Catch The Moment in Great Fishing Pictures

Next to the thrilling act of reeling in a trophy fish, probably the most enjoyable feeling for anglers comes from sharing their experiences with pictures.   With today’s digital cameras and various avenues to share images online, friends and family around the world can instantly see your fishing pictures and shower you with compliments.

As a fishing writer for numerous magazines (both print and digital), I’m keenly aware that good photographs are as important — if not more important — then well-chosen words.   If you look through the pages of top fishing publications, you’ll notice interesting photos showing action and emotion — not dead, stiff fish and even stiffer subjects holding them.  Here are a few tips on how anybody can take better fishing photos:

  • Go live.  Even if you’re going to keep a fish for dinner, take photos right away while the fish is alive and has all its colors.  Wet down the fish and wash off any blood or loose scales.
  • Look the fish in the eye.  Do some shots looking at the camera, but take some with the subject looking at the fish he’s holding.   This captures the scene of a proud angler admiring his catch, instead of looking “posed.”
  • Be bright.  Wear bold colors like red, yellow, pink, that stand out against the sky.
  • Change perspective.  Getting lower than your subject and shooting upwards can be dramatic and makes the fish stand out.  Try having the angler hold the fish’s head downwards towards the camera, or try out other interesting angles.
  • Show emotion.  Have your subject smile, laugh, give a thumbs up or a high-five while displaying his catch.
  • Watch the background.  Don’t let rods, gaffs, VHF antennas or other clutter in the background ruin you shots.
  • Capture the action.  Some of the best shots show the battle…not just the victory.

Keep these things in mind, and your fishing photos might find their way into your favorite fishing magazine.  At the very least, your friends and family will look forward to your fishing-related emails, Facebook posts and texts messages.

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