How To Photograph Skiers
Some photography tips for capturing skiing action on film or pixels.
- Line up a model (your spouse or child will do!) and head to one of the resorts.
- Dress appropriately. Your creativity will be hindered if you are cold, wet and uncomfortable.
- Protect your camera gear, or use a waterproof camera. You don't want your camera to be ruined by a
deluge of snow.
- Use a film (or film setting if using digital) with a good compromise of film speed and grain to get the sharpest
picture. I suggest a film speed around 100 or 200 ASA.
- Find a spot where there will be some good action (like at the moguls, or just below a jump),
and position yourself there. Tell your model come down a few minutes after you are settled.
- Make sure the spot you pick is not in the other skier's paths. You don't want to cause an accident.
- Use the motor drive feature on your camera (if you have it) to get multiple shots in succession. This
increases the chances that you will catch the perfect moment.
- Try different variations of lighting - backlighting, side lighting, front lighting.
- Don't overlook the candid, grab shots. Sometimes the best pictures are those that were not set up.
- It is best to get there in the early morning or wait till late evening when the light is best.
- Remember to pay attention to the things in the background, you don't want weird branches to appear to
be coming out of your models' heads.
- Pay attention to where the sun is. If you shoot straight into the sun, you will get a sun flare.
Sometimes this looks great, sometimes it looks bad.