Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
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.
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.
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.
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.
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PAGE 2: Ski photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
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