Taking Photos of Fish | Fishing Photography Tips

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It's a running joke that fishermen find all sorts of ways to make their catch appear bigger than it really was, but taking pictures of the fish you catch might be the only way to prove to your pals that you really did land "the big one". Even if you don't land a trophy fish, photos are a great way to keep the memory of your trip alive. Photographing fish can be tricky, especially if you're trying to get the subtle color and pattern variations that make so many species beautiful.

The good news is, you can take great pictures without investing in high-tech gear. A point-and-shoot camera or even a smartphone is capable of capturing images that do justice to the fish if you know what you're doing.

Tips for Taking Great Fish Photos

1. Know your camera. This is the most important step. The best camera in the world means nothing if you don't know how to use it. Bring along a camera you know. Sometimes you won't have much time to snap a shot so you need to be able to quickly operate it. 

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2. Check the basics. It sounds silly, but check the camera for dirt, sand, or watermarks on the lens before shooting. As we said above, your time will be short. Don't risk snapping off a great picture only to look at it later and realise the lens was covered in gunk.

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3. Get familiar with the flash. Depending on the time of day, you might need the flash to capture a great image. The nice thing about digital cameras is that you can view the image right away. That gives you a chance to see if the flash helped or hindered the image. Scales can reflect flashes, but by tilting the fish at the right angle these problems can be overcome.

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4. Play around with the Macro function. Macro functions are essential for close-up pictures and creative photographs. If you want to zero in on a specific feature of the fish or it's colouring, you need to know how to use the Macro function.

5. Take more than one shot. Don’t settle for just one shot. Take as many as you can with the time you have. Try different angles and stances. The more options you try, the better your chances of capturing a really great picture.

6. Don't forget action shots. There's no need to settle for the standard "holding the fish on a line" shot. Get some shots while the fish is being reeled in or fighting you on the line. Sometimes the glint of sun and water droplets makes for stunning photos.

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