What makes a fishing photo good? There are several reasons why your shots might come out looking less impressive than you’d have thought initially. For one, you have to own a decent camera. Unfortunately, most of the DSLRs and other options I’ve come across are anything but affordable, but they might pay off in the end, particularly as you may typically invest a lot of time in catching the dream fish you’ve always wanted.
Another detail you ought to consider is that the camera needs to be kept clean, which is a feat that’s close to impossible because fishing isn’t the neatest sport in the world. Even so, it may be a good idea to check on the lens from time to time just to see whether you’ve been splashing around and getting some of the mucus of the fish on its surface. Do yourself a favor and get a pack of tissues intended for cleaning your lens and be sure to do it rather often when you’re on the boat or on the shore.
The lighting has to be right in order for your subjects to come out looking as they should. Never take a picture when the sun is looking straight at you because there’s a high chance that the person holding the fish comes out looking totally dark. With the sun behind the subject, your pictures can look sharp, well-composed, and well-lighted.
Furthermore, it might be worth noting that most of the fishermen who like to experiment with taking fishing photos make the mistake of using the same angle all of the time. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but professional photographers actually publish bestselling books about photo composition and about how you can make your pictures look a lot more appealing. Every picture is different, and I do appreciate that, but you have to make up your mind about what you’re trying to focus on. Sometimes, a trout or a salmon may look more compelling when its head is in the left corner of the image, and the rest of its body completes the space toward the right corner of the picture.
If you have the right camera, there are no limits as to what you can try. Most of the digital cams that are available for sale nowadays are packed with a plethora of shooting modes and automatic filters which can take your shots to a whole new level. I’m not saying you should enroll in a course tackling Adobe Photoshop. I’m merely pointing out that you can make the most of your equipment even if you do not own an expensive camera.
Last but not least, you should try to take advantage of all the natural perks offered by the environment you will do your fishing in. For example, the intricate design of a rainbow trout will be extremely eye-catching when reflected on the water surface. Play with your focus, fish with a photogenic friend and be sure to have as much fun as possible.