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5th Annual Snowbird Workshop Photo Contest Winners

THIS JUST IN! Winner of the 5th Annual Snowbird Workshop Photo Contest are as follows:

1st Place: Miles Minno


2nd Place: Miles Minno


3rd Place: David Harris


Congrats to all who won and thanks to all who participated!

5th Annual Snowbird Workshop Photo Contest

Another very successful workshop this year resulted in some fantastic photos by all who participated! The consistent cloud cover and snowfall made for great skiing and interesting shooting conditions, but according to Scott “there is no such thing as bad light.”

You be the judge and vote for your favorite shot! Each Like will count as one vote for that photo. Additionally, comment on the photo telling us why you voted for it, and we will count that as another vote!

We have some awesome prizes for the winners this year including: an F-Stop bag, Sun Sniper camera straps and a Red Bull Illume book. So VOTE now! Also visit my Facebook page to vote again.

Special thanks goes out to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Broncolor, Sun Sniper USA, F-Stop Gear, Red Bull, GU Energy Labs, Discrete Headwear, DAKINE, COOLA Suncare, and all the skiers and snowboarders (Marcus Caston, Mark Kogelmann, Dan Rihm, Andrew Bird, Dylan Crossman, Amie Engerbretson, McKenna Peterson, and Eric Fabbri) for supporting this event and allowing us to have the best workshop yet! — at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

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Changing Perspectives – Taking Advantage of the Rear Screen

A common complaint about point and shoot and other digital cameras with small or non-existent viewfinders is that it’s difficult to shoot using the rear screen, especially outdoors where the daylight can overpower the screen and make it difficult to see what you’re shooting.

Lately, I’ve been working with the Sony NEX-7 and a99 cameras, which both have electronic viewfinders and movable rear screens, and I’ve found some situations where the rear screen gives you some real advantages over the viewfinder.

First, it’s great for ‘run and gun’ style shooting where you can whip the camera out and shoot without taking the time to compose through the viewfinder, and capture a great moment that you might miss otherwise. Holding the camera away from your face also allows you to maintain eye contact with your subjects, which can put people more at ease in front of the camera and make it easier to capture more natural moments and expressions when you’re shooting portraits or lifestyle.


It’s also great to play around with the different perspectives you can get by shooting with the camera away from your face. Tilt the screen up, down or sideways and you can see what you’re shooting with the camera in almost any position. Having the freedom to move your camera around and still see the shot opens up a whole range of shooting options that can’t be achieved with your eye up to the viewfinder. In this shot I pushed my Sony a99 camera in really close for the shot and pulled it away at the last minute to avoid the rider.


I found another unexpected use of the rear screen on a recent project. I was on a mountain bike shoot in the desert, with my Sony NEX-7 in my pack and noticed some cool looking dead branches on the ground next to the trail. I thought it would be interesting to shoot through the branches, framing the mountain biker in the branches, but there was no way I could lie down on the ground to position the camera properly in the branches and get my face up to the viewfinder. I placed the NEX-7 on the ground and tilted the rear screen up so I could frame the shot exactly as I wanted while kneel a couple of feet behind the camera. Here’s what it looked like.


It feels natural to put the camera up to your eye and shoot thru the viewfinder. It’s the way we’ve all been doing it for years. But, the world of photography is changing rapidly and as cameras evolve it’s important to learn as much as possible about new camera features, and use them to your advantage to improve your craft. This is just one example where a simple feature that might be considered an annoyance can help you create better images.

Kings & Corn: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Kings & Corn has been one of my dream trips for years, so when I got the call for a shoot up there I jumped at the chance. Chugach Powder Guides’ signature trip combines heli accessed corn skiing and king salmon fishing into 5 days of non-stop adventure that may be the ultimate Alaska experience.

We arrived in Anchorage, packed our gear into a float plane and flew west to Winterlake Lodge, a beautiful lodge on a pristine lake surrounded by green hills with the glaciated peaks of the Tordrillo Mountains in the distance. June days are long in Alaska, but we made full use of the daylight and got in as much skiing and fishing as the conditions would allow. The highlight of the trip was a mountain top dinner followed by corn skiing under the midnight sun with amazing views of the the Kichatna Spires, Mt Foraker and Denali across the horizon.

Of course I had my f-stop pack (aka. The Angry Midget) loaded with camera gear for the majority of the shots, but I also had my Sony NEX-7 with me for those spur of the moment shots or times when I wanted to ‘run and gun’. It’s a great camera that’s really easy to use and the images stand up really well next to my larger DSLR. The more I use it, the more I get attached to it, and I don’t go anywhere without it now.

Here are a few highlights of the trip shot with the NEX-7. More to come!

On The Move

After an incredible trip to Alaska, I came home and a few days later was on the move again. Friday I was shooting for Salomon at Snowbird, Saturday and Sunday shooting at Breckenridge, for Vail Resorts, on Monday shooting for Mountain Hardwear in Marin County, and on Tuesday and Wednesday back in Colorado shooting for Powder Magazine in Boulder and Aspen. It was a whirlwind trip with late night flights and a lot of driving, but really productive and a lot of fun.

