Better fishing pictures: fishy, fishy!
Published May 4th 2006
We naturally take a lot of pictures of fish, and a few tricks can make these much better and more appealing than the average fish picture seen.
And preparing mentally is a good idea, particularly if the fish is going to be released. That will give you precious little time to get your picture taken, and if you're alone a bit of thinking ahead can be the key to getting that great image.
Dead fish are much easier to handle, but remember that pictures of dead fish should be taken at waterside and not back in the garden, backyard or (yikes!) in the kitchen. And please take them before you gut the fish! Many fish will loose their bright colors or silver shine the minute they are dead, so be quick about taking pictures as soon as the fish is out of the water.
Killing fish for the pan is common in most parts of the world, but just because the fish is dead doesn't mean that it has to be held vertically in the tail, carried with a finger in a gill lid or hung by a piece of string through the mouth.
Handle the dead fish in such a manner that it presents itself nicely. Support it under the tail and belly and hold it in front of you. Clean off sand, grass and dust and make sure you take the picture before colors or silver shine fades as already mentioned.
You can also arrange the dead fish in the ground with the gear next to it. These still lives can fall out really stylish and beautiful.
Snap as many images as you can get before a C&R fish is released or the angler tires. Take some full frame images, some close-ups and some detail shots. Get some where the angler smiles into the camera and some where he or she is actively landing or releasing the fish.
And remember the previous advice: go close, go low and use a fill flash, and find inspiration in these three articles on tails, fins and heads. You can also visit 500th.net, which has much more on cameras, equipment and 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
- Go close in Gallery. Published March 16th 2006
- Go low in Gallery. Published March 20th 2006
- Use a fill flash in Gallery. Published March 24th 2006
- Perfect Camera in Gallery. Published April 9th 2006
- Bring it! in Gallery. Published April 26th 2006
- Glorious light in Gallery. Published May 24th 2006
- Use a tripod in Gallery. Published June 1st 2006
- Jump! in Gallery. Published June 21st 2006
- Macro in Gallery. Published August 30th 2006
- Underexpose in Gallery. Published October 16th 2006
- Casting pictures in Gallery. Published January 29th 2007
- Clear Water in Gallery. Published February 15th 2009
- Bent Rods in Gallery. Published May 2nd 2009
- Gear pictures in Gallery. Published June 16th 2009
- Shoot the weather in Gallery. Published March 15th 2010
- Pictures of nature in Gallery. Published March 24th 2010
- Waterscapes in Gallery. Published January 9th 2011
- Close to the surface in Gallery. Published July 29th 2011
- Fly pictures in Gallery. Published March 25th 2012
- Compose in Gallery. Published November 30th 2012
- Shadows in Gallery. Published December 21st 2012
- Reflections in Gallery. Published March 3rd 2013
- Better pictures: shooting the sun in Gallery. Published August 10th 2013
- Histograms in Gallery not scheduled for publishing yet.