Tips for taking better fishing pictures!

Hi Island Lake visitors, fishing enthusiasts and fellow AMFisHers!  Are you looking to capture better quality fishing pictures?  Well you are reading the right article to do so!  This blog post is filled with various tips to help you take better fishing pictures this season, so make sure to read it all the way through.

I love taking pictures in general of various things or scenery’s on my outings and make sure to apply some of the simple things I have learned through taking those pictures when I take fishing pictures as well.  Many of us are sooooooooooooooooooooooo excited to have caught a fish that we tend to grab our phones or camera’s right away snap the shot the way it looks and get back to fishing.  Well what happens next has affected all of us we end up with a bad picture of a good fish we caught, which is why I am writing this post to share a few tips with all of you. Or we end up spending a lot of time looking at the pictures we just took trying to capture the best one possible, totally forgetting about the fish having been out of water for several minutes, not a good scenario either.

First when handling the fish before a picture make sure you wet your hands or put gloves on that have also been dipped into the lake, WHY well fish have that ever so popular slime as we all call it all over them, this is a protective layer to the fish and if enough of it is removed it can really do some harm as fish are susceptible to infections. Once your hands are wet of your have those wet gloves on, grab and hold the fish the way you want to hold it in the picture and be sure to have a secure grip with your second hand supporting the back end of the fish. If you are taking a photo by yourself the best way to hold a fish with small teeth is by lip grabbing it by the lower jaw and with fish that do have sharp teeth you can grab them just beside the gills and hold somewhat tight or secure them from inside the gill plate as well, just be mindful that those gill plates do have the ability to cut or scrape your hand due to those bones having sharp edges.

Have your camera or phone ready somewhere near you so in that excited moment you are not scrambling around for it.  This is critical especially if it is a fish of a lifetime and you can’t find your camera which would not be a good thing at all. If you are fishing alone and taking a selfie is the only option, I would highly recommend getting a decent selfie stick, as it will make things so much easier for you. trying to capture a good size fish while holding one arm way out up high is not easy and you can very easily drop your phone in the lake if the fish decides to thrash, as well as end up with a bunch of pictures where you have only captured 3/4’s of the fish in the image. I use an extendable selfie stick and an extendable GoPro pole as well, as both serve purposes for capturing some fun cool images from various angles without risking damaging my phone. Another method I used is finding a good secure place within my boat or kayak to stand my phone up, this works well as it’s quite easy to set this up and you can utilize the picture timer so you can actually get ready for the picture properly.

Always keep the fish in your net or live well while getting ready for the picture, not on the bottom of the boat or out of water for several minutes, as fish can only hold their breath out of water for about 15 to 20 seconds, possibly a little longer but there is not point if you can have it securely submerged in the net while you get ready.  What happens is we see things as being a few seconds while we are rushing around and in the end it turns out to be more like several minutes that have passed but have gone unnoticed due to the excitement levels we have. Fish can really be stressed out and suffocated if they are not breathing, so do things the right way and make sure you are fully ready before you attempt to take any photos.

If someone else is taking the picture for you make sure they have the sun to their back which would result in you having the sun on your face, this will provide all the light you need to capture a great image without any of those splatter light patches that blind your face in the photo, which usually happen when the person having his/her picture taken is standing with their back to the sun and the camera is directed right into the sun, trust me it makes for a pretty bad picture that way.  If you are wearing a hat your will also want to raise the brim of the hat up slightly to allow more light to enter, as this will prevent massive shadows from overtaking your face as well. On overcast of low light condition days try taking a few different pictures, some with the flash off and other with it on as that extra light can make for a stunning picture under these conditions.

This is a picture of my biggest Canadian largemouth bass(weighed in at just over 7 pounds!), that was not caught on Island Lake but I am using this picture as an example of making sure to have the sun facing you while taking your fishing pictures. It is pretty clear that the sun is shining directly towards me and as you can see I was able to capture a stunning photo of my biggest bass yet!

Where you hold the fish in front of you can play a huge role in a good or bad picture as well, as you can see in this picture below of this same big bass I purposely held this fish further out and higher up as I was playing around with some fun pictures that I could post about a bass casting a shadow on me, which can be a really fun thing to do because from experimenting with different styles of fishing pictures you get better at taking them! On the other hand if this was the only shot I raced to take of my biggest Canadian bass ever, I would have to live with 3/4 of my face shadowed out and a bunch of the fish missing, I don’t think anyone would be happy with a picture like this of their MONSTER catch, so take the time and do it right.

Now this bass below was caught on Island Lake on a very rainy day, which is why I made sure to add the flash while having this picture taken of this 5 plus pound MONSTER and as you can see by adding that flash I was able to capture a much clearer overall image of this fish preventing it from coming out dark and not making for a good fishing picture. Between every picture I take I make sure I take a few extra seconds to let the fish take some good breaths by submerging it into the water for several seconds then pulling it back out for another quick photo. By slowing this process down a little everything works out better for us as we end up with much better fishing pictures and the fish is not harmed or stressed out to much either, it’s a win win situation!

Hold the fish horizontally as fish are designed that way to swim around, by holding it vertical you cause a great deal of stress on it’s internal organs that will hang in the wrong direction, as fish are made to swim horizontally as are their organs.  If you do hold the fish vertical as I have in some of my pictures and the one above, make sure you take a quite picture then immediately hold it in the horizontal position again.

Also try and capture a little scenery in the shot, always makes for a better picture when you see bright green trees, a stunning shoreline, some great clouds in the sky, a nice cliff, fall leaves, a cottage, anything structure related enhances that same old picture of you just holding a fish in open water and it adds a different element of colour to the pictures.

These are just a few things I follow that I wanted to share with all of you, WHY well I have about 1,477 fishing pictures over the years, many of which are not the greatest pictures BUT I am fortunate enough to have an entire fleet of pictures that I truly love looking at and are fond fishing memories because I followed many of these tips to capture the best pictures I could!

Hope you found this post helpful…tight lines everyone!

The AMFisH guy…Billy.

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