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.