• Sam Box

Shooting the Shred

Photographing shredder action on the mountain is really fun but there can be a lot to it. Although I’m no expert, here are some starter points on how to improve your on-snow shots. A lot of these tips are applicable to using a phone or a DSLR to get your snaps. However, I recommend that you shoot with a DSLR on manual to get the most control over your photos. FYI when I say skier, you can replace it with boarder/blader/snowshoer or whatever action you want to be shooting; it’s 2019 after all - let’s be inclusive.


Light

The most basic element to taking any photograph is looking at the light around you. The main questions you should be asking are; how much light is there, what direction is it coming from and how is it falling on my subject/the rest of the frame? You can go much deeper into how light behaves and the best time of day to shoot etc but these are arguably the most important factors.


Conditions

Now you are looking at the light, you may notice that there is none. Shooting in a white-out is really hard as there is obviously no visibility, no contrast and no shadows so your subject may appear to be skiing in a cloud (which they are). There is not a lot you can do in this situation but shooting in trees can give your shots some definition.


Background

Putting some consideration into your background can make all the difference in these types of shots. Try to avoid having your subject against dark colours like trees, rocks etc. They will stand out much more against a lighter, uncluttered background i.e the sky or snow. Conversely, if your subject is in the shade and the background is really bright, your eye is going to be drawn to the background and it likely isn’t going to be a great shot.