Lights, Camera, Action!

Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets have more than their fair share of talented photographers as the front covers of magazines regularly testify! Yodel magazine investigated and came up with a few tips from the best of the best to make sure you get the photos your holiday deserves.

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To make your photos really stand out and have that ‘wow’ factor, you must experiment with your camera. Try different angles, foregrounds, backgrounds and focus. Never let disappointing images get you down – let it be a learning curve and think positive! Practise makes perfect!

Stewart Monk – www.reelfunmedia.com

Keep your equipment organised – if your kit was expensive it needs looking after so you’ll need to store it, pack it and carry it correctly. Use a faster shutter speed or a sports setting to capture action on the hill.

Damian McArthur – www.damianmcarthur.com

Look after your athletes. Without them you are a landscape photographer! If your waiting for your camera to come back up to room temperature but you need to begin the editing process straight away, take the memory cards from the camera and use a card reader. But seriously, leave the camera in the bag!

Neil Sharp – www.sharpography.co.uk

As a general rule of thumb when taking portrait shots, it’s best to have the sun behind and over either shoulder of the photographer. This means you won’t be shooting directly in to the sun and it won’t be shining directly into the eyes of the subject, causing them to squint.

Jacquie Cutler – www.jcutlerphotography.co.uk

Don't be afraid to use the flash, even if the sun is out! When photographing children it can be hard to get them in the correct position – if they are between you and the sun use your flash to off-set the brightness. To practise your skills find out about local events and experiment – if you're in the park for example, try looking for different angles to shoot from.

Emily Turnbull – www.emilyturnbull.com

Freezing conditions can considerably reduce battery life in cameras so carry spare batteries in your coat pocket. You don’t want to miss out on anything! It’s often difficult to handle your camera and it’s functions properly in the cold, especially if you’re wearing chunky gloves! Try wearing a thinner pair of gloves underneath your regular gloves to give you better control of the camera.

Jack Terry – www.jackterry.co.uk

Always allow your camera to come back up to room temperature before viewing your pictures to avoid the risk of moisture damage to circuitry. To make the snow look white rather than grey, over expose your photos by 1 f stop.

And Jack’s top-secret snow sports camera setting that works every time.....

Aperture f 5.6, shutter speed 1/1000 sec, lenses to have ideally 1 wide angle/fish eye, 24-70, 70-200

Yodel is always looking for talented new photographers to work with in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. Get in touch – info@yodelmagazine.com

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