Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most fun one can have in the mountains. Yet with just a split second of action and so many parameters to juggle, from light to safety to equipment to fitness, it can be surprisingly difficult to photograph in a really satisfying way. Join me in this intensive three days workshop in the adventure capital of the world to learn how to take your ski photography to the next level!
We will spend some time in the classroom learning about systems and techniques, as well as critiquing your existing work (if you want) and mine, looking closely at what works and what doesn't, before planning a proper shoot with a mountain guide and an athlete. Taking into account conditions and weather, we will decide together on an itinerary, which will likely involve ski touring and possibly glacier terrain, before spending the whole second day on the mountain, skiing and shooting.
The third day will be focused on editing, post-processing and digital workflow. We will work together on the images you shot, aiming to have a final edit to present to the group by the end of the day. In my experience, this is often when things really click.
March 30 - April 1, 2023
4 - 6
French or English
Medium, can handle a long day in the hills
Comfortable with off-piste and touring
From enlightened beginner to semi-pro
Instruction with Alex Buisse, including lectures, in the field advice, editing sessions and one-on-one portfolio review
Lecture space with wifi, power, water and lots of coffee
Mountain guide for safety on the mountain
Ski athlete for the shooting day
Ski pass for the shooting day, if necessary
Transportation to Chamonix and during the workshop
Meals and drinks
Personal ski and snow safety equipment (touring setup, beacon, shovel and probe will be mandatory)
Slideshow of Alex's career and ski work
The basics of ski photography technique
Portfolio review and group critique
Planning a shoot: timing, light, equipment, safety
Practical exercise: planning the next day's shoot!
(Optional) Sunset landscape shoot
Ski shoot with a mountain guide and an athlete, possibly on Vallée Blanche, Grands Montets or on a ski tour somewhere in Aiguilles Rouges
Hands on editing session
(Voluntary) group critique
Final slideshow of each other's best images
Digital workflow and editing best practices
Downloading and backing up photos from the previous day
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(in plain English)
A 500€ non-refundable deposit is required to book a spot on the workshop. The whole balance will be due 30 days before the start of the workshop.
Cancellations are possible for a full refund if requested more than 120 days before the beginning of a workshop. Between 30 and 119 days out, the deposit will not be returned. If less than 30 days out, no refund will be offered unless you find someone else to fill your spot.
Though very unlikely, we reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time, for any reason, including not meeting the minimum number of participants. If the cancellation happens for reasons within our control, you will receive a full refund of all fees paid to us. In no situation will we compensate you for other damage (e.g. flight change fees, etc).
By enrolling in the workshop, you understand that skiing is a dangerous activity and the mountains an unpredictable environment. We will make every effort to ensure your safety but you agree not to hold us liable if something goes wrong.
You need to be in good health and have a fairly good fitness level to attend the workshop. We will not require you to disclose any medical information, but ask that you inform us of any health condition that might affect your ability to participate. We will do our best to accommodate specific needs you may have.
You are required to have health insurance coverage which includes off-piste skiing. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance as well. It is also your responsibility to ensure you have the right to travel to France.