Have you ever wondered what it's like to take pictures alongside a National Geographic photographer? This January, join National Geographic and ESPN at X Games Aspen for a chance to attend exclusive photo walks and learn tips from the pros.
National Geogrpahic photographers Andy Bardon and Sofia Jaramillo will be at X Games Aspen in Colorado, leading four photo walks at competition events. Attend the photo walks for a chance to ask questions, work on your photography skills, and learn more about National Geographic.
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January 23: Women's Snowboard Superpipe, 5:00-6:45pm
January 24: Snowboard Rail Jam, 2:00-3:45pm
January 25: Snowboard Knuckle Huck, 5:00-6:45pm
January 26: Women's Ski Slopestyle, 10:30am-12:15pm
Event Information and Details
Where and when?
Aspen, Colorado, January 23-26
What is a photo walk?
A photo walk is a free, live, on-site photography learning session. You'll have exclusive access to X Games Aspen events and be coached by National Geographic photographers.
Who can attend?
Anyone passionate about photography and learning. We welcome all photography experience levels. Participants should be interested to learn how National Geographic photojournalists approach photo assignments and gain new skills to improve your own photography. Particpants must be 16 years old or older.
What should I bring?
If you own a camera and photo gear, please bring those along. Cameras will not be provided. Remember, you can also make great pictures with a mobile camera as well.
Be sure to dress in warm clothing. We'll be out in the elements—rain, shine, or snow. The walks will be approximately 2 hours.
Planning tips from our photographers
Ready to join? Andy and Sofia have a few tips to keep in mind before you arrive at X Games.
Andy Bardon Tips
Know your sport
Do a bit of research on the front-end, before your photo shoot, so you can anticipate the action. Know where you want to be. Think about the terrain, the features, and where the action will take place.
Batteries, batteries, batteries
Keep your batteries warm, take care of them, and in return, they'll work when you need them to. There's nothing worse than reaching into your pack, grabbing a cold battery, and realizing it's already drained.
To keep my batteries warm, I store batteries in an internal pocket under my jacket. They are always warm, and in turn, always work.
Details, details, details
When photographing action sports, it's easy to get caught up in the highlight moments—the biggest or best. Don't forget to make storytelling details. Details are a key component of telling a good story and help convey subtle nuances about a scene.
Sofia Jaramillo Tips
Keep yourself warm
We will be photographing in cold weather, so it’s important to bring appropriate clothing—winter boots and gloves.
Bring winter boots that are thick enough to keep your feet warm while standing in the snow.
Warm gloves are crucial for this shoot. I recommend trying out a pair of fingerless gloves so you have dexterity while shooting.
Keep your gear warm
Most camera batteries fade quickly in the cold. Here are a few tips for keeping them warm.
Bring a base layer to store your batteries in. When shooting in the cold, I always store batteries as close to my body as possible. A base layer pocket is a good place to store them and keep them warm.
Bring hand warmers to keep in your pockets. This will keep your hands and batteries warm.
Prep your camera gear
Having gear that is functional and ready to go will greatly improve your experience.
Are all of your SD and CF cards clear? If not, download images and format your cards. This will help you organize after you are done shooting.
Is the sensor clean on your camera? Have you recently cleaned your lenses? It’s a huge bummer to get back from the field and upload your images, only to find that many of them have a mark from dust.
Use a cleaning kit to clear off all dust from your sensor and lenses. An air blower is a particularly good tool to have while shooting in the snow. The air blower can be used to quickly remove snowflakes without melting or spreading water on the lens glass.
Brainstorm a theme or goal
Think ahead, so when we are out shooting you already have an idea of what you’d like to capture. Ask yourself: What do I want my pictures to say as a whole?
See you in Aspen.