Photography Tips | Shoot Like a Pro

In this, the first instalment of our #skiphotography series, we’re taking a look at some of the fundamental pieces of advice from around the interweb that will help you to create an awesome set of photos to proudly display on Facebook (or anywhere else, for that matter). We’re not suggesting you take your pride and joy onto the mountains while you shred the off-piste, but you don’t have to neglect it, either.

With many phones and tablets have good cameras and automated systems, it can be easy to forget some of the essential photo anatomies. Remember, not all images are square (here’s looking at you, Instagram!).


1. Running on low is a no-go!


[Photo] Without the juice, your machine just isn’t going to run, whether it’s a full-blown Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera, or the latest mobile phone. Ensure you’ve got the correct adapters with you for the destination you’re heading to. A handy hint for maintaining battery life is to keep spares close to your body for warmth – in the cold your battery life will substantially decrease.


2. Nail the basics, nail the shot.


Full kudos goes to Digital Camera World for this awesome infographic – see the full thing over on their website. Understanding the concepts behind light and how to capture it will definitely aid you and help you obtain those shots.


3. Don’t be afraid to get things wrong – practice makes perfect.

Snowboarding Gone Wrong

[Photo] You think the pros get it right every single time? Actually, don’t answer that. In any case, there’s always going to be a number of shots that aren’t worth the memory space. Not every shot is a keeper, don’t sweat it. However, a handful will be gems that you’ll keep looking at proudly for years to come.


4. Aim to get it right in-camera, but embrace the post-production too!


[Photo] Not all photos (especially where snow is involved) come out right first time. A lot of editing goes into making the snow look white and crisp. If you’ve not used software like this before, you can download freeware such as G.I.M.P 2.0 which is a cracking bit of software. If you prefer the traditional high-brow approach, use you favourite version of the well-known Adobe Photoshop.


5. Think about your framing…

Back flip selfie #Ischgl #Skiing #skitotal

A photo posted by Ski Total (@skitotaluk) on

Photos come out in a variety of sizes and shapes. Thinking ahead as to how you might use a certain photo can help you choose which way to frame it. As mentioned above, Instagram (mobile application) goes with the square image style and includes a variety of preset (and quite customisable) editing features.


6. Use the thirds, Luke!


[Photo] Take a hint the savvy Stormtrooper here! Using the rule of thirds (both vertically and horizontally) is a great way to add oomph to your photos. By placing the subject on the circular points indicated, you’ll be able to get some great placement which is more visually appealing.


7. Say hello to our three-legged friend!


[Photo] A tripod (duh?) is one of the best pieces of equipment in a photographer’s arsenal and, although some can be bulky, others are not. You don’t need a full-size tripod to get the stability, but even a little one can help when you want to capture those inspiring sunset shots.


8. Get creative with what you’ve got…


[Photo] Here at Ski Total, we’re aware that not everyone has a ‘good’ digital camera for shots and that, more than likely, you might have picked up an action camera of some sort along the way. Don’t let that stop you! We’re absolutely head over heels when it comes to Abe Kislevitz’s GoPro photography. Some of his shots are simply awesome and he uses it as more than a video action camera – head over to his website to witness more of the photos he has taken.


9. Think about your own positioning


[Photo] A camera can only do so much. The rest is up to you, if you want a shot where the subject jumps over the camera, you’re going to need to lie down and frame it right with the model going over you. Try practising with a prime lens (one with a fixed focal length). You’ll soon get into the habit of moving when you don’t have a zoom to operate!


10. Take an extra SD card.


[Photo] As the saying goes, “it’s better to have one and not need it, than need it and not have one.”