GUEST BLOG: Brian King, Photo tips for Sportsmen
Brian is a native of Michigan and has lived in Kentucky for over 16 years. He is an avid hunter, angler, and shooter. He has recently become quite the outdoor blogger and has inspired us to get out, explore and learn something new every day. Today he helps us capture our proudest moments out on the hunt through the lens.
Part of enjoying the outdoors is taking photos to preserve our memories and share them with others. As hunters and anglers, we like to take photos of our game and fish. Here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your “trophy” pictures.
1. Fill The Frame
It’s important to fill the frame with the subject. Get in close and eliminate distracting objects and backgrounds. Make the hunter or angler and their game or fish the primary focus of the photo. It’s okay to take pictures at various distances, but make sure to get those close-in shots. It’s no fun to have someone take your picture with that nice buck only to find out they stood so far away that you end up as a small part of the photo.
2. Use The Flash
Many of us don’t think to use flash outside. Bright, sunny days provide lots of light, but they can also cause harsh shadows, especially in the woods. If the subject’s face or the animal seems dark, take some shots with the flash to eliminate shadows and brighten the scene. Most sportsmen wear hats and those can cast shadows on the face. The flash can remove those shadows and show detail. Try experimenting with the flash and compare results.
3. Check The Focus
Even with today’s auto focus cameras, sharp focus is not guaranteed. Take a moment and make sure the camera has properly focused on your subject and not something else in the scene. Bad focus will ruin a photo even when everything else is right. If you have a dSLR camera and are having trouble getting proper focus, switch to manual focus to get what you want.
4. Change It Up
Another habit we have is taking all of our shots from the same position or angle. Don’t be afraid to move around and take pictures from various angles. Don’t take all the shots standing up if your subject is kneeling. Get down to eye level where you will gain a different perspective. If possible, have your subject move and get different elements in the scene.
These are basic things that can greatly improve your outdoor pictures and give you shots that you can cherish for a lifetime.