Trail Runner Photo Camp Instructors and Testimonials
Take your trail-running photography to the next level
Want to spend a few days in the field photographing some of the sport’s top trail runners? Trail Runner’s three-day course (Aug. 21-23, 2013) in Paonia, Colorado, will give you the opportunity to learn from trail-running’s top photographers, shoot as a professional and have the opportunity to publish your photos in Trail Runner.
- Learn tricks for lighting, composition and anticipating movement
- Photograph top athletes on the trails of Colorado’s Elk Mountains
- Enjoy catered dinners, photo processing and critique sessions in the evenings
- Camp out with other photographers and trail-running enthusiasts
- Go home with professional-level photos
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“The photo camp provided me with ample opportunities to work with pro athletes in the field (it’s not always easy to pin these guys down for a shoot.) The networking opportunities were fantastic. I made some great friends as well. Several of my images taken at the camp have gone to print with companies in the outdoor industry. Since then, I have gone full-time as a professional active lifestyle and mountain-sport photographer and I haven’t looked back.”
– Dan Holz, Photo Camp Participant (at our sister publication Rock & Ice’s 2011 Camp)
“Attending the photo camp introduced me to some great people plugged into the action sports photography world. This gave me all kinds of insight into various aspects of the biz that can be hard to understand. I was also very much inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm for photography. Leaving the camp, I was able to maintain connections that have opened up many opportunities.”
–Zach Mahone, Photo Camp Participant (at Rock & Ice’s 2012 Camp)
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
The former Photo Editor for Trail Runner and Rock & Ice magazines, David Clifford is a lifelong photographer who lives and breathes his passion. His fantastic work has appeared frequently in Trail Runner, including several memorable cover images.
For the past two decades, David has traveled the world, shooting outdoor sports for both editorial and commercial clients. His photos have appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure.
Recently, he was selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist, an America 24-7 photographer and a PDN Outdoor finalist. He has also received a Maggy award for Photo Editing at Rock & Ice, and won the American Photographic Artists (APA) short-video-contest grand prize for best overall film.
David has also mentored a half dozen of the best outdoor photographers on the planet.
Chris Hunter worked for over a decade as a professional skydiving photographer in Hawaii, before turning his lens to the outdoor world of climbing and trail running. After attending the Rock and Ice Climbing Photo Camp in 2006, he received his first editorial assignment, shooting a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim run for Trail Runner.
"That assignment opened my eyes to the amazing world of trail running!" says Chris. "I had always been an avid hiker but trail running really took me down a path I could have never foreseen."
A few years later, Gore-Tex hired Chris to shoot Colorado's 112-mile TransRockies Run. He is now based in Moab, Utah, and travels the planet as a professional photographer, shooting primarily trail running and BASE jumping for both commercial and editorial clients.
His work has also appeared in Runner's World, Competitor Magazine, Canadian Running, The Smithsonian, The New York Times, Rock and Ice, Outside and other publications. On the race scene, Chris had photographed the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), Jungfrau Marathon (2012 Trail Marathon World Championship), Moab Alpine to Slickrock 50 (MAS50), Moab Trail Marathon (U.S. Trail Marathon Championship), Moab RedHot 55K and others.
The publisher of Trail Runner and Rock & Ice, Duane Raleigh is an accomplished running, climbing and outdoor photographer, with hundreds of published images to his credit, including many in Trail Runner and several covers. He has been an instructor at all seven of Rock & Ice's acclaimed Climbing Photo Camps.