Noticing the small details in fish photography
have taken several photos so that you can remember the best day of
fishing that you have ever had. You send your film off and get it
developed only to find that the photos are too dark or there is a
big shadow across your face because of the capís bill or the fish is
real small in the photo.
There are 2
major mistakes that people make when taking a photo. The first is
not having the sun to the back of the photographer and the second is
not getting close enough to the subject of the photo. Letís face it,
the fish is the subject of the photo. That is what should dominate
the photo. We donít care what color shoes you had that day, we want
to see the fish and the face of the person that caught the fish. Get
in there close and get a good close photo of the fish and the
personís face. Let the fish and the anglerís face dominate the
photo. Notice the things that take away from the photo to the right
and above. Notice the shadow from the cap, the background is
cluttered and the fish is not the subject of the photo. Closing down
on the photo to just the fish and Luke makes them the subject of the
When you are
taking the shot, you may want to use the flash, even on a bright
day. This will take the shadow out from the bill of the hat the
angler has on. The distance from the angler will determine how
strong of a flash that is needed. Most of the newer cameras have an
adjustment for how powerful the flash is for the photo. My camera is
a digital camera so I can look at the photo and see if I need more
or less flash. This assures that I have good photos to remind me of
Notice the photo
to the left. There is no shadow from the cap bill, the fish and Luke
are the main subjects of the photo. There is nothing in the
background or foreground that takes away from Luke and the bass in
the photo. The fish and Luke are both in focus and they dominate the
Below is a checklist that will make it easier to take better fish
- Make sure the
Trophy Size Bass and the person that is holding the bass is the
subject of the photo.
- Donít break
the jaw of the Trophy Size Bass. Hold the jaw and put a hand under
the fish to take weight off the jaw. Also, show the belly of the
- Hold the fish
close to your body, photos were the fish is held out at arms
length makes the fish look a lot bigger than the person and looks
- Get close to
the fish, we donít care what color your shoes are.
- Have the sun
at the back of the photographer.
under the hat brim may require some flash.
- Background Ė
No tree limbs growing out of your friends head or the fishís
- Make sure
trash and tackle in the boat is not taking away from the photo.
that prevent the photo from being a great photo:
- The photo has
too much background in it. Move closer to make the Trophy Size
Bass and the person that is holding it bigger in the photo. People
donít care what color the shoes are or if they are standing in the
boat or not.
- Things in the
background clutter the photo and overpower the Trophy Size Bass
and the person holding it. An example would be where it looks like
a tree limb is growing out of the mouth of the Trophy Size Bass or
out of your friends head. Move until you get a plain background.
- Shadows under
the brim of the hat can cause a dark shadow. Move the person
around so that you eliminate the shadow or use the flash on the
camera to take the shadow out.
- Is the fish
and the face of the person the subject of the photo?
- Are you close
enough? How much of the photo does the fish take?
- Where is the
sun? Do you have a shadow under the capís bill?
- Is the fish
being held close to the body?
- What is in
the background of the photo?
- Do you see
any trash or tackle in the photo that will take away from the
About the Author
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