Rope Work

Going up and down on the rope

Use grigri, ascender and pulley for going up and down on the rope. If you only need to go down a little bit you can move your ascender by pulling teethes on ascender with a thumb. You can use ladder instead of single step for more convenience. —

Camera safety

Attach camera to yourself with the leash for ice tools. In this case you have wide range of motion for your camera and it is still secured. —

Peak Design Capture

Use Peak Design Capture to hold your camera on your harness, so it doesn't hit the rock while hanging on the leash. —

Peak Design Leash Camera Strap

Use Peak Design Leash Camera Strap as your camera leash. One side clipped to the camera. Other side around your shoulder. —

Bosun's chair

Use bosun's chair if you are going to be hanging on the rope a lot. —

Danil Zarubin on Saxofon 6b+, Sarkit, Geyikbayiri, Turkey

Preparation and Logistics

Bright clothes

Your talent (subject) should wear bright clothes. You don't want climber to blend with the terrain. —

Communication with your subject

Always tell your subject direction referring their point of view. You can ask them to do exactly the same what you are doing. —

Scout the crag

Find unique rock features: arêtes, splitter cracks, tufas. —

Look for other photos from location

Do your research. Look for other photos of the climb you want to shoot, and use them to figure out what styles and angles work. —

Female rather then male

Female are much more visually appealing then male. —

Max Ten in Koridor, Geyikbayiri, Turkey


Images from the ground

Get from the side, show the steepness of a climb. Find negative space. Shoot a profile of a person. Look for contrast background. —


All of your subject's limbs should be visible. No body parts chopping. —;

Action type

Usually it is better to shoot energetic action rather than resting, clipping or chalking. But resting pose can be also good because climber can hang back from the wall. —;


Good shots incorporate climber's face. —

Adding depth

Incorporate foreground element such as texture of the wall nearby to add perspective you image. —

Landscape pictures

Subject can be really small if you take nice landscape picture. —

Capturing steepness

To capture steepness make silhouette or wide shot. —


It is always better to have rope going down on the picture. Runouts look good. —

Bright sunlight is bad

The best images are done when all the route is in shade. —

No Butt Shots

Pictures made by belayer suck. —;;

Rule of thirds

You want your climber to be on the upper left or right corner. —

Burst mode

Use this mode to capture best body position of your subject. —

High shutter speed

Keep shutter speed high in order to capture motion. —

Use lines for your composition

Use lines to lead views line to your subject. —