The Perfect Shot

Climbing Photography

Have you ever watched a climbing video or looked at pictures of climbers and wondered about how the photographer managed to get that shot? We enjoyed watching this peek behind the scenes with climbing photographer Simon Carter.

Points to consider:

  • Be a climber. Before trying to combine climbing and photography, it’s important to have experience and skill with climbing alone.
  • Essential composition challenge: balance. “You want to capture good action — but you also want to try to get a balance between the action and the landscape.”
  • Logistical challenge: getting into position. Often the best angle for getting a great perspective on the climber and the landscape requires the photographer to be suspended out in space. This can require days of planning and set up, with ropes anchored on multiple cliffs.
  • Use your imagination. It takes experimentation and adaptation to get great climbing photographs.