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Depth of Fields: Larisa Graham - Part 2
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Larisa GrahamIf you missed Part 1 of our interview, view it here.

Jason Elliot: There is so much garbage that is uploaded to YouTube. I roll my eyes at what people actually upload. But there are hobbyists that are striving to be better. What simple advice would you give to hobbyists for making their videos look polished?

Larisa Graham: I think one of the simplest things I can say is; put some thought into each shot. I know that sounds obvious, but it's a simple thing that can make your video so much better. I see all these videos where people just shoot straight on and you can tell they're not really thinking about how their shot would look best. Try a few different angles, and then pick the best when you get into post.

JE: What's your favorite part of the video making process?

LG: I love that time when I'm going through my shots from the day and I come across a really perfect shot, it's always great when everything comes together on a shoot, I get really excited.

JE: Larisa, you have been involved in some awesome projects in the snowsports industry. What was your first snowsports event that you shot?

LG: I love shooting on the half pipe! It's almost impossible to get a bad shot when your right on the edge and the skiers are flying over your head. I would say my favorite event has been the X Games 15 skiing half pipe. The only bummer about the X Games is that ESPN holds all filming rights for competition, so the little guys like me are only aloud to shoot practice and non-competition events. On the other hand, it's pretty nice to be able to go just about anywhere you want and you still get to shoot the top competitors--their just not competing at the time.

JE: On assignment, tell us about an event you shot that was the most challenging. What made it so?

LG: Ski racing is pretty difficult to shoot, especially World Cup events. USSA is really strict about where and what you can shoot on the hill. Plus, the racers are so stinkin' fast that it's pretty difficult to get good shots when you only have one camera. For the Birds of Prey WC in Beaver Creek one year, I hiked all the way up half the run to find out I couldn't use a tripod, only a monopod (which I didn't have at the time). You live, you learn. I love watching ski racing but shooting it is a bit of a different story, I usually chill at the bottom and wait to get the finish shots.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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