tips for taking a good picture of you and your big fish
Lighting and Positioning:
This is probably the most important subject in photography. Understanding
lighting will surely ensure your fish pictures will always come out good. Iím
not going to give a full lighting course here but will point out some important
dos and doníts for taking pictures with a digital point-and-shoot camera.
Buzz positioned with directional lighting and
good background for that great photo with his big fish of the day, an eight
Do take advantage of the good lighting in
the early morning and around sunset hours.
Do take off the hat. Hats create shadows on your face.
Harsh lighting is not an ideal
condition for taking good pictures
Donít shoot in harsh lighting (i.e. bluebird days with the sun directly
overhead). Move into the shade if the lighting is harsh.
Do turn your subject to face the sun or at least to some angle so no
shadow is present if you cannot move into the shade. If you want to take
silhouettes put the sun behind the subject, focus, and make sure the flash is
Bad positioning and lighting
produces bad pictures
Donít use flash especially when your fish is white or silver, such as a
stripped bass. The flash will usually blow out the highlights and your fish will
not show any details and appear flat white. If you do have to use fill flash,
decrease the flash output intensity.
Though the flash filled in the
shadows on Zander's face, the flash was too intense and blew out the highlights
on the striped bass. Reduce flash intensity or shoot completely without flash
after better positioning your subject to eliminate any shadows on the face
Do position your subject with a nice background if possible. If not, you
might try setting your aperture to a lower setting to blur out the background
for a more stunning effect.
Diffused light, such as through
fog or clouds, is always good for pictures. What we want to illustrate here is
fish positioning. The fish on the left isn't actually held to show off its best
side. On the right the Lingcod looks much better showing it's wild patterns on
Do turn and position your fish on its best side. Sometimes we see people,
especially first time fishermen, hold the fish and itís only showing the belly
or top. The fish looks much more attractive when photographed on its side view.
Do snap more than one picture, and donít be afraid to look at the LCD to
make sure you got the picture you want. If not, adjust the settings and snap
and the hat created a huge shadow on the face
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