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Mike Benge Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00 TWEET COMMENTS 10

Enroll in the Trail Runner Photo Camp!

Learn from the pros and shoot top trail runners in the field

Payton Ruddock

This three-day course puts you in the field as a professional photographer, 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.

We are proud to announce that the 2016 Trail Runner Photo Camp will take place July 5-8 in our own backyard—Marble, Colorado, in the Crystal River Valley, nestled among the Elk Mountains. This year's camp is sponsored by Salomon Running and Suunto, and we'll have a great team of Salomon athletes on hand as photo models.

To get more info about enrolling in the camp, please click here to fill out a short form letting us know of your interest!

To enroll and make the required 50% deposit, please go here. The remaining balance is due 30 days pre-Photo Camp and will be charged automatically.


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Days are spent in the field shooting some of the sport’s top trail runners. On the fantastic trails of the Crystal River Valley, 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.


Our October 2015 cover, captured at our Photo Camp in Ouray, Colorado, a few months earlier. Photo: David Clifford



This year's lead instructor is Fredrik Marmsater (below), one of the most active and respected mountain-sports photographers in the business.



Our assistant instructor will be Myke Hermsmeyer (below). Myke is a former athlete and brand-content manager currently working as an endurance-sports photographer focused on ultrarunning and trail races in remote mountain environments. Some of the races he has covered include the Hardrock 100, The Rut 50K, Franklin Mountain 50K, Mount Marathon, the Moab Trail Marathon, North Face Endurance Challenge Series and the 2016 4 Deserts Sri Lanka stage race.



Also instructing will be accomplished sports photographer Randy Levensaler (also Trail Runner's Art Director).

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. Every student will get the opportunity to have photos published in a gallery on trailrunnermag.com. Break through to the next level with the Trail Runner Photo Camp!

Location: Marble, CO

Dates: July 5-8 (arrive July 5; leave after midday, July 8)

Accommodations: Beaver Lake Retreat, Marble, CO

Cost: $1599 (Includes lodging and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits)



Where is Marble?

Located on Colorado's Western Slope, Marble sits at the head of the Crystal River Valley and is surrounded by the majestic Elk Mountains.

Are accommodations provided?

Yes, accommodations are included in the cost of the camp.

Are meals included?

All meals are provided. Vegetarian and special-needs diets can be accommodated upon request.

Who can enroll?

Anyone with an interest in running photography is qualified, from novices to pros.

Do you need to be an expert trail runner?

No. You only need to be enthusiastic about running photography.

What are the class sizes?

Paid enrollment is limited to 15 students to maintain a low student-to-instructor ratio.

Is there a refund policy?

100% refund 45 days before the first day of the class. No refund after 45 days. If you are not satisfied with the class you can receive a full refund!

How do I get there?

Drive to Marble. The nearest airport is in Aspen, an hour and 10 minutes away. The Eagle/Vail airport is an hour and half away. Grand Junction, two hours and 15 minutes away, has more regular flights. Denver is the closest major hub, and is four hours away.

What should I 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!




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