fun to take photos of your buddies, and keep a few memories of your
skiing adventures. Here are a few tips that have helped me to take
always use faster shutter speeds than 1/1000 or slower than 1/40.
I use fast speeds to get the object sharp or slow ones with or without
flash to get interesting effects.
skier is not the same as a good model, and a good model doesn't
necessarily have to be an extremely good skier. Some guys have to
practice to look good in photos just as you, the photographer, have
to try and improve. Some people are naturals. You can help models
by showing them their shots so they can see what they did, right
you have the chance, weather, ski patrol hang-ups, and the X factor
aside, then try to stay up in the ski area after closing time. There's
nothing like being up there shooting in the evening sun with it's
warm light. It's dead quiet and not a single tourist around. You
only have one run so if you don't want to hike up again, let the
models do the hiking. It's good to be the photographer!
your pictures in advance. When the snow falls, make sure you have
a secret stash of untracked snow where you can shoot. Don't waste
these days shooting motion blurry pictures. Any other day will do
think you can't get any good pics on bad weather days or when everything
is skied up. These are the days to experiment. You'll be surprised
at the results you can get.
photo above is an example of the kind of photo you can always shoot.
It doesn't matter if the weather is crap and everything is tracked
out. The only thing you need is a little soft snow. In this photo,
it worked to my advantage that the weather was bad- it resulted
in less contrast on the snow.
background, low contrast light, short focus distance and slow shutter
speed are the ingredients that made this photo work.
slow shutter speed (1/15s) creates a motion blur. I also put a flash
(automatic TTL) to get some sharpness in the skier. Remember to
put the flash on the second curtain so that the motion blur will
appear behind the skier and not in front of him. That way, the flash
freezes the motion just before the shutter closes. Look at the pole
and you see what I mean.
specifics for this shot: Canon EOS 1n, Canon 28-70mm/2,8L (50mm),
1/15s / 22, 540 EZ, Flash: Automatic TTL on second curtain (The
s-speed and aperture values are the result of measuring the incoming
light with a Minolta Autometer IV f)
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