at the highest levels.

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  Delaney Miller   Delaney Miller is a professional climber. Her story began with a birthday party and an old concrete climbing gym in downtown Frisco, Texas. She was a scrawny twelve-year-old girl with oversized tennis shoes and endless curiosity. She was enchanted by the glittering chalk dust, the strange hold shapes, types and colors, and the unique physical and mental challenge of getting to the top of the wall. The day that the local climbing coach asked her to be a part of the team remains a vivid memory. It’s been ten years since that day and her passion for the sport has continued to grow. She has won the US Open Rock Climbing Nationals three times for lead climbing and has placed seventh at two Women’s lead climbing world cups. In addition to competition climbing, She is developing multi-pitch and expedition skills.    Website  |    Facebook  |    Instagram

Delaney Miller

Delaney Miller is a professional climber. Her story began with a birthday party and an old concrete climbing gym in downtown Frisco, Texas. She was a scrawny twelve-year-old girl with oversized tennis shoes and endless curiosity. She was enchanted by the glittering chalk dust, the strange hold shapes, types and colors, and the unique physical and mental challenge of getting to the top of the wall. The day that the local climbing coach asked her to be a part of the team remains a vivid memory. It’s been ten years since that day and her passion for the sport has continued to grow. She has won the US Open Rock Climbing Nationals three times for lead climbing and has placed seventh at two Women’s lead climbing world cups. In addition to competition climbing, She is developing multi-pitch and expedition skills.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

  Andrew Bisharat    Andrew Bisharat is a climber, author, writer, creative, ghostwriter, and all-around media guy living in Western Colorado with his wife, daughter, and dog. He’s a longtime rock climber, and publishes the popular climbing blog Evening Sends. He specializes in longform storytelling, ghostwriting and viral blogging, especially on topics related to the climbing world. He has also  authored a number of books on climbing related topics. His Evening Sends blog was named by  Outside magazine  as one of the top 10 climbing blogs in 2012.    Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram

Andrew Bisharat

Andrew Bisharat is a climber, author, writer, creative, ghostwriter, and all-around media guy living in Western Colorado with his wife, daughter, and dog. He’s a longtime rock climber, and publishes the popular climbing blog Evening Sends. He specializes in longform storytelling, ghostwriting and viral blogging, especially on topics related to the climbing world. He has also  authored a number of books on climbing related topics. His Evening Sends blog was named by Outside magazine as one of the top 10 climbing blogs in 2012.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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