A compact will do to begin with – keep it simple!

Mountain photography is one of those things that, as a climber or mountaineer, you can appreciate, but invariably feel lacking in personal ability or opportunity.


One example of a mountaineer who both climbs and photographs, without compromising either is Chris, of Hiking, Climbing & Mountaineering (mostly) in Japan. Unfortunately, he is not currently active publicly, but has some helpful tips to share, and, if nothing else, take some time to browse his blog for examples and inspiration.


Here are just some of the key points from Chris, and you can find the full post here, which is highly recommended, and for access to the rest of the site.


  • Practice makes perfect. You need to exercise a skill in order to master it. A high volume of photographs taken does not equate to failure; some will turn out well, others will be discarded, but all contribute to achieving mastery.


  • Keep your camera handy. If it’s not in reach, it’s unlikely you will want to dig it out of your rucksack, especially when you are cold and tired. Plus, the moment may have disappeared by the time you do.


  • Get up early, stay up late. It’s no myth that the best light of the day is generally either in the morning or evening. This means you need to be there when, for example, the horizon seems to explode into a fiery red blaze. It’s a good discipline too, forcing yourself to think about the best time and position for a shot, as well as getting there to begin with.


  • Get out. This leads on from above. Don’t let life run you over. Plan to climb, walk, scramble or whatever, even if the weather forecast is bad. You may suffer a bit and not get any ‘money’ shots, but you’ll be doing what you love and at least stacking the odds in your favour for some good photos.


As mentioned above, don’t forget to check out the full article – http://i-cjw.com/blog/photography-brain-dump/ – and if all of this leaves you feeling confused, you can’t go too far wrong by starting with a compact (point and shoot) camera, getting outside and doing what you love.

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2 Responses to Key Tips for Mountain Photography

  1. Matt says:
    26 December 2013 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Nice article – very accessible. Thanks for the link to Chris’s site too – lots to see there. You mentioned that Chris is not currently active publicly, you don’t happen to know why, do you?

    • simon says:
      28 December 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Glad that you enjoyed it, Matt. It’s something I’ve been getting into more recently, and I have much to learn. It’s handy to be able to learn too from people like Chris.

      As far as I remember, the reason that he is no longer active is because he moved job or location, or both. He may still be active, but it not documenting it. Shame, as it was one of my favourite blogs.

      Are you an outdoor blogger? What’s your focus or area of activity?

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