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How To Take Good Fishing Pictures

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By Christian McHugh
Today you can find thousands of anglers who are all trying to find the same thing they want to take a good fishing picture. The question is what do they think a good fishing picture is? Here are a few tips that can be used to create better fishing pictures.

Keep a level
It happens to all of us. We think we have a good picture framed and snap the shutter just as the wake from an oncoming boat hits. We say use a level horizon because if we were to say use a level background sometimes it just isn’t possible. Because of different types of topography and background we have a wide variety of landscapes surrounding us while we fish including trees, mountains, rocks and open water. If the picture is crooked it can make the viewer feel uncomfortable and may take some focus away from the image being captured.

Always use a flash
Let’s face it; we don’t always catch our fish on nice overcast days with a slight chop. Some bodies of water actually do produce fish on days with bright sun and a clear sky. Always use a flash no matter when the picture is being taken. This prevents a black “mask” over the face of the person holding the fish. To most anglers, a good picture of the fisherman is just as important as the picture of the fish.

Focus on the fish
The point of taking a picture of a fish is to remember the fish, and not how well the person who caught it was dressed that day. Make sure you are able to see the fish clearly as well as the angler. Keep them both in the frame, and don’t take a picture of the person holding the fish without the fish in the frame. Make sure you can see their whole face. Not only will it make for a bad picture of the fish, but you may just be looking for a new fishing partner.

Extend your arms
By extending your arms about eight inches, you make the fish appear larger than it is. A camera produces a two dimensional picture, so it doesn’t have any true depth. Use this with both ease and caution. This makes for a good picture, but extending your arms too far can create an exaggerated pose.

Be creative
The tips above are a few things that help make good pictures, but that does not mean that they are going to give you the kind of picture you want. It is your fish and it’s your memory so make the best of it. If you want to try a wacky sideways picture then give it a try. Trying different poses with fish as well as different angles make for neat pictures that are captivating and unusual. Try to photograph your trophy fish during the early morning or early evening – those times of day provide the best light conditions for taking crisp, appealing photographs.

Many people who catch many nice fish each year take photos with smaller fish and appear to not to be having fun. Fishing is what we all love and our pictures should show just how happy we are to catch a trophy fish. A smile can sometimes make or break the picture no matter how big the fish is.
These are a few things that the other tries to keep in mind when photographing people with their trophies. Take these tips and catch fish, take pictures and make memories!

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