Taking Pictures On The Slopes

By on January 14, 2015


family ski trip
A photo that I took during our last ski trip, before heading down the hill.


Whether it’s your first time on the slopes or you’re an experienced skier, you might want to get some pictures of yourself on the snow. There are ways that you can get amazing pictures while you are skiing that will let you remember your day and see how your placement on the skis is so that you can improve.

The best time to take pictures while skiing is before you head down the hill and while you’re going downhill. Try not to take pictures while you are going through curves. Instead, let someone else take them as they are standing on the side. You can get some action shots if the person knows how to control the zoom and the shutter speed. Avoid getting dead space in the picture. You don’t want to have a picture of only you with a large area of white snow surrounding you in the picture. This is where the zoom feature comes in handy.

boys sled, skiing
Waiting for dad.


Most of the time, you won’t have a camera attached to your goggles while you’re skiing. If you can attach a small camera, then this would be the best way to get pictures of the slopes and the maneuvers that you do while on the snow. There are some ways that someone on the sidelines can use to get the best pictures possible. It will be cold outside, so you need to know how to handle the camera. The batteries in the camera might not be able to withstand terribly cold temperatures. You will need to have extras in case they fail. The shutter might also be a little slower than usual, so you need to be ready to snap a picture as soon as you get the shot in the frame. Keep everything in your coat pocket until you’re ready to start taking pictures. If you only have a large camera, consider downsizing for these pictures to something smaller so that you can keep the camera warm.

When you take want pictures that give the impression of speed, there are some things that you can keep in mind. You need to know of the right location to sit so that you get the best shot when the skier is going past you. You can communicate with the skier so that he will know where you will be if he wants to do some kind of trick. You should also give the skier a signal so that he knows when you are ready to start taking pictures. This will also help keep the camera from being exposed to the cold air for a long period of time. If you have on gloves, take them off before shooting so that they don’t interfere with hitting the buttons on the camera. You can stand in the path of the skier if you want to get a shot of the front of the person, but you need to be ready to move out of the way quickly. Most new cameras have autofocus so that you don’t have to spend a lot of time getting the target in the frame. Jim Decker’s Twitter page shows examples of pictures that can be taken on the slopes.

skiing, gondola, gopro
A Gopro camera attached to the helmet is a good idea, too. ^_^


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Neck and shoulder breakers

By on September 16, 2012
shoulder breakers
> two bodies at 1630 grams

It can’t be denied that I love taking photos of anything under the sun. I meant anything; kids and adults, landscape, sky, flowers and bees, animals, corners, virtually anything except for those that I might be sued when taken a snap of. I take pride in sharing those photos on my blogs, which I lost count of already. It’s a good thing that hubby shares the same hobby with me…yes, I get to be spoiled at times. ^_^

We’ve had our fair share of cameras, analogue and digital. Pictured above would be our latest acquisition (lol). I’ve had the 400d for 4 years and the 7D for more than 2 years now and I’m really loving it. Though I don’t take videos a lot, hubby does. That’s why he got the 5D Mark I for me to try, full frames – that is. Having these big bodied-cameras is surely all worth it but I really feel the weight whenever I carry them around. The body alone is 820g, I always had 2 batteries in a grip and the lens, though I prefer the 50mm, I also use the 18-200, that’s 398 grams. Put the flash in too and imagine how heavy that can get. Resting on my neck is bearable but when  I do shoots, I really could feel the weight on my shoulders that I call them that: neck and shoulder breakers…I bet I look funny when I flare my arms around. ^_^

That all said, I truly miss my Sony Cybershots (f505v, f717). Though they look odd with protruding lens, I loved them for their macro capacity. I never even had the chance to include them in this family photo of cameras. (Oh, the iPhone was placed by my little boy who kept insisting it is also a camera). Missing in photo is the 5D.

shoulder breakers
before, then, now

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Photo Books | Photography

Printing your own Photo book

By on March 22, 2012

To someone who’s been taking photos the past 12 years, a coffee table photo book showing the best photos is but  a dream come true. Well at least for me. In any case, a personal photo book of my kids is as wonderful as the real thing.

If like me, your hard drive (perhaps shoebox) is holding your photos (that’s digital and printed) for the longest time now, a photo book is a great way to have them out of the…box. A photo book, closely looked at isn’t just a book of photos, it’s a collection of the special moments and milestones of your life (and your kids) that you treasure. Later on, it will be a nostalgic remembrance of days past, also a funny walk down memory lane. Photo books are also great gifts to families and friends.

To make a photo book is like compiling a photo album but digitally, the photos get printed directly on paper and you don’t have to worry about the acidic content that photo albums are dreaded for. There are online stores that offer such services and your nearest photo printing shop might do it for you too. However, doing a layout online and by yourself will give your photo book a personal touch. You can include anecdotes, text and quotes to make the photos much memorable. So I tried making one with select photos and a few quotes via It’s an easy-to-navigate website that offers templates for users to choose from. You upload photos and layout them the way you want. They also have options to sell your books!

I made a sample photo book. Click to enlarge.

Consider the following when you set to have yours printed.

Purpose of printing the photo book. If you are a photographer, consider a professional layout that would pass as a coffee table book with the goal of being sold. If you are planning to give them out as gifts, consider the photos that would be included, those that are significant to the person who will receive it. If you are printing it for personal reasons, to compile for future viewing, a neat layout with notes of when and where the photos were taken, a little anecdote perhaps would suffice.

Size of photo book. Different websites offer different format and sizes. Choose what is appropriate for the purpose of your photobook. For personal bound copy of photos to brag, a 2×3, 3.75×2.5, 4×4 and 5×5 small book is recommended. This will appear as a flipbook which is now getting to be a popular wedding souvenir.

If you prefer a rectangular shaped book, the small rectangular 8 x 6 is perfect. This will only include photos sans text. If you want to include text to make a story book along with the photos, the 8×8 will be your option and this is the size that most photo book printers offer.

For a full use of page, get the 8.5×11 classic photo book size. This is the one used by professionals as it gives them the full option of layouting photos in different styles.

There are bigger sizes to choose from but I doubt if those would be practical to carry around or give as gifts.

Types of photo books. Would you like your photo book to be hard bound or soft bound? Would you like to have the pages glossy or matte? These are all taken in consideration as well as the cover that is to be used. Take time to think of your preferences.

Again, photo books will serve somehow as a vault of your fondest, funniest, most treasured memories. It’s time to start making one.

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Outdoor | Photography


By on March 2, 2012


What is it with benches that most of my kids’ photos were taken on one? I admit my fondness of benches and through the years I’ve taken photos of the kids paired or all 3 of them on a bench anywhere in the city. Some of these photos were already published here some not and if you look at a post just below, there’s another shot of my daughter and my youngest looking unhappy while on a bench.

Above was taken last year (February) at the Schönbrunn Gardens. The kids were getting tired walking about and sat there talking senseless.


This one was taken in December 2011 at the the roof of the Haus des Meeres. It’s winter but the sun was shining and we left our jackets at the locker so we went with it and it thank goodness we didn’t chill.


One of the most frequently published photo here and in my other blogs, this one was taken in in May of 2010 at the tram station.


This was taken last Spring (April last year) while we’re taking a rest from playing.

I guess because I don’t have a real studio to take photos of the kids, I’d just settle with what’s there for us to use.

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