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How to take a good fishing photo

What makes a fishing photo good? There are several reasons why your shots might come out looking less impressive than you’d have thought initially. For one, you have to own a decent camera. Unfortunately, most of the DSLRs and other options I’ve come across are anything but affordable, but they might pay off in the end, particularly as you may typically invest a lot of time in catching the dream fish you’ve always wanted.

Another detail you ought to consider is that the camera needs to be kept clean, which is a feat that’s close to impossible because fishing isn’t the neatest sport in the world. Even so, it may be a good idea to check on the lens from time to time just to see whether you’ve been splashing around and getting some of the mucus of the fish on its surface. Do yourself a favor and get a pack of tissues intended for cleaning your lens and be sure to do it rather often when you’re on the boat or on the shore.

The lighting has to be right in order for your subjects to come out looking as they should. Never take a picture when the sun is looking straight at you because there’s a high chance that the person holding the fish comes out looking totally dark. With the sun behind the subject, your pictures can look sharp, well-composed, and well-lighted.

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Furthermore, it might be worth noting that most of the fishermen who like to experiment with taking fishing photos make the mistake of using the same angle all of the time. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but professional photographers actually publish bestselling books about photo composition and about how you can make your pictures look a lot more appealing. Every picture is different, and I do appreciate that, but you have to make up your mind about what you’re trying to focus on. Sometimes, a trout or a salmon may look more compelling when its head is in the left corner of the image, and the rest of its body completes the space toward the right corner of the picture.

If you have the right camera, there are no limits as to what you can try. Most of the digital cams that are available for sale nowadays are packed with a plethora of shooting modes and automatic filters which can take your shots to a whole new level. I’m not saying you should enroll in a course tackling Adobe Photoshop. I’m merely pointing out that you can make the most of your equipment even if you do not own an expensive camera.

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Last but not least, you should try to take advantage of all the natural perks offered by the environment you will do your fishing in. For example, the intricate design of a rainbow trout will be extremely eye-catching when reflected on the water surface. Play with your focus, fish with a photogenic friend and be sure to have as much fun as possible.

For more tips, you can read this or this.

A few tips for outdoor photography

Outdoor photography comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. It’s not just about taking your camera out, charging the batteries and going all around outside snapping pictures like crazy. On the contrary, it’s a lot more than that. To shoot professional-looking images, there are a few things that outdoor portrait shooters need to know about.

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Use the right equipment

 

rad1In contrast to what most people think, or seem to think, you won’t need tons of costly equipment to shoot fantastic outdoor photos. The pieces of gear you need for starters are pretty basic. They include a (1) flashgun or speedlight flash, designed to attach to your camera’s hot shoe and to automatically fire when a photo is taken aside from being easy to operate; (2) standard zoom lens, which is most commonly used in photography as it can deliver everything from short telephoto focal lengths to wide-angle shots, with an overall image quality that isn’t as compromised as that with a superzoom lens; (3) reflector, which enhances photos by effectively bouncing natural light.

 

rad2You’ll also want to have handy these useful extras to help give your images a more professional look: telephoto zoom lens, which allows you to get close to your subject and make it the focus of your shot; fast prime lens, which has a larger maximum aperture for quicker shutter speeds and less noticeable vignetting and distortion; wireless flash trigger, which signals the flash to fire at the exact moment the shutter of the camera opens; flash diffuser, which alters the way the light of your flash illuminates the subject and its surrounding environment.

 

Choose the perfect location, composition and framing

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Outdoor portrait photography is primarily about shooting images virtually anywhere, from your garden outside to a sunny tropical beach. That being said, you still need to know how to optimize your selected location. If the location complements the portrait, make sure to include the background. However, if it isn’t particularly pleasing to your own eye, opt for a limited depth of field or use tight framing so the subject remains the focus of the portrait. The most striking photos often comprise simple components so it is sensible to shoot against simple, clutterless backgrounds such as foliage, the wall or sky so the subject ultimately stands out. There are exceptions to this rule, specifically when the objective is to take environmental portraits where the surroundings merit the same focus as the subject itself.

When composing your photo, do your best to position either the subject’s eyes (for close-up and head-and-shoulders shots) or face (on full- or half-length portraits) by employing the rule of thirds. This ensures a more balanced composition compared to placing those elements in the frame’s center. When you have to shoot closer than full length, consider the framing meticulously. As much as possible, do not crop the portrait in a way where knees or elbows or any joints touch the frame’s edges.

Lifestyle: Tim Casne fly fishing on the Stillaguamish River, Central Cascades, Washington

Focus on your task

 

When you have made sure the camera is focused on your subject, you also have to make sure your mind is focused on the overall image as well. The subject you are taking a photo of should not be crowded with serious distractions including signs, single pieces of garbage, power lines, single long blades of grass or even trees. Do not have your subject looking into the glare of the sunlight, which can make a human subject squint, resulting in unflattering photos. If your subject has a great time during the shoot, you surely will too. If you enjoy what you are doing, it will be apparent in your work as well as the expression of your subject.

 

Sources that might help: photography guide and this.

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