Better fishing pictures: Go low
Published Mar 20th 2006
More ways to improve your fishing photos. This time about getting down to the level of your subject, kneeling, getting close to the water, getting a great perspective.
An angler just caught a nice fish and landed it. It's about to be released and the lucky - or skillfiul - guy kneels on the bank. The photographer hovers over the angler and the fish and gets a picture of a couple of shoulders, a cap with a bill that shadows the face and some bank and maybe a bit of water.
How about a face?
What did the fish look like?
Where's the horizon?
How did the place look?
By kneeling down next to the angler you get all this and more.
- If you are photographing a standing person, bend your knees to get just a bit lower.
- If you are photographing a kneeling person, kneel and bend even further down.
- If you are photographing a person lying down, your camera needs to be on the ground.
Always take some pictures where the camera is lower than your subject.
But remeber to be careful with your low photos, particularly if you use a wide angle lens. The perspective can sometimes become too distorted and result in bodies and faces, which look odd.
The opposite is the case with telephoto lenses. The low stance will almost always give a great perspective to the image. By getting the horizon low and isolating the subject against the sky or background you can get a lot of ambience into your image.
You can visit 500th.net, which has much more on photography.
A seriesThese are all the articles in our series about better fly fishing photography. Read this series and you will learn a lot ebout getting better pictures while fishing. General outdoors pohotographers may also pick up a thing or two...
Better fly-fishing pictures
- Better pictures: shooting the sun. Published August 10th 2013
- Reflections. Published March 3rd 2013
- Shadows. Published December 21st 2012
- Compose. Published November 30th 2012
- Fly pictures. Published March 25th 2012
- Close to the surface. Published July 29th 2011
- Waterscapes. Published January 9th 2011
- Pictures of nature. Published March 24th 2010
- Shoot the weather. Published March 15th 2010
- Gear pictures. Published June 16th 2009
- Bent Rods. Published May 2nd 2009
- Clear Water. Published February 15th 2009
- Casting pictures. Published January 29th 2007
- Underexpose. Published October 16th 2006
- Macro. Published August 30th 2006
- Jump!. Published June 21st 2006
- Use a tripod. Published June 1st 2006
- Glorious light. Published May 24th 2006
- Fishy pictures. Published May 4th 2006
- Bring it!. Published April 26th 2006
- Perfect Camera. Published April 9th 2006
- Use a fill flash. Published March 24th 2006
- Go low. Published March 20th 2006
- Go close. Published March 16th 2006
- Histograms not scheduled for publishing yet.