When will mainstream photographers get a clue that without context a snowboard photo is useless. A one-foot air or a twenty-foot air? Who knows.

With the Olympics happening and snowboarding enjoying it’s fifteen minutes in the limelight right now is a perfect time for offending photogs.

 

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This is how we feel watching the mainstream media’s coverage of the Olympics. Granted, I bite my tongue when we read things like “so and so spends their time floating effortlessly through the air like a majestic eagle.” We can deal with that, because more often than not, it’s buried in a 4,000 word article. But when every single photo we see of snowboard action features a snowboarder that we know is insanely talented all twisted and contorted, not grabbing their board, with no takeoff or landing in sight and perfect blue skies behind him or her, we simply can’t take it. Enough is enough. We can’t take it any more. We’re talking CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times. The big dogs. They’re wonderful publications, all of them. But holy crap, the guy in the sky snowboard photographs need to stop! Please, for the love of God, take this advice from us. Below is a quick visual guide with examples of what makes a compelling action photograph in the snowboard world.

 

 

Click to SNOWBOARDER for Getty A Clue: A Mainstream Photographers Guide to Snowboard Photography

 

 

 

 

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