5 {ok - 6}Ways to Get Better Photos of Your Catch!

By Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

As a photographer and icefisherwoman I spend a great deal of my time taking photos of other people’s fish.  When I have a fish on, though, I spend a majority of the time trying to handle the fish while at the same time trying to tell my husband how to use my SLR. I gave him these tips the other day on how to get better photos of moi - I mean his clients!- while I am holding up my - I mean their! - big catch.  They can be used with either an SLR or a point and shoot.   SLR users - the wider the lens the better (see #2)!

1) Put the sun behind your subject.  It saves people from squinting and avoids harsh shadows which might darken out details in the fish.  If you can’t put the person in front of the sun, then attempt to block the sun with your body to avoid the above.

2) Put your camera at the widest angle and move in close!  I cannot stress this enough!  Don’t just stand there and zoom in on the person, instead zoom out to the widest angle you have and then start walking towards the fish.  You will notice that the fish still fills the frame and keeps getting longer (SLR users - ALWAYS bring your widest angle lens fishing!  I refer to my 17-55 mm as my “fishing lens”).  You can get some really cool shots this way - which leads me to number 3.

3) Make sure your auto focus is on the fish - NOT the person.  You can probably press the shutter down half way to make sure its focusing on the fish.  If its not focusing on the fish, then put more of the fish in the frame OR move to the left or right until it focuses on it.

4)  Use your flash.   Use it to compensate for the backlighting of the sun or to fill in the shadows from harsh light at mid day.  It will also bring out some nice detail in the fish. 

5) Try different perspectives to make it interesting.  Stand slightly above the person, kneel down and shoot from below OR take the photo from the side with the fish horizontally placed.

6) Take multiple photos!  You have no idea at the time if some one looks pained (I usually do in the first one) , their eyes are closed, or if the fish moved.  Taking multiple exposures helps you have a bunch to choose from when you are posting them online or getting prints made!


Enjoy fishing - and please contact me at hannah@stonehousephoto.com if you have any questions!

Hannah S Hudson is the owner of both www.Lrn2Fish.com and www.StonehousePhoto.com. She somehow manages to specialize in both wedding photography and fishing photography - both of which involve fast moving subjects!