Photographing My Journey
In trying to get better at shooting pictures of a great day so others may fish through my eyes, I am attempting to get better and as good as the pics posted by David Knapp.
My brother, you are gifted. As anyone who has tried not only to get to the fish, catch the fish, handle and then for a brief moment get a good picture before they slip to where they came.....it's
nothing short of magical hat trick!! I am figuring out the Macros and any advice after looking at these and other pics would greatly be appreciated.
Breck, nice pics. I agree that David's pics are always a nice treat. I may be wrong but a lot of the time he is using a much nicer camera than a point and shoot. Maybe a DSLR or something.
As for your pics here, the second pic (the rainbow) is pretty good. There is a slight glare that you can only eliminate a couple of ways. You could try to take the pic out of direct sunlight so the all of the light isn't reflected off the fish and/or by not using a flash for the same reason. I am using an older Olympus tough series point and shoot. When I take fish pics, I shoot in Macro mode, and no flash. Of course this greatly slows the shutter speed and requires a VERY steady hand to avoid blurriness. It just takes practice. If I want to get a close-up of a particular part of the fish, say a brook trout's spots, etc., I use the super macro mode.
As for your last pic, it seems the exposure is off. I tend to do very little post processing to my pics. I might change the exposure slightly, as well as the contrast and highlights. Usually I don't need to play with saturation much. I guess there are lots of programs to do this, but I use iPhoto on my mac or occasionally picmonkey.com. Picmonkey gives you a ton more options and is almost like a free version of photoshop (but much more limited obviously). Maybe some of the real photographers can help you more, but I figured one amateur to another, I might be able to help a little.
A trout stream is a difficult place to take photos. David, Adam Beal, and several others here take some beautiful photos. Learning how to manipulate photos in a computer programs will improve some aspects of your photography, but the old tried and true methods of taking lots of photos, keeping a log, and devoting time and effort to the craft will make you better. Make sure your photographs are in focus. No computer program can correct that:smile: Point and shoot cameras definitely have some limitations when compared to a DSLR, but with a little practice and trial and error some of their short comings can be overcome.
A high end camera is a must...I would say a person needs to drop at least $400 to get a decent camera, probably 2-3 times that. Nice pics though. Check out Steve Laurent...the guy is a genius when it comes to photographing fly fishing scenes...mostly a steelheader though.
Your pictures are looking great! The others have pointed out some small adjustments that can be made. As AL trout bum mentioned, I carry a DSLR 99% of the time on the stream and that definitely makes a big difference. Having killed one by water damage, I will say that it can be a bit stressful to carry on the water.
As several others mentioned, the biggest thing with any camera is practice and experience. I shoot a lot outside of fishing as well and every little bit helps. I'm still nowhere near the quality of some photographers but as with everything, I'm improving with practice.
Some of my favorite pictures have been shot with a point and shoot. For some reason, I can shoot 10 shots of the same thing with a point and shoot and one will turn out beautifully while the others are not so great. With a point and shoot, volume tends to guarantee at least a few turn out better...
Turn off the flash as often as possible. Learn to hold your hand perfectly still even when pushing the shutter release..
I'm enjoying your reports and pictures. Keep it up so I can continue to enjoy the mountains I grew up fishing