Photo by Christof Sonderegger
As a tourism photographer, I try to convey the joy of visiting the beautiful Swiss countryside. Choosing a background typical of the region is a major part of composition.
Switzerland is full of lovely villages, interesting people and, of course, dramatic mountains. As well as sports photography – skiing, snowboarding, sledging, snow-shoeing – I also look for other activities such as winter hiking or picturesque landscapes. To get the best images, I cannot always rely on coincidence but sometimes have to precisely arrange them with people willing to pose for me. Choosing a background typical of the region is a major part of the composition. For example, I might want to include the Rhaetian Railway in Albula, or some of the perfect pistes of the Jungfrau area.
Once I have found the right location, I have to communicate the right line to the model. This is especially important if I want to show a really clean area of snow, or use flash to freeze movement. Another factor is natural light; choosing to shoot in the warm evening light always helps to make the perfect photograph. To shoot snow, the most important thing is to turn up the exposure compensation dial by +1 or +2. All that white fools the exposure meter if you leave it to its own devices.
Take me to Switzerland!