Climbing Photography Gear


We have everything you need to take your climbing photography from ground shots, to beautiful imagery showing the climbers face instead of their other end.

Be sure to tag #cypherclimbing in your Instagram posts so we can see where you get sendy!


Nikki Smith in the Dolomites (Italy)

Need some tips & tricks?

Our staff loves to get out and take photos of co-workers, friends and our Cypher Ambassadors getting after it! They have a few tips and tricks to share with you!

Photo by Trent Whiting

  • - Have a goal for your photos. What do you want the photo to be used for? Some ideas are: used in a web ad, a social media post, magazine cover, feature photo in an editorial blog post. Having this goal helps with composition and focuses your attention to detail.
  • - Plan out the positions you want to shoot from while you're on the ground. Discuss them with your talent/model.
  • - Educate yourself about your gear and rigging. Knowledge leads to trust in your equipment which means less mental energy is spent fighting back fear instead of the mechanics of the photo.
  • - Don't be afraid of doing something only because it's already been done. Take the opportunity to be the first when it comes up, but don't shy away from shooting a rad climber on an iconic line just because it was the cover of last issue of Climbing Magazine.
  • - Understand your climber's goal. If they're shooting to send, don't let anything you do get in their way even if that means you come down and wait for the repeat to get photos. Inversely, if they're prepared to model, don't be shy asking them to wait for you to change position or asking them to repeat a move so you can try a different focal length.
  • - Don't be a wet noodle. Have fun shooting and help your talent have fun shooting. The pictures will turn out better because the camera will capture their body language and the viewer will see that when it's published. 

Trent Whiting, Content Coordinator at Cypher Climbing

Hanging on a static line is one of my favorite past times. Theres something so peaceful yet exciting about hanging above and being able to photograph and capture some amazing climbers working on their project. 

  • - Plan out the shot you want to get by doing research on the route beforehand so you can get the best angle and the most aesthetically pleasing move on the route.
  • - Bring something up to use as a directional. Getting in the way of a climber is not only dangerous, but can make them not want to work with you again if you're swinging into them as they are trying to send their project. Having a directinoal can also help you get a different angle that might make the shot that much better!
  • - Capture the moments that really make you feel something! Resting shots can sometimes look nice, but looking for those shots where you can almost hear the climbers try-hard grunts really add emotion and feeling to the image.
  • - Watch your composition. Make sure you aren't cutting off any limbs in your image, which may be hard with limiting range of motion with being on a static, but the harder the shot the better the image will be!
  • - Don't be afraid of failure, try out certain angles or compositions and if it doesn't work, try something new! Failure is the best way to learn and bring yourself to success.
  • - Have fun and enjoy the views while you are up there! If you are having fun it will show in your images.

Emily Trombly, Digital Marketing Specialist at Cypher Climbing

Photo by Emily Trombly