So You Want To Be a Ski Photographer?

Ian Coble talks about how he does it

Being a ski photographer is a dream job, right? You get to ski rad places and don’t have to huck your meat unless you want to. Instead, you just have to carry a heavy pack.

In this video, POWDER contributing photographer Ian Coble talks about how he went from being a ski bum/archeologist to making a living shooting photos. Here’s his behind-the-scenes insight on the behind-the-scenes video.

“A couple months back, Tyler Ceccanti and his filmer friend Chris King approached me about doing a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into shooting ski photos. I’m a huge fan of behind-the-scenes videos, so I was easily convinced that it would be a fun project to work on. The next step was trying to find the right day to shoot. As the season progressed, we kept missing storm cycles and a time when our three schedules lined up. Finally, a couple weeks back, I was headed up to Stevens Pass to do some shooting, and the timing was perfect for Tyler and Chris, too. We grabbed Nash Grimm, an up-and-coming ripper here in the Pacific Northwest, to join the crew for the day and headed out.

Of course, the one day we picked to shoot dealt us crazy weather. Puking snow, howling wind, sun, clouds, and a little bit of everything in between. We were eventually blown off the mountain by high wind and had to resort to creative locations to keep getting shots. Not always ideal, but sometimes that’s the weather mother nature deals ya.”

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  • martin

    I struggle to get all my gear into my pack let alone having to trug it through the snow, I hope you have good camera and lens insurance!

    Great video, some fantastic pictures and the snow looks amazing :-)

  • Jason

    this video is great. we def need more stuff on the photographers! real cool insight to the behind the lens work.

  • Mike

    Fantastic video. Really appreciated the in-depth discussion of gear, techniques, etc.

  • Pete Beuth

    Ian…Great video and I appreciated the insight into your work…especially the work with strobes and working in low light or flat light conditions. This gives me a few ideas for my own work. Cheers!

    - Peter “Beuford” Beuth
    Steamboat Powdercats Photographer

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