How to Use a Ladder in Rock Climbing Photography

Want to snap a photograph of a rock climber that doesn’t look like you’re also pressed against the face of the rock? Just bring along a step ladder! The photographs above show how adventure photographer Corey Rich used one last year while shooting a Nikon D4 promotional video featuring free-climber Alex Honnold. He secured it perpendicular to the face of the rock and stepped out onto the end and a better view of the action.

The shots were spotted on Rich’s website and in this behind-the-scenes video:

Here’s the amazing video that resulted:

It should go without saying, but make sure you know what you’re doing before using a ladder in the way shown above…

(via Corey Rich via Fstoppers)

Image credits: Photographs by Corey Rich

  • Ralph Casoli

    Bulls**t.. use one mono!

  • disco

    Terrible shame to have such shoddy audio with such nice footage. Is it the internal mic?

  • madmax

    Ok, beautiful commercial from Nikon, but too late, BBC already put them to shame…

  • The_photographer_Tom

    Strange, but at the beginning of the video there’s a Nikon logo and slogan. But at about 38 seconds into the film, the camera that the photogrpaher is using has the logo blacked out. I used to see that at pres conferences where the togs would hide the logo “‘cos Canon / Nikon don’t pay me to advertise for them”.

  • Blaine

    Tom – The logos were blacked out because we were working with prototype cameras. This was shot with the Nikon D4, months before the camera’s public launch. The entire crew had to be very cautious, given we were shooting in public places. We didn’t want to spoil the surprise!

  • The_photographer_Tom

    aah that explains it. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Joe Salmi

    I would LOVE to go along with someone as they do something like this. What an amazing set of videos… I only wish I had the know how and the equipment to put something like this together.