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Take Great Ski Photos with These Tips

If you want to show how much fun your kids are having, then you might want to get up close and personal and capture their expressions.

If you are trying to show how steep something is try using a tele-photo lens and shoot from far away. The tele-photo lens will compress the image and make it look really steep.

If you’re trying to shoot a jump, go with a wide-angle lens and get as close as possible, it will make the jump look big.

This subject gets more complex, but incorporating the above elements is a good place to start.

What mistakes did you make early on?

The most common mistake early on for me (when I was still using film cameras) was getting the right exposure when shooting in a snowy setting. Snow can play tricks with your in-camera metering, leading to images that are either under or overexposed. I wasted a lot of film. Now, with digital cameras, I have instant feedback and can adjust on the spot to get perfectly exposed images. Also, in post-production, I can tweak images that are exposed incorrectly if I happen to be a little off. Of course, that almost never happens (wink, wink).

What are the differences between professional cameras and common digital cameras?

I use a professional DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera). For common digital cameras, there actually two groups — point and shoot and prosumer digital SLR (single-lens reflex).

The two main differences between my professional DSLR and point and shoot digital cameras is the option to change lenses and lag time between “pressing the shutter button” and the camera taking the picture.

My camera has no lag time. When I press the shutter button it takes the picture. On a point and shoot there is a split second delay that might cause you to miss the peak of the action. The main difference between my professional DSLR and a prosumer DSLR is the ability to capture a high burst of frames per second (FPS). My camera captures 8.5 FPS, whereas a prosumer DSLR might capture 3-5 FPS.

I know it doesn’t sound like a big difference, but when a skier is ripping a powder line you want to make sure you get every moment of the action. Oh and the biggest difference of them all? $4,000-$5,000.

Read more New England Ski tips from Heather Atwell.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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