Keri Bascetta first picked up a camera in high school, and her early passion for the medium eventually led to studying photography in college, and pursuing a career in publishing. She is currently acting as Director of Photography and Staff Photographer for SKI Magazine in Boulder, CO. Her job allows her to assign and source striking images from top photographers around the world, while also spending time shooting product in the studio during summers and ski traveling on assignment during the winter months.
What makes a great adventure & action sports image for you?
I look at thousands of images through photographers’ submissions to the magazine every year. It’s not easy to capture an image that stands out amongst all of them. Composition, light and color are initial elements that make you stop and look more closely, but the top images always connect to our emotions, which is why they stick in our memories.
What is your relationship with photography?
I love the medium. I love that that after eleven years of looking through photographers’ annual submissions, I’m continually surprised by something new and different. I think some artists find the camera more restrictive than other art forms, like painting or sculpture, but those parameters just challenge us to think outside the box.
A few tips and tricks for photographers...
#1 When shooting digitally, always check your camera’s histogram. Don’t trust what you see on the screen, since an image’s brightness will be affected by how much your pupils have dilated.
#2 Connect with an athlete you trust and enjoy spending time with. The more you shoot with someone, the better you’re able to communicate with each other and thus succeed in capturing your vision.
#3 Safety always comes first. A lot goes into creating captivating images in the elements, some under the photographer’s control, some not. No matter how challenging a season you’ve had, always remember that if conditions in a zone you’re aiming for aren’t safe, don’t go. Use that day as a challenge to think outside the box and make something creative in an area that won’t put you, or your athletes, in danger.