Tagging Along with an Action Photographer

Scott Markewitz wasn’t always behind the camera. In his younger days, he was a pro mogul skier who saw photography from the other side of the lens. Often a ski model in movies and still frames, he became curious about photography. He was eventually inspired to buy a camera of his own, which launched his new career as an action photographer:

Markewitz has thrived on action photography because he understands the sports he documents. He still skis, and he bikes along with the mountain bikers he photographs. This lets him get to the heart and soul of the sports. And the strength and endurance required of action sports helps him get to locations that other photographers can’t reach. His skill and knowledge also help with safety. Situations that look hazardous are not as dangerous as they might seem to an outsider. Markewitz knows what it takes to keep himself and the athletes he photographs safe.


Though Markewitz’s photography has shifted more toward commercial work, he uses the techniques and expertise he’s learned from action photography. Commercial photography requires a photographer to produce a good image no matter what the conditions. He has to work on the spot to create art from scenes, like wooded mountain bike trails, that may look monotonous to the untrained eye. The pressure to please clients is not unlike a physical competition.

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Above all, the secret to Markewitz’s continuing success is his willingness to evolve as the industry and technology changes. His competitive, adventurous spirit prepares him for anything that might come his way.


“It’s easy to get stuck in one way of shooting and one way of looking at things.”

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