Am new to the board having recently taken out a subcription to the magazine. I'm off to Chamonix this weekend with some mates and would really appreciate some advice on taking photos of skiers / snowboarders. I have a number of questions:
1. Are there any equipment issues I should expect / plan to deal with when taking my Canon 600D up the mountain? Clearly I need to protect it in case I fall, and I also understand that I need to be careful about condensation forming on the camera / lens when coming in from the cold - any practical tips or points to watch out for would be much appreciated!
2. I have a Canon 17-55 2.8 IS USM and a Tamron 18-270 PZD. My thoughts are currently that I'll leave the 17-55 lens at home (or at least in our appartment) because it's expensive, heavy and being a 77mm lens, pretty chunky. Also there will be plenty of light on the hill with all that snow around and changing lenses on the mountain with gloves etc. on will be tricky to say the least. Would you agree?
3. Is it worth taking a polarizer with me - I understand that at altitude they can over darken the sky, and that a UV filter is probably best?
4. My Olympus Mju Tough has a dedicated snow shooting mode. The 600D lets you set up custom Picture Styles - by doing that, can I approximate a similar sort of effect, and what settings should I change?
5. Am I correct in thinking that If I change the metering mode to spot metering, then so long as the "spot" is on my subject then he or she will be correctly metered and that will avoid the main issue of the TTL metering system being misled by the reflections off the snow?
6. Finally, any technical / compositional tips and tricks would be much appreciated!
Thanks very much in advance for your help!