6 Tips to take better photos of your catch

Posted on: Fri Jan 13

Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here to talk to you about, is how to make that picture the best you possible can, so in 20 years you can look back on it and go WOW that was a amazing fish and a amazing trip!

Below are a couple of tips that I have figured out to make that "hero shot" the best you can possible make it.

1- TAKE MORE PICTURES! We are in the digital age now. Bad pictures are easily deleted! Whether you are taking the pictures or a friend is, don't stop taking pictures until the fish has swam away. I start taking pictures the instant a fish hits the net or the angler picks the fish out of the water. It's not uncommon for me to take 50+ pictures of a fish. A couple will always turn out! You'll even get some candid ones too!

2- It's all about the angle! While you (or friend) is taking pictures, have the angler change the angles of the fish. I like to move the head of the fish towards the camera a little and tip the tail up just a bit.

3- Smile for the camera... sometimes. Get your real "grip and grin" photo (see tip 4) but after that, take some time and admire the fish you have caught. Do this while your friend is still hitting that shutter button (get the hint yet!). Look at the spots, adipose fin, how unique the eyes are, etc. Every fish is unique! This will provide you with a much more intimate photo too!

4- Get your big paws out of the way! Pinch the tail with your thumb and index finger with one hand. With the other, keep your fingers away from the front of the fish. Try and tuck your fingers under the fishes belly. On larger fish this isn't going to happen. This photo is about the fish, not your latest manicure. ;) Below is a photo of what it looks like when you don't do this.

5- Kneel down! I always have anglers crouch down or kneel down while I'm taking photos of their catch. If that can't happen (waist deep water, drift boat, etc.) just make sure that your camera is at the angle of the fish or a bit below.

6- Move the fish away from your body a bit. Extend your arms out! Don't keep that 12" trout right next to your 200 pound body. Highlight the fish by moving it away from you. Yes, this can make the fish look bigger but that's not the point of this article. The image below of the whitefish is here for a example of what it looks like when it's over exaggerated. Keep a bend in both arms.

A couple of photos are included of myself and friends utilizing these techniques. Take these ideas to the river with you next time and give it a shot! I know you're going to like the results.

Tight lines!