An Interesting BTS Look at What It Takes to Be a Cave Photographer

It might not be one of the best-known or most popular genres of the trade, but cave photography is an actual thing… and it’s not easy.

In the behind the scenes video above, Knoxville-based photographer Chris Higgins shows us just how much dedication, discipline and dirt it takes to get incredible photographs of the mysterious worlds hidden within the Earth.

Teaming up with a few members of Joby, the crew heads out with Higgins to hike and spelunk their way to their destination — capturing the entire journey on a number of GoPros.

Crawling through crevices just small enough to squeeze a body through and repelling down hundreds of feet, this BTS look at what it takes to get that caving shot isn’t for the claustrophobic, but it does show just how much work and gear goes into this genre of photography.

And as you can see from the above Instagram post by Higgins, human bodies aren’t the only ones taking a beating: Lenses, camera bodies and flashes all seem to come back with little keepsakes from the journey.


The full video, which clocks in at just over seven minutes, is an extremely interesting watch whether or not you’re a fan of cave photography. So press play and embark on a daring adventure from the comfort of your desk chair.

And if you’d like to see a full list of the gear used, along with some more BTS photos, head on over to Joby’s blog post about the entire trip.

(via Imaging Resource)

  • Adam Cross

    Someone please tell him about Aquatech

  • Ralph Hightower

    I imagine that going down is easy.

  • Vin Weathermon

    My body said “no way” just watching the video. Love caves, love photography…but that is a huge amount of physical work….not for the old and tubby.

  • dragonswing

    I believe the author of the story meant “rapelling down hundreds of feet”. Does anyone care about checking spelling any more?

  • Eden Wong

    Aquatech housings are way too bulky. They get smashed to bits in tight caves.

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  • Adam Cross

    better to smash a housing than destroy your camera, lenses and flashes, right?

  • Eden Wong

    Nope. It’s easier to protect your equipment using normal means. It’s ultra important to keep dimensions are small as possible – some of the spaces these cavers are negotiating are tight beyond belief.

    By its very nature with this type of photography some equipment has to become expendable to a certain point.

    It’s a really, REALLY rough/dangerous/complicated environment and every extra millimetre and every extra gram is important.

  • Adam Cross

    well, he can carry all that camera gear down regardless of the right spaces already, so I would think one piece of extra gear wouldn’t stop him.

  • Eden Wong

    One extra piece of useless gear is immaterial for the overwhelming majority of photo gigs, but it’s unthinkable when spelunking.