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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.
Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.
One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.
When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.
So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.
Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day
This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.
Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.
When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.
Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity
One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.
Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.
An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.
When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.
Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day
Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.
We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.
By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.
Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment
While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.
I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.
You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.
Con #1: We Move a Lot Less
When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.
Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.
Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.
Con #2: Less Human Interaction
One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.
Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.
This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.
While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.
Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment
Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.
This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.
For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.
Con #4: Unique Distractions
Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.
For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.
To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.
Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.
We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.