Pro Photographers share their Secrets

Posted by Heather on February 5, 2012

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p. Snowmama Heather

Are you planning another ski or board trip and want to capture some fantastic photographs to share with your friends?  Did last year's photos not turn out as epic as you imagined?  I caught up with some of the top adventure photographers in the world and asked them to share one tip with you.  I also added my most important tip for all my photo shoots.  Read on and take a look at their portfolios.  You will be INSPIRED!

  • Grant Gunderson: My tip for ski photography, would to be have fun, and communicate with your subject and make sure they are going where you expect them to. Throwing lots of snowballs will help make sure everyone is on the same page as to where the shot will be.
  • Lori Adamski-Peek: Some of my favorite snow images have happened in the absolute worst weather. Don't just shoot when it is sunny--go out and shoot in heavy snow (just make sure you protect your equipment)--it can be very fun to shoot with a long lens i.e.: 105mm or more in snow against a dark background to compress the flakes and enhance the feeling of the fresh, coldness of winter.
  • Dan Carr: One thing that you can do to add some interest to your images is shoot from higher or lower than a 'human perspective'. We're used to seeing the world from eye level so we're pretty familiar with it but if you get down on the ground or up a little higher somehow then your photos will instantly stand out amongst others. They'll immediately look different to what the human eye is expecting. Getting higher can be tricky, but everyone can get down on the ground and shoot from there and if you are shooting your kids, or your friends doing a jump or a little drop then getting low will accentuate the height and distance that they are flying!
  • Dan Campbell: Even with point & shoot cameras, Use P Program mode instead of Full Auto (green), allows you to override exposure and flash functions. Use the +/- exposure dial and usually go to +1 (or more) when shooting on snow in the sun. This will eliminate the dark or gray looking exposures. Use the exposure override when shooting in auto modes.
  • Scott Markewitz: If you want to shoot a tight action shot, move in closer to your subject.  The rider always looks smaller in the image than you imagine when you shoot it, and a well framed action shot sometimes looks like the rider is going to burst through your frame when you're shooting it.  
  • Heather McKay Bowes: When you want your vacation images to tell a story, allow things to happen as they do naturally.  Don't ruin the fun trying to make your photographs perfect.  Get close. See the details. Capture the moments.


Comment posted by Karin on February 9, 2012 9:26 AM MST

Great tips, thanks for sharing. I will definitely be trying these things next time!

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Comment posted by Cindy Patten on February 6, 2012 1:18 PM MST

Great tips! I will try some of them next week when we visit PCMR. Hope to capture some awesome family memories on the mountains,

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Comment posted by Kristen on February 6, 2012 6:45 AM MST

Love the the tips! Always looking for a way to get beatiful shots on our ski vacation....and admire those that can capture the beauty of the mountain!

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