How to Take Great Skiing and Snowboarding Pictures
Cold, snowy conditions are tough
on photographers. Add a fast-moving object on skis or a snowboard,
and it's going to be even harder to capture a well-exposed, sharply
When photographing skiers and snowboarders, timing means everything.
In order to capture the action on the slopes effectively, the New
York Institute of Photography, America’s oldest and largest photography
school, suggests that the photographer consult with the subject
and learn his or her route in advance. The photographer can then
set up the camera in advance and prefocus on a mutually-agreed upon
spot before the subject whizzes by.
some cases, however, you may want to convey a sense of motion in
your photos of the slopes. Chuck DeLaney, Dean of NYI, recommends
panning with the subject to create this illusion of speed and motion
in the image. 'Use a slow shutter speed, say, 1/30th,' he reminds
his students, 'and follow the subject in your viewfinder as he approaches
you, keep him there as you shoot, and keep following him after you
shoot. You want to have a smooth motion, like a tennis player swinging
and following through with the ball.'
To learn more about how to photograph skiers and snowboarders,
see the article on the New York Institute of Photography’s Web site
Reference Shelf Subjects area or by visiting: http://www.nyip.com/tips/topic_skiing2001.html.
You will also find articles on Cold Weather Photography: http://www.nyip.com/tips/topic_coldtemps01.html
and Photographing Olympic Sports:
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York Institute of Photography 2002
Reprinted with permission from the New York
Institute of Photography Web site at www.nyip.com.