Photography Tips for Your Family Skiing Holiday

A family skiing holiday is always one to remember but with the harsh conditions that come with snow it can be difficult to bring home photos that capture the spirit of your holiday. They say never work with children or animals, but what is the bet children and snow come into this equation? Chances are your child will be excited and whizzing around the slopes before you get the chance to shout ‘say cheese’ so here are a few tips to get the very best family snaps.

It is a little known fact that you catch the sun easier in snowy environments than you do on a beach holiday, and this is because snow causes reflection. So, when taking your photos, remember to compensate for the exaggerated brightness or your subjects will end up looking like dark outlines against the powder. If you have access to a light meter take a reading from your skin or a greycard and then take an incident reading with a separate light meter and adjust the exposure accordingly. Another method is to put the flash on, it may not make sense at first but the flash can help light the foreground figure against the bright snow in the background.

By keeping the camera warm you will prevent the batteries running down too quickly and therefore avoid the frustrating feeling where you miss out on opportune photographs because your camera has died.

The other major factor to remember when shooting family skiing shots is blur. Whether you want to capture the action packed descent of your partner carving down the slope or if you want to avoid the excess blur that plagues so many potentially great action shots there are a few key techniques to bear in mind. To deter unwanted motion blur ensure to capture your subject either moving towards or away from you rather than at a right angle. On the other hand, some really fun effects can be achieved through playing with blur by keeping a steady hand, or tripod if there is one available, then changing the shutter speed setting it very low and following the skier as they go past. Try to keep the subject in the middle of the viewfinder as this will give a measure of the speed at which they were travelling in your shot.