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

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

Our professional photographer’s recommended gear

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Ortovox Avalanche transceiver

Ortovox Avalanche Transceiver

This is an essential piece of safety equipment for anyone who is going to go off-piste. It’s a radio beacon that is worn on a harness under my ski jacket. It sends out a signal that can be tracked by companions or rescue teams should you get caught by an avalanche.

It works as a receiver, as well as a transmitter, so you can look for others too, using the headphones that come with it. Mine is pretty ancient, but has lasted me 20 years. Current-day models are smaller and typically cost £200 /$300.

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Ortovox shovel

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Ortovox probe

Ortovox Probe and Shovel
Two more essential safety accessories. The collapsible spade and folding pole (from £40/$60 each) help you find anyone caught in an avalanche. The spade is also handy for building jumps, and the pole for checking landing areas for hidden rocks.

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Sekonic L-408 light meter

Sekonic L-408 Light Meter
Bright white snow makes your camera’s built-in meter pretty useless. I use this old handheld meter to measure the light falling on the subject (an ‘incident’ reading), rather than the light reflected from it. It also works with flash – the similar L-308 costs around £140/$235.

 

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Colorright Pro

ColorRight Pro
Setting an accurate White Balance is not easy in the snow, and on commercial shoots I often use this accessory to help me take an accurate manual setting, which gives me a consistent value through a shoot. It costs around £90/$130.

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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