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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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