It was nice to be home, but the action picks up again next week with back to back shoots in Kirkwood, Mammoth and Moab. Always on the move!




Bad Weather, Great Food, And Secret Stashes in Italy

Europe has had an incredible winter this year, so when I got the call for a Salomon shoot in Italy, I was more than excited to fly over and see if for myself. The weather was perfect and the mountains were plastered with snow as we drove into Courmayeur, and it looked like we were in for a great week ahead.

But, weather is weather, and after starting out with a perfect blue sky day shooting at nearby La Thuile, we woke the next morning to heavy clouds and thick fog hanging low on the mountains. Shooting was useless, so we did what most Italians do when they go skiing – we took a few runs and spent most of the afternoon having lunch on the mountain, at the incredible Maison Vielle.

The forecast looked nasty the rest of the week, so rather than hoping for blue skies, we went in search of fresh powder. We jumped in the car and drove for 2 ½ hours to a tiny resort with an old, slow double chairlift and a poma where we were treated to 2600 vertical ft of perfectly spaced trees and 6 inches of creamy powder – and only 2 other skiers on the mountain to share it with. Here’s a link to Claire Abbe’s GoPro video from our day at “Il Segreto”:

The weather never cleared, but we made the most of it and came home with some excellent shots and fond memories of a really fun trip with a great group of people, incredible food and an amazing day of Jedi tree slalom that none of us will ever forget. Il Segreto is calling us all back!

Outside Television Video- Image Quest: Scott Markewitz

Check out this video piece from Outside Television:

The video features myself and mountain biker Eric Porter. We all had a great day out on the trails to shoot this and special thanks to Pete O’Brien for filming and to Broncolor and F-Stop for the gear!

Recent Magazine Features

I was excited to see my work featured on the February issue of Ski and Snowboard Magazine, as well as a spread running in this month’s issue of Mountain Magazine!

Ski and Snowboard Cover


Mountain Magazine Spread:




Results of the Fourth Annual Scott Markewitz Photo Workshop Contest!

It’s a wrap! The results for the Scott Markewitz Workshop Photo Contest are in, and the winners are:

1st placeMicheal Kishelev, with a great action shot of Mark Kogelmann slashing a tree in Mineral Basin.

2nd place – Michael Kishelev, again with another nice shot of Mark Kogelmann dropping a cliff in the Cirque.


3rd PlaceParker Loomis, with a killer shot of Mark Kogelmann slashing some powder in Mineral Basin.


For his first and second place images, Michael will receive a Dakine camera pack and a Sun Sniper camera strap. For his third place image, Parker Loomis will receive a Sun Sniper camera strap. Congratulations to you and to the rest of the photographers who signed up for the workshop and devoted their energies to 3 days of intensive photography, editing and creative development. We had great conditions to shoot with and it was a lot of fun working with all of you.

It looks like Mark Kogelmann has a lot of fans and did a great job getting the word out about the contest, but I want to thank all of the incredible athletes who came out and rode for us during the workshop – Shannan Yates, Jeremy Tidwell, McKenna Peterson, Vanessa Aadland, Dylan Crossman, Eric Fabbri, Dillon Green, Eric Balken, and Marvin Howard. Your talent and positive attitude makes all the difference in getting great shots.

I also want to give a big thanks to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for hosting the workshop for the fourth year in a row and to the Broncolor, Hasselblad, Fstop, and Pocket Wizard for their continued support.

I’m looking forward to another great workshop next year!

Fourth Annual Scott Markewitz Photo Workshop Contest!

***Today is the Last Day to Vote for your favorite image! Share with your friends, vote on the poll below, and “Like” your favorite on Facebook! Remember, our prizes for this years winner include a DAKINE camera pack and some Sun Sniper camera straps!***

At the beginning of February I hosted my Fourth Annual Photo Workshop in the spectacular scenery at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. That means it’s time again for our annual Photo Contest! 

We had amazing weather this year and an even better turnout from those who participated! This resulted in some fantastic photos showing what our photographers learned and how they put their new skills to the test. Here is a selection of photos and we want to know which is YOUR favorite!

We have some awesome prizes for the winners this year including: a DAKINE camera pack and some Sun Sniper camera straps, so Vote now!  You can use the poll below to cast your vote, and then head over to my Facebook Page to “Like” any picture that makes an impression on you! Each “Like” on Facebook will also contribute one vote for that picture in the final tally. Additionally, if you leave a comment as to why you voted for your favorite, that will count as an additional vote for that photo.

Special thanks goes out again to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, broncolorHasselbladF-Stop GearPocket wizard, and all the skiers and snowboarders ( Eric FabbriDylan CrossmanMark KogelmannJeremy TidwellMcKenna PetersonVanessa Aadland, and Shannon Yates) for supporting this event and allowing us to have the best workshop yet!


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