Tired of producing dark and out of focus ski shots not worthy of your fridge, let alone the digital heckling arena that is Facebook? Famed photographer Scott Markewitz’s powder-drenched photos have graced the covers and pages of more than 400 magazines (including Mountain). In two workshops this winter, he’ll teach others how to capture iconic images.
The first chance to learn from Markewitz will be February 9–12 at Snowbird, Utah, where Markewitz has been shooting for more than 30 years. The workshop includes evening sessions to discuss concepts and edit and critique photos, with days spent outside working with Snowbird’s sponsored skiers and ski patrol. “Having the athletes to work with gives participants the experience of what it’s like to work with really great skiers,” says Markewitz, adding that a skier’s ability and form is key to making great photos.
Another workshop takes place in Girdwood, Alaska from March 24 to April 1. It’s guaranteed to include 80,000 to 100,000 vertical feet of heli-skiing or boarding, but even if down days occur aspiring photographers will be kept busy shooting harbor scenes or at a wildlife sanctuary (think grizzly, bison, and moose). “I thought it would be fun to teach people a little bit about what I know,” he says. “It’s always interesting for me to see everyone’s perspective—not only on the way they shoot but the questions they ask.”
Markewitz welcomes everyone from avid amateurs to aspiring professionals. Participants should have a basic understanding of digital photography and proficient skiing or snowboarding skills. Visit his website for complete requirements, package details, and pricing, and find more about the Alaska workshop here.
If you’re not ready for a workshop, but want photos from the ski vacation that the neighbors will enjoy, here are two quick tips from Markewitz:
If you want to capture action, get in closer than you think you need to be. A picture is never as tight as you think it is.
Pay attention to what’s going on in the background, not just the foreground— everything in the photo makes a difference. —Olivia Dwyer