When visiting Big Sky I stopped by Gallatin Alpine Sports, an outdoor gear store that caters to winter travelers. Looking around the shop, I noticed the equipment would provide a great backdrop for a photo. But what immediately grabbed my attention was the friendly staff so I decided they would be the subject of my picture.
A group photo of five people can be rather dull, even if they are standing in front of one of the greatest collection of skis I’ve ever seen. I shuffled them around a little and realized I had a problem. There was no interesting light in the store, just standard overhead fluorescent fixtures. Some of the Alpine experts had on hats that were casting shadows over their eyes. I found myself wishing the light was coming from an angle closer to the camera’s point of view.
Photo tip: I decided to bring the camera close to the lights. I switched to the live view mode on the camera, held it up as high as I could and told everyone to look up. This did help the lighting and also made the grouping look more dramatic. Best of all, everyone started smiling and laughing at this crazy photographer holding his camera up and over his head.