Chapter 20 of 20 from Jimmy Chin

Conclusion: Be Present on Your Journey


Jimmy wraps up his MasterClass with a few encouraging words on the importance of valuing the process over the final achievement, living in the moment, and pursuing your passion.

Topics include: Conclusion: Be Present on Your Journey

Jimmy wraps up his MasterClass with a few encouraging words on the importance of valuing the process over the final achievement, living in the moment, and pursuing your passion.

Topics include: Conclusion: Be Present on Your Journey

Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin Teaches Adventure Photography

National Geographic photographer teaches his techniques for planning, capturing, and editing breathtaking photos.

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Push the limits of your photography

Jimmy Chin has built his career taking photos at the top of the world, earning him the cover of National Geographic and multiple awards. Now he’s taking you on location to teach you techniques for capturing breathtaking shots. Learn his different creative approaches for commercial shoots, editorial spreads, and passion projects. Gather the gear—and the perspective—to bring your photography to new heights.

From selecting the right gear to telling stories through images, Jimmy Chin teaches you how to plan shoots, capture the best shots, and edit in the studio.

A downloadable book accompanies the class with photography and supplemental learning material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Jimmy will also critique select student work.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Loved hearing more from Jimmy about his process but would have liked more footage of him from his expeditions / prior projects while he was giving the lessons

It was a great zen lesson with technical tips

I loved learning more about photography and shooting in nature from Jimmy. I really appreciate learning about his process of how he plans his shots through to the final image. I look forward to incorporating some of his tools and techniques and developing my own unique process and style.

Brilliant course - thanks so much! Extremely concise and wonderfully useful. Thanks to Jimmy for sharing his wisdom and experience!


Ellen L.

Jimmy, you are a gorgeous spirit in this world. Honestly, before this class, your work was unknown to me just because I'm not part of your adventure world. Your approach, and especially your parting remarks, have touched me deeply and I am now a huge fan. I hope to run into you on the streets or slopes of Jackson to thank you in person. Ellen

A fellow student

I really appreciate having this experience and learning from someone who is passionate and driven about their craft. Overall, this course was inspiring and very telling of a life committed to telling a story. So much can be conveyed through image. Thank you for your lessons, insights, thoughts, and practices. I plan to commit many of these learnings into my practices. Can't wait to see what you do next! Congratulations to both you and Elizabeth for Free Solo - it was well deserved and inspirational. Oh and Honnold...he had a little something to do with that story! Happy travels.

Meg N.

This class has been very valuable - basically, to encourage obsessive work, top-grade pitches, excellent work habits, long-term career planning. I have in some senses taken too little risk, and now feel a lot better, using Jimmy's calculations and habits, about how to make the risks reasonable and take the best risks in the best way.

Jim C.

Interesting class. Gave me some things about which to think. Living in the moment has always been an issue for me.

Scott C.

Thank you for providing this course! Your work has inspired me. My wife and I moved to Colorado 2 yrs ago. While hiking, snowboarding, etc. I would find myself in the midst of nature and thinking to myself, wow this would be a great picture, but I don't think I can truly capture the moment. I now feel confident that I can take the information from this course and truly capture the magical landscapes my wife and I experience on our adventures. Thank you!

A fellow student

Excellent class! I’m blessed to live in Boulder, Colorado and have been doing hobby photography for a few years. I’m recently retired and now have a little more time, hopefully I can leverage some of what I’ve learned from this class. I really enjoyed Jimmy sharing his stories, knowledge and his wisdom. Thank you!

Adrian S.

THANK YOU! Incredibly practical and useful lessons. I'm a hiker, but I'll probably never be a climber... Nonetheless I learned a lot I can actually use in my field of work. And thank you for sharing your rating method! So simple, yet so effective and efficient. Also, congratulations on Free Solo! I watched it on IMAX and it was AMAZING!

Tyler W.

Thank you, Jimmy! This was a really great and practical class. I am not a climber, but I have taken a lot away from this class that I can use in my world. I appreciate the time you spent on this and am really excited to get out and shoot!

Robert F.

Jimmy is a world class expert in at least two fields - photography and climbing. What I like about him is that he seems very grounded, much humbler than many people with lesser achievement and fewer achievements. The course is on the surface about climbing and taking good pictures. However, really, it's about doing a good job at whatever you feel passionate about. Thank you, Jimmy.


thank you Jimmy, great class, and very wise advice for all. also interesting to hear your story.


For much of my career, I was chasing the achievement. I was chasing the biggest climb, the biggest ski descent, the biggest job. And oftentimes when I got there, that moment of feeling the reward or feeling the achievement was really fleeting. And there was always kind of this downside on it. You know, after a big expedition, I remember-- after skiing Everest-- there was this huge high. And then you kind of dropped off the back end of it. And the way I dealt with it was that I was planning the next big thing. What I've realized over the years is that there's always going to be the next big thing. And you can chase it endlessly. But the realization is that the best moments are when you are in the process of moving towards that achievement. It was the moment where you were in the trenches, where you were in the work. What you come away with from that is that, you know, we play so much on the achievement and less so on the work, and the moments when you're fighting your way there. I think it's important to recognize that. You know, you can chase achievements like you can chase money, you know. It's like it will never be enough. But if you embrace the process of getting there and find that as your award, then you're in a really good place. And I think for me, that's the best place that I've found. Which ultimately means that, you know, you need to set goals, but you also really need to appreciate being in the moment, being present with what you're doing. You know, once I kind of shifted my gaze towards that idea, it really helped me, you know, be focused on the work, which at the end of the day is what's important. Now that you've finished my MasterClass, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to join me. I hope you can leave here with a new perspective on your work, on photography, and have some new practical skills that you can apply to your work. And I think if you find something, like photography, that gives you meaning and purpose, you should consider yourself lucky. My good friend Jon Krakauer once told me that there are two great risks in life-- risking too much and risking too little. And I've always thought that we spend a lot of time focusing on risking too much. But if you found something that you're passionate about, that is the place to take the risks. So have fun out there. Enjoy the process. And good luck.