Trail Runner Photo Camp
This three-day course puts you in the field under the watchful eye of trail running’s top pro shooters. Learn the tricks of lighting, composition, getting in position, anticipating movement and more, from the photographers who have succeeded in the field.
You will also learn how to efficiently edit your images, and how to improve them in Photoshop. The camp also covers what magazine editors look for in submissions, and how to improve your chances of getting published.
What to Expect
Days are spent in the field shooting some of the sport’s top trail runners. On the fantastic trails around Aspen, Colorado, our crew of athletes will run while you shoot and receive instruction. In the evenings you’ll return to the hotel for dinner, photo processing and a critique of your day’s work by the instructors. The goal is to improve your photography each day and have you go home with professional-level photos.
Each student will receive a photo-assignment agreement—you’ll be shooting as a professional, gaining invaluable insight into the field, and getting the opportunity to have your photos published in Trail Runner in our print feature highlighting the three-day camp. … And one lucky photographer may see his or her image on the cover of that issue! We will also publish a gallery from the camp on trailrunnermag.com.
Neither expertise in trail running or photography is required, only an enthusiasm about running photography.
Accommodations and meals are included in the cost of camp. (Vegetarian and special-needs diets can be accommodated upon request.)
Paid enrollment is limited to 15 students to maintain a low student-to-instructor ratio.
What to bring
Camera(s) and any other equipment you need for shooting, laptops for post-shoot editing, outdoor apparel suitable for the variable mountain weather … and last but not least, a good pair of trail-running shoes!
Image by Nate Palmer
A reformed former scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Fred Marmsater has catapulted into the outdoor-photography biz as one of its busiest shooters. His work has been regularly featured in Trail Runner, and includes a recent feature on his adventure to the wild King’s Trail in his homeland, Sweden, and several cover images.
Check out his website: https://www.fredrikmarmsater.com
He specializes in shooting in remote locations and capturing athletes pushing their limits. During expedition skiing and long trail runs, he gets into beautiful and seldom-seen locations to bring back fresh images. Good luck keeping up with him, even when he’s loaded down with an extra 40 pounds of camera gear.
A 20-year veteran of both mountain living and the ultrarunning scene, not to mention a ten-time Hardrock 100 finisher, Howie Stern turned his passion for the outdoors into a career in the creative field of photography.
Over the last few years, he has traveled extensively, living life on the road, capturing the action at trail-running events all over the United States and beyond. His work has been featured in publications both nationally and internationally. Howie’s specialty is capturing the human side of the sport, showcasing the joy, pain, triumph and defeat that all athletes endure, whether elite or back of the pack.
Check out Howie’s website: https://www.howiestern.com/
Over the past 15 years, Randy Levensaler, Trail Runner’s Art Director, has worked as art director, graphic designer, photo editor and photographer and, on some occasions, all of them at the same time. He has worked with numerous outdoor companies, including Marmot, La Sportiva, The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Sierra Designs, Kelty, Climbing and Urban Climber magazines.
Randy balances his visual pursuits with his passion for the outdoors. Whether its climbing, biking, running or skiing, he relishes being self-propelled in the mountains.
Check out Randall’s webiste: http://levensaler.com/