How To Take Ski Photos

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It’s Monday. You’ve

just spent a thrilling weekend on the mountain. You rush to pick up the few rolls of film you shot and start flipping through the prints before the Fotomart cashier gives you your change. The pictures are…terrible. The action shot you thought would be a prizewinner? It looks like a grainy still from a surveillance video. That group photo at the summit? A few misshapen blobs in the distance. One picture is completely beige. What’s up with that? For one thing, stuffing a point-and-shoot in your parka and snapping away usually yields about one decent picture out of five-if that. To find out how to improve the ratio, we called an expert we know and trust: Scott Markewitz, a veteran action photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, who has shot hundreds of magazine covers, including this month’s SKI. You don’t have to lug a tripod up the hill to take great pictures (though he sometimes does), but by upgrading from the hotel-gift-shop disposable and learning a few new tricks, you can significantly improve your on-mountain ski photos.