JOSEPH ROBY

Hometown: Saguenay, QC

Current town: Quebec City, QC

Favourite riders/crew to shoot with:

Mammouth Durette and my friends from The Bruners. Can’t forget my boys Thom Folly and Victor Lusinchi, with whom I’ve been shooting with since day one.

Favourite features to shoot:

Big concrete stuff.

First published photo:

A photo of Jye Kearney in ANZ Snowboarding last summer.

Current set-up:

Canon 1D C, 8-15mm fisheye, 24-70mm F2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8 and an Elinchrom Ranger RX.

Dream set-up:

Definitely another Ranger with a slower flash duration head. Real dream would be some PocketWizard that works 100% of the time. 

Can you describe your style and approach to photography?

Since I’ve started shooting snowboard photography, I’ve always tried to stick with the same composition that makes the trick look good and the feature look big. I’ve been doing a lot of sequences lately, but when I get to the spot, the first thing I try to do is figure out a way to get the shot in a one flashed frame. I talk a lot with riders though, to get their feedback and get the feel of what the trick looks like in their mind.

Who are your biggest influences?

Oli Gagnon, Tim Zimmermann, Darcy Bacha, and Andy Wright.

What’s the best advice you’ve got from another photographer?

I don’t have a particular quote in mind, but I remember very well the story of Erin Hogue, who got a call from a crew at something like 3 or 4 a.m., and was the only photog that answered the call, so she went on and has had a crazy journey since then. Advice could be: Be cool to people and be available when the phone rings.

What’s the best way to get into shooting snowboarding? Do you need to go to school?

First you have to love snowboarding of course. You have to hang around, meet some people, drink a couple beers, and be lucky. I’ve never been to school in photography, but the best choice I’ve made is going to a HCSC photo workshop in Hood for two summers. Yeah, it’s expensive, and even more for Canadians with the exchange rate, but the people you meet, the knowledge and experience you get out of it is priceless. I’d say this created 90% of my occasions to shoot street snowboarding in Quebec. Thanks to the all-time photographers crew who taught me almost every thing I know.

What does snowboard photography need in the next five years?

More prints and money. Instagram is cool but here’s the scoop, exposure doesn’t pay bills. I hope every social media manager reads this.

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