Pasi Salminen

Pasi Salminen

Canon Nordic Photographers, Finland

Please share a bit about your background as photographer.

I started shooting mid 90´s. My first camera was a Canon T50 with 35mm lens. It was only used documenting my hobby skateboarding. Did not know why, but I just wanted to document. We also did plenty of skateboard movies so filming have been with me from the start. Long story short, I blew my knee and could not skate for a long time. In that time I started to enjoy shooting nature landscapes. My first job were on IT-business, you know programming and blah blah nerd stuff. Luckily my at that time boss, had started a new business as a skateboard and snowboard distributor. It did not take that long to figure out that being behind the computer were not my thing and I jumped to business with sports that I loved. Over that time, part of my job included taking photos for webshops and athletes who were sponsored by brands that company import. A few years over there and then I blew my other knee. A long rehab was ahead of me and in that time I started my own business as a photographer. That is now 13 years ago. As they say, -time flies when you are having fun. So photography has been my job for more than 15 years and I can not see anything that could change it.


What type of photographer are you?

I am an all-around-photographer, but specialised to snowboard photography. I just love to shoot, no matter if it is small jewellery, big airplane or people behind wheels. No matter, just loving my life and enjoying experiences that I get while shooting.


What are your favorite motives?

I cant really say whats my favourite, but my driving force, -business wise, is to have happy customers and a personal life to spend as much time with my family as possible. Also nature, people, snow, snow, nature, pure enjoy of life and change to experience different things around.


Which products do you use today?

Happy camper with Canon EOS 1DX2 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with wide range of EF-lenses from 8mm to 300mm. Profoto strobes gets me lighted up when needed.


Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

Oh boy, there are plenty of those. The one is most likely is back in 2005 when I shot first time with Eero Ettala. That session changed my life pretty much. Since that day we have shooting together every winter and produced hundreds or even thousands of snowboard action photos for advertisement and magazines all around the world. If you ever think one single photo can change your life or move it in some direction, I am living proof that photo or photos can have huge impact on peoples lives.


Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

Use color correction gels on flashes. Like full-cto when shooting under tungsten light and use different color gels on flashed to make images more interesting. And do not use straight flash, always bounce it or use separate unit.