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gg1262
02-28-2008, 10:19 PM
Okay, first and foremost, "Good on ya' Miss Paula. " The photography forum is cool, if for no other reason than some good "Fish ****" as they say. That being said, I would like to contribute. The problem, outside of catching quality fish, is I have trouble taking a good picture when I do land a nice one. I find that a lot of my pictures end up looking washed out, especially rainbows. Does anyone have any tips for taking a quality streamside picture of fish. I use a simple little Kodak point and shoot digital. No optical zoom, I think it takes 2 Meg pictures. I'm just looking for pics that will look good as wallpaper on my laptop!! Thanks in advance for any advice!

Greg

buzzmcmanus
02-29-2008, 10:53 AM
I'm lousy at taking pictures of fish. You may want to post a picture and someone with a little more expertice (sp.?) can help.

jeffnles1
02-29-2008, 03:36 PM
Okay, first and foremost, "Good on ya' Miss Paula. " The photography forum is cool, if for no other reason than some good "Fish ****" as they say. That being said, I would like to contribute. The problem, outside of catching quality fish, is I have trouble taking a good picture when I do land a nice one. I find that a lot of my pictures end up looking washed out, especially rainbows. Does anyone have any tips for taking a quality streamside picture of fish. I use a simple little Kodak point and shoot digital. No optical zoom, I think it takes 2 Meg pictures. I'm just looking for pics that will look good as wallpaper on my laptop!! Thanks in advance for any advice!

Greg

Greg,
It depends on your camera. Check the owners manual and see if it has a spot metering capability. Typically, the fish is much lighter color and more reflective than its background. Tha camera light meter averages out for the scend and if the fish is a very small part of the whole, then it'll be washed out.

If you don't have a spot meter, make sure the fish fills up the largest part of the center of the frame (move in closer, hold the fish farther away from your body, etc.) to make the fish fill up more of the frame.

Of course, the method I prefer to have the fish fill up more of the frame is to simply catch larger fish.

Two prime examples of the kind of larger fish I'm talking about are below. You have to remember that men in my family all have freakishly large hands so the fish are actually bigger than they may at first appear.

(I also have some ocean front property right in the heart of the GSMP for sale if you're interested...:cool:

Jeff

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/HPIM0122.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/HPIM0099.jpg

gg1262
02-29-2008, 04:11 PM
Yes, I see..........FREAKISHLY large hands....so those will wrap around a basketball like, what, two times!!!!

Thanks for the advice. I'll try getting closer (the smaller the fish, the closer!!) One trick I did pick up last time out was to shut off the flash. Looking at your pictures it would seem that the background makes a difference as well. I am guessing the darker backgrounds help.

I doubt my camera has anything like spot metering capability and if it did, the manual has been gone for a loooonnggg time. This camera is a Kodak DX3500, circa 2002. I take it because it is small and if it were to take a drop in the drink I wouldn't be out much.

Thanks again for the reply. Here's hoping for fish that make even your hands look small!!!

jeffnles1
02-29-2008, 04:44 PM
Greg,
Check out these links for a copy of the owners manual for your camera.
This is the html version
http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/publications/urg00007toc.jhtml

this is the pdf
http://www.kodak.com/global/plugins/acrobat/en/service/manuals/urg00007/6B5501_GLB_en.pdf

I would use the PDF version myself becasue then you can download it and have it on your computer or just print it out.

Jeff Sluder

(I just love google!)

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