Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
Wow, this thread is full of relevant, valuable information!
As far as Freeskier goes, it's simply another niche publication which deals with a focus (skiing) that is in and of itself a niche (as far as the publishing world is concerned). The writing, if you could call it that, is on the level of a Maxim or FHM. The photography? There's an occasional gem, otherwise it's as if they paid the photographer in beer. Up front.
Please tell me again how me and my colleagues should be doing are job. Since you obviously dont have a clue how the ski publishing indsutry works, why dont I clue you in.
First off 90% of the images in freeskier are shot on spec, meaning that we photogs front the money, pay for all of the costs associated with that shoot, in hopes that we will make it back when we sell the images. Hence the highest paying mags get images first. Since Freeskier doesnt pay as much, as other mags, they dont get first pick. Secondly, the photos in that mag are actualy prety damn good, In fact if you think that they are so bad then go out and try to shoot some yourself. Freeskier's print quality seems to very from copy to copy, some copies the photos look great and in some they look out of focus. This has more to do with there printers inability to keep the registraion in check than anything the Freeskier staff does.
Finally the last 10% of the image in the mag are shot on assingment, including the shot of mine. When you are on assingment, you only have a few days to capture as many images as possible no matter what the snow, or weather conditons are like, or if the photog or athlets are sick. When I shot my assingment for them last year, we where dealing with 75~80 degree temps that completly shut down all shooting by noon. On top of that I was trying to keep up with and shoot the top 4 Female skiers in the industry while I was violantly ill with the flue. When magazines give a photographer / writer an assingment they are pre-buying content, for a space that they are pre-assining, and have to use the content that is produced on that assignemnt regardless of the condtions and what the photographer / writer has to work with.
Trust me everyone one at Freeskier is completly devoted to skiing even more so than all of the peeps that post on this board. Think about it can you really bitch about them providing the content that there demographic is asking for, especially since the vary people that put together the ski mags that you read have forgone higher paying opertunities inorder to pursue there dream and passion. Can you really say that you have done the same for skiing?
And as ar as getting paid in bear goes, I only wish I was that lucky.