Kilimanjaro photography tips from roger pelissier
Silhouette at sundown – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Photo: Roger Pelissier

Kilimanjaro’s majesty is almost impossible to describe, but they always say a picture is worth a thousand words; photos of Africa’s highest peak convey the wonder and strange beauty of Kili immediately. Thomson Kilimanjaro trekkers regularly capture breathtaking images during their time on the mountain. The photographs are so impressive, we wanted to learn more about what went into them. In this ongoing series, our most avid photographers share some of the secrets behind the stunning images that make us all wonder “How’d you get that shot?”

Award-winning professional photographer, Roger Pelissier joins us today.


About the Photo

What do you like about this shot?

I remember laughing with the subjects when capturing this image because one of them just held up an iPad to capture his version of the sunset.

What type of planning was involved in order to capture this image?

On this particular trip, I really let the photos happen organically as I was there to experience Kilimanjaro as a climber first.

Which camera did you use, and why?

Currently I am using the Canon 1DX

Which tools, during either the shooting or editing process, did you use to enhance the photo?

This image was processed in Adobe Bridge with no additional photoshopping.

What advice do you have for Kilimanjaro trekkers who want to capture the perfect shot?

My best advice for any photographer climbing Kili would be to hire a personal porter to carry their camera gear. It made my trek more enjoyable and it offered an additional job to a local. Because I am still in contact with my guide, Penda and my personal porter, Hendry thru Facebook, I get to experience Kili thru their posts often.


About Roger Pelissier

How many years of professional photography experience do you have?

I truly love being a professional photographer.  I have had a camera in my hand every day since I was very young.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?

I photograph environmental portraits of people (on location).

Where can we find your work?

There are many examples of my work on my website:



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