Vertfest Photo Clinic Trip Report

I’m a terrible photographer but aspiring to be a better one. The first big step forward I made this year was upgrading my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2, which I loved because it was waterproof, but sadly my iPhone 5 was starting to take better photos. I upgraded it with a Sony RX-100 Mark 2, which immediately was taking way better photos even on auto mode.

Only problem was I had no idea how to use it. Now jumping straight into a skiing photography clinic probably isn’t the best way to learn how to use it, but Vertfest was right around the corner. Why not take it? I emailed the course instructor, Stephen Matera, let him know I knew nothing and he said, no problem!

Now the Verfest description of the clinic was pretty minimal so I went in with no expectations and ended up being totally blown away!

The day started with some time indoors going through gear and the basics and getting introduced to our pro skier. I certainly wasn’t expecting to have a pro skier with us! We then headed up the lifts and took photo after photo of Alpental Andy who hiked again and again for us to give us something to shoot. We worked through lunch, wrapped up a bit before 3.

Only improvement to the class I’d make is to have a laptop at the end to see some post processing techniques.

I highly recommend it!

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