Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

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Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by MTgrayling » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:48 pm

I think most of us all start out laying the fish on the ground, snow, gravel, sticks weeds and mud at first. It's normal to want to get a picture of a nice fish, but it can be done just as quickly and easily without harming the quarry and perhaps even getting a better result in the end.

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Here's a few tips I learned this season:

Get everything ready while fighting the fish. Set the camera where you expect to land the fish, turn it on and get the settings correct. Fish hate to wait.

Hold the fish with one hand while taking the picture with the other. After a few tries you should be able to do this as second nature. Getting the background level is a challenge, but again with practice it comes easier.

Shadows are a photographers enemy. If possible try to get the fish in shade, if not full sun is OK. Cloudy days make the best photos. Position yourself while taking the picture so your own shadow won't be visible.

If there is a nice backdrop use it to your advantage. Background scenery or even an old log, rock or vegetation adds much to the photo.

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If there is nothing to use as a background try taking a wide shot of the fish and water.

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If the fish violently protests, put it back in the water for a few seconds. If it keeps trashing let it go, you can always catch it again.

These are peeves of mine: When someone else takes your photo, hold the fish as close to your body as possible without sliming yourself. Holding the fish at arms length fools no one and looks very stupid. Do not put the rod in between your legs, throw the damn thing on the bank or in the river, the "I gotta pee" shots are some of the most embarrassing for everyone.

Now obviously I am still learning so any additional tips are welcome. A poor picture of the most beautiful fish just plain sucks.

Most of all, get out there and practice!
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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by West Chester » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:12 pm

Like this?

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by Rhyacophila » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:33 pm

I usually lay em in the soft grass and step on their tail so they don't flop away. Then I kick em back into the river so as I don't have to bend over to pick em up with my dry hands.
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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by FlyFish2 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:26 pm

Get one of these http://joby.com/gorillapod So you can avoid laying the fish on the ground all together.

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by GStyler » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:46 pm

Got any tips for self portraits with a dSLR?
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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by FlyFish2 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:33 pm

I do it all the time.

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by CoMtFishing » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:00 pm

GStyler wrote:Got any tips for self portraits with a dSLR?
I usually set up the camera and focus on a small bush or something, then step to the left or right of the bush when taking the picture.

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by illcentrifugal » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:48 pm

with a little editing, you could totally turn this in to a how to piece for the drake. a magazine or something

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by P-A » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:34 am

Those gravel trouts look nasty so i am all for this thread MTG!! :cool
I always carry the camera with me and have a 12-24 mm lenses
as a standard lense for my "solo shooting" and that works great.
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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by DeadRatsClacker » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:23 pm

GStyler wrote:Got any tips for self portraits with a dSLR?
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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by stonedfly » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:44 pm

Hook fish, put back-pack on the bank (or find other suitable structure), set up camera on backpack, push button run back to fish and remove from net (and water), snap and release.

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Re: Tips for taking pictures of fish while alone

Post by ak_powder_monkey » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:43 am

My camera has a take a picture every ten seconds mode that I leave it in, when I catch a nice fish I set the camera on a rock and push the button and keep the fish in the water until its about to take a picture... Got some good shots this way without having the fish out of the water for more than 2 seconds.
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