There are so many variables to Filming Snowboarding 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, Snowboard Filming 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.
How To Video Edits - Filming Snowboarding
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 too 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 filmer 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 filmers 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 your looking for.
Consider lighting, snow quality, facility quality and traffic by other users when making a plan to shoot.
Filming Snowboarding - 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 card or tapes 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.
Use a triPod when-ever possible. Get a tripod and practice using it. The smooth flowing shots of a filmer with tripod skills and one handy and any moment are much , much better than vibrating, shakey shots made with out a tripod. Espeically if the subject is far away, at all. When the camera zooms in on a distant rider the shaking is amplified. So, just get a tripod and get used to carrying it and using it.
Practice downloading or transfering video to your computer. Get some good editing software and learn to use it.
Prepare, plan, work for it, follow through, and "Get That Shot".
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