Professional Photographer to the Rescue: ski photography tips for dramatic action

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: ski photography tips for dramatic action shots

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our professional photographer takes our apprentice to the slopes in Switzerland for an Alpine adventure in ski photography.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: ski photography tips for dramatic action shots

Meet our professional photographer

Ross Woodhall originally trained as an electrician, but discovered he could make a living from photography while working as a caretaker in a ski resort.

Having started out by taking pictures of punters on the piste, he is now a top commercial photographer specialising in extreme sports. You can check out his adrenaline-fuelled portfolio of pictures at www.rosswoodhall.com

Meet our apprentice

Chris Harden is from Rochdale and spent six years in the army, where he trained as a mechanic and learnt to ski. He works as a truck driver, and wants to learn to improve his action photography. We took him to Valais in Switzerland to brush up on his parallel turns and his high-speed DSLR shooting skills.

Technique Assessment

After a couple of warm up runs on the La Fouly blue runs, Ross took a timeout to show Chris how he could set up his D3000 better for action shooting…

Ski photography tips from our professional photographer: manual mode

Check the manual!

Chris had been using the Sports Scene mode for his previous action pictures. But I told him that he had to use Manual if he was going to survive in the snow!

Ski photography tips from our professional photographer: Dynamic Area

Focus on the turns
For tracking shots use the AF-C continuous autofocus mode, and set the AF Area to Dynamic. This gives you the best shot at keeping a high-speed skier sharp.

Ski photography tips from our professional photographer: Continuous shooting

Keep shooting
A motorwind is the sports photographer’s best friend. Use the fastest continuous release mode your camera offers  – Chris’ Nikon D3000 offers 3fps (frames per second).

Bright light blues
Ross says… We shot in Manual with the same settings, but Chris’ shots appeared darker than mine. Turning off the LCD Auto Dim option in his menu soon solved this discrepancy.

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Ski photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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