Better fishing pictures: Go low - 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. - Global FlyFisher

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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.

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Ordinary - Taking an image of a kneeling person like this leads to a somewhat boring image. Always be at least as low as your subject unless you intentionally want a bird\'s perspective.
Ordinary
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Ambience - By bringing the camera really low and close the photographer managed to get this marvellous shot, which shows the fish, the angler and the landscape and sky -- and all very well.
Ambience
 
One of the most common errors I see when I see people taking pictures is that they will be looking down on their subject.
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.
What's missing?
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.


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Not always flattering - Sure, you sometimes look a little stupid.
Not always flattering

The result


Always take some pictures where the camera is lower than your subject.

  
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Camera low - Digital cameras with flip-out LCD\'s offer a perfect opportunity of seeing what you get when you hold it as low as this.
Camera low
 
If you really want to get down, you want to use an angle finder or a camera, where the display can be tilted. That allows you to keep the camera so low that you actually cannot look into it, but using an angler viewer or finder you can still see what's happening.

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 series
These 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...
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User comments
From: mike Michaelis · Ojm999·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted March 8th 2012

wish that lucky guy was me!!



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