There are so many variables to Taking Snowboarding Photos that it can take lots of time and practice to refine and build skills behind the camera. From adverse weather to challenging lighting conditions to riders that have a hard time landing anything when the camera is turned on, Taking Snowboarding Photos can be tough. However, the rewards for the Camera-Man and the rider can make it all very worth while.
Here is a list of simple to-dos to make life easier for the rider and the shooter.
Riding for the Camera - Do and Do Not's
Avoid Kodak Courage- Use riding skills and tricks that you have already done and practiced. When the Camera comes out, do not try and bump it up to a bigger spin, fancier move, go way bigger or push your luck to far. That kind of plan can end in little footage and an injury very easily. It is okay to step it up a little, but you must maintain focus on stomping the move and being stylish. Sketchy lines and crashed landings are not worth much in the quest for representation of ones skills.
Always make an effort to communicate with the photographer while shooting. Communicate freely about the line you plan to take, the trick you plan to do or the part of the pipe or jump you plan to take off of and land on.
Bounce ideas off of each other. Many riders and shooters have an idea of what they are trying to get on film in their mind. You really need to be open about these plans and try and creatively suggest and lead each other to a compromise that will get you both what you want.
Consider lighting, snow quality, facility quality and traffic by other users when making a plan to shoot.
For Taking Snowboarding Photos, less spin and flip is often the way to go. If you want to express style and polished precision, big straight airs are money. However, with a good motor drive and a skilled rider, sequences of spin and flip tricks can be incredible. Discuss this with the photographer that your working with and see what they feel they are capable of and what would be the most productive plan of attack.
Taking Snowboarding Photos - Do and Do Not's
Communicate with the riders. Many riders are scared and intimidated by someone with a camera pointed at them. Step up and say hey lets get some sick shots here. What are you doing and how can we work together to get some dope shots.
Dress warm! While the riders are riding and hiking for the shots, you will be chillen. So make sure and dress well. Lots of Layers and good clothing to keep you warm.
Do Not forget to charge the Camera Batteries and get memory cards and film ready for shooting the night before. There is no bigger bummer than to finally have the conditions and moment for a great shoot, just to realize that the battery is dead.
Try and shoot early in the morning or late in the evening. While it is possible to shoot and get amazing shots mid-day, the light and contrast can make that same riding even more amazing with the better lighting condition found early or late in the day.
Unless the vision that your shooting for is a silouette, where the background is bright and the rider is dark, try and pick spots to shoot from where the sun is at your back. This can make a huge difference. Be aware of it.
Practice downloading or transfering photos to your computer. Get some good editing software and learn to use it.
Practice the timing of a good action shot. Be ready with auto focus engaged and watch through the view finder for that special moment to hit the trigger. Some cameras have a slightly longer delay than others. So practice shooting snowboardin photos with the camera you will use, and get it dialed in.
When using motor drive and shooting sequences of spins and lipping tricks, it will take some trial and error to learn to lace it all together into a single sequential frame useing your photo editor. It can be frustrating, but most that get into it find it fun and rewarding in the long-run. Stick with it.
Prepare, plan, work for it, follow through, and "Get That Shot".