A51 Terrain Park Video Shot on Sony A7 DSLR
This was my third season producing snowboarding videos in the High Country.
In previous years, I was shooting “follow-cam.” Basically, I had a fancy piece of stabilization equipment and a gopro camera. I would just follow my friends and shoot lap after lap.
This year, I brought out the new DSLR camera, a professional tripod, fluid head, and slider rig that allows the camera to move smoothly.
I learned several things shooting snowboarding vids on my Sony A7. The first was that a lot of time passes between shots when you have to wait for a rider to go to the bottom of the park, ride the lift back up, strap in, and ride half-way back down the park before I can capture another planned shot.
As a result, I decided to start capturing video of every skier and snowboarder that came by. This video is what came of the extra footage of random park riders.
The second lesson that I learned shooting with this camera was to never use cheap variable neutral density filters. You can see dark spots on several of my shots, which came from the varied level of neutral density from one side of the lens to the other.
It is starting to become apparent that if I want to make these things I love my real professional life and career, I just have to keep doing what I know best and take great care of my current clients. If I continue to do this, pretty soon I’ll be shooting action sports videos as a full time career!
I have several more lenses and equipment now. With the lessons learned from the Spring 2017 shoots, get ready for some truly epic DSLR cinematography that will be captured in the upcoming months!
Video and article by Mike Gamache