Hunt/Fish: The Art of Taking Great Hunting and Fishing Pictures

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Lights, camera…action! Getting a great photo when enjoying the outdoors while fishing, hunting, or hiking isn’t just icing on the cake, a great photo is something we share with family and friends. It engages our memory of a special day for years to come—sometimes a lifetime.

Think about that favorite photo you have: the sunrise that glistens on the water as you head out for a day of fishing with your dad, or the vista with snow-capped peaks at the end of a perfect hike. Maybe it is the biggest bass of the week or your first elk, ever.

The right photo is a prized possession on your desk at work or becomes your cover photo or profile pic on Facebook. Great photos have stories behind them, and through their stories they keep the outdoor moment alive.

Here’s a few pointers for those of us that want to improve our outdoor photos.

  • Avoid harsh, bright sunlight. Try early morning or just before dusk for softer, warmer light.
  • If it can’t be helped to take the shot in the middle of the day during bright sun, use shade if at all possible and add flash or reflective light on the face.
  • Get low—down at the same angle—on the water or down on the ground. Or try unique angles. Place the shot looking through or around something—a branch or a leaf—for depth and perspective.
  • Be ready. When the shot is there you have to take it quickly. Have your camera with you. If all else fails, use the camera on your phone.
  • Weather elements—especially snow—can magnify the artistry of your shot.

Photo courtesy of the Hunting page via Facebook

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