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5 Tips to Capture the Perfect Ski & Snowboarding Photos

5 Tips to Capture the Perfect Ski & Snowboarding Photos

Holidays are some of the best times to capture amazing photos that will help you remember once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is especially true when you travel to a different country that you don’t visit very often. Tourists and travelers are notorious for taking lots of photos. Ski holidays make for a spectacular backdrop when taking photos. Plus, what better way is there to show off your athletic skills?

In this post, I’ll cover five crucial tips that will help you take great ski photos, all while looking like you completely belong on the mountainside. Spend less time trying to perfect your shots and more time enjoying the slopes!

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1. Ditch the Dark Colors

Snow is very white and trees are very dark. If you want to have your photo taken in front of some trees midway down a mountain, then don’t wear black or dark colors. Dark colors don’t provide enough contrast between you, the snow, and the surrounding trees. Ditch the dark colors and choose something nice and bright. Blue, red, yellow, and Fluro colors provide perfect contrast between you and your surroundings. Brighten up your colors, and your ski vacation photos will really pop!

2. Keep Your Head Up

If you are not a seasoned skier or snowboarder, you have a lot to remember when you’re trying to make your way down the slopes in Japan or wherever your ski destination is. If you are having your photo taken while you show off your developing skills, always make sure to look straight and keep your head up high.

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Not only will you look like a pro skiing down the mountain, but the photographer will also be able to capture the thrilled look on your face. Plus, you want everyone to know it’s you in the picture. If you are the photographer, remember to remind your subject to keep their head up and trust their feet. Otherwise, you will be re-taking your photos over and over, trying to get the perfect shot.

3. Smile and Enjoy Yourself

Don’t forget to smile. You are meant to be having a great time, so make sure you smile whenever you have a camera pointed at you. As a photographer, you will more than likely have to remind your subject to smile. They will be too busy trying to keep the perfect stance and look like a professional.

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A good trick that many professionals use is to tell their models to breathe through their teeth. This may sound crazy, but it really works. This will force the subject to reveal their teeth instead of keeping their mouth closed. This trick will ensure your ski photos come out perfect every time.

4. Beware of Footprints

If you are after that perfect shot where the fresh powder is just that, watch out for footprints in the snow. Be careful where you are skiing and taking photos, because you do not want to capture messy footprints in the background. Decide ahead of time where you intend to take your photos.

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5. Bring Back Ups

Camera batteries drain faster when exposed to cold temperatures. If you are planning on being out on the powder for a while taking photos, bring backup batteries with you. The last thing you want is to run out of power only a few hours into your day. Keep backup batteries warm by putting them inside your jacket, closer to your body heat. This way you can ensure a strong replacement battery if you ever need to use it.

There are many slopes around the world that are becoming highly sought after destinations for seasoned travelers, skiers and snowboarders alike. Dale Goulding, an experienced travel agent specializing in ski trips to Japan, has highlighted the popularity of Japanese slopes in recent years. With more and more travelers flocking to popular ski destinations, it’s important that you plan ahead to make the best of your trip and capture memorable photos that will make you feel and look great.

Bringing back photos to remember your ski holiday by is fabulous, but don’t let trying to get the perfect shot ruin your holiday. Remember to enjoy yourself and appreciate the new culture, people and country. You never know if you will come back again, so enjoy it while you can!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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