Some people will say that taking good shots of the catches you make depends on the camera you are using and it all comes down to the equipment. Others will tell you that it is up to the photographer. A professional photographer will tell you that you can have the most up to date camera with a great zoom lens and the ability to adjust the shutter speed and aperture in the way that you want, but if you don’t know how to go about taking the shot then the camera is a waste.
Steps To Good Fly Fishing Photography
*When you are fishing, be on the look out for what you think will make a good shot. Picture it as though you are looking through the lens of your own camera. Don’t just go snapping happily away. There are things to take into consideration when you are taking a photo.
*Composition is probably the most important factor. You will find that most cameras help you with this by providing you with a grid. Focus on getting the main subject in first before you try and get creative with the background. You will find that the backgrounds will help the photo, but the people who are looking at your photo will want to know what it is about.
*You have to capture the shot of the fisherman or the fish at the point where you are able to tell the story and not a moment later when all you get is the end of the fishing rod. This is where timing is important. Patience will also come in here because there won’t be action for a while and you will have to be ready when something does come along. Zoom right up close to your subject so you grab the expression.
* Get to know your camera and your settings. You will be surprised how many people just leave their DSLR‘s on auto. Take advantage of macro where you will be able to see things that are not visible with the naked eye. You will get to see every detail of your fish in this way. Lighting is one of the most difficult techniques to achieve in all types of photography. It’s important with fly fishing photography because it will affect the sharpness. You are able to create slow motion water shots and nice contrasts if you have the correct lighting. If it is a sunny day you may need to use a flash. With a DSLR it will indicate when you need a flash. The fact that it is a digital camera means that you can always adjust your settings so this is handy.
*A tripod will come to good use. Make sure all of the right settings are in place before you set it up. For a close up shot of the fisherman after the fish has been caught, get yourself at a low angle, making sure you leave the rod in the picture with the fly in the fish’s mouth and position the fisherman so he or she is sitting in the water.