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Caro Cuartas · · Denver, CO · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 5

Hello hello!

I'm a professional sports photographer (mainly baseball, soccer, football), but I love climbing more than anything. I would love to merge my two passions and get more serious about shooting climbers.

I've been taking a few shots of friends here and there, but I want to get more serious about it and get some better shots!

My question is what gear is needed and which lens is the best to use?

Also, if anyone would like to teach more jumaring so I can great shots or send some resources of how I can learn I would be forever grateful!

Let's meet up and take some cool shots!

Here is a shot I took last weekend on top of a boulder:

Boulder Canyon
CornCob · · Sandy, UT · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 20
Here is an article from climbing magazine that you may be interested in. I'm not a fan of "rules" for photography, but they are interesting guidelines to consider.
Caro Cuartas · · Denver, CO · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 5

Thanks! Do you shoot at all?

TDoyle · · Milford, MA · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 140

I've done well shooting climbing with just a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Get yourself in the right position with the right lighting and you shouldn't need anything too fancy. (of course if you have a specific shot in mind you might need specific pieces of gear to make it work).
The article CornCob shared has some good tips.
If you're already a photographer then you probably already know the basics (facial expressions, lighting, colors, etc...)
This should give you a good baseline set up. It is more specifically geared towards video but I've used this same set up (minus the painters poles).

Caro Cuartas · · Denver, CO · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 5

Thanks for the great video!

BrianWS · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 790

You can also climb adjacent routes and setup a self-controlled descent with a grirgri. This is a nice method if you don't have the equipment or experience needed to ascend fixed lines.

1. Climb to the anchors of an adjacent route. Tether yourself as if you were getting ready to be lowered.

2. Without ever been taken off belay, have your belayer feed a few feet of slack to you. Pull this slack and set up your grigri such that the brake strand is the end of your rope leading down to the belayer. You should now be able to take up the slack with your own grigri and be safely taken off belay.

3. Pull enough rope from below your brake strand to lower a loop to the ground. Your belayer can now attach your camera gear to the loop by tying an overhand bight.

4. Haul your gear up, take up slack, and remove your tether. You can now lower yourself into the desired position, and shoot away!

Now the fun part - keep your beautiful shots off of MP unless you are cool with them using your work without permission or credit. The terms and conditions entitle them to full usage rights of your work, although they are very cool about giving credit where credit is due, but you might have to ask for it after the fact!

TDoyle · · Milford, MA · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 140

replace the ascender with a prussic if you don't have one. it's way less efficient but definitely cheaper.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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