The Complete Guide to Taking Sick Climbing Photos

You see untold climbing photos nearly every day and most of them suck. The bad news is they're your pics. It doesn't have to be this way. Follow the advice from these five expert climbing photographers and start taking world-class pics you'll be proud to share.

Photo: Jan Novak

Get hands-on practical advice from Academy Award winning and National Geographic photographer Jimmy Chin. In this online-course Jimmy Chin shares advice for setting up a climbing shoot, how to prep, gear he carries and takes you behind the scenes in the making of Free Solo. Enroll in Climbing Photography With Jimmy Chin today!

You’re inundated every day with climbing photos on social media and blogs and websites, but fact is most of those shots suck. The bad news: those are your photos. With today’s nearly foolproof camera phones, many of which rival the technical abilities of DSLRs, it is possible to take pro-level shots, you just need a bit of help getting there. What follows are a series easy-to-digest self-help articles by pros and advanced amateurs who have had a hand in setting the bar for climbing photography. Read, absorb the wisdom, and up your photo game.

How to Take a Beautiful Climbing Photo (Hint: Stop Taking Butt Shots)

10 Rules for Climbing Photography

8 Tips for Not Bad Climbing Photos

Tech Tips: Photo Motive – Buttshotphobia

The Guide to Mountain Photography

Film: How Matt Cornell Free Soloed One of America’s Classic Hard Mixed Routes

"The Nutcracker" explores the mental challenges of solo climbing and the tactics Cornell used to help him send the route.