Slip n slide – fun, fun, fun

A few tips and tricks if you are going to photograph Slip n Slides.

Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography - Get close
Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography

  • Get the responsible adult (not you obviously) to manage the kids (sliders), you will need to watch out for yourself.
  • Choose a hill for more fun and better angles for photography.
  • Get close but don’t get run over, keep to the side to avoid sliders.
  • Get low down, so you can capture the face and expressions and avoid shadows.
  • You will get wet as the water is running downhill, protect yourself and your gear.

Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography - Capturing the hoser
Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography

  • Capture the hoser too, they often have great expressions and actions.

Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography
Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography

  • Capture the background kids playing and waiting.
  • Get the kids to use a go pro to capture their point of view.
  • Move the slide if that area gets too messy/muddy.
  • Get more than one at a time (if they’re careful).
  • Camera will focus on drops rather than face – it can look good too.
  • Photograph the spectators as well, especially if they are getting in on the fun.

Technical Settings

  • Use a long lens to be as far away as possible – in these shots I used an Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO Micro-four thirds lens, which has the 35mm equivalent of an 80-300mm lens and it’s weather proof.
  • I used a 2.8 f-stop but you may want more depth of field to capture more background behind your sliders. Also if you are using a full-frame camera your depth-of-field at 2.8 will be much less and so harder to get in focus.
  • It goes without saying. Use a fast shutter speed. These are 1/2500s. To capture the water drops moving, you can drop it down a bit slower. Some motion blur adds to the feel.
  • You can use a continuous shutter setting on your camera or just shoot¬†lots of frames.
  • Manual focus can work well if you pick a spot to focus on and let the subject slide there. Or you can try continuous auto-focus.
  • Enjoy!

Slip n Slide by Honey Blue Photography
Fill the frame

Freeze the water drops

Grab a Go-Pro to record the fun

Have fun!

Disclaimer – be careful and be safe.

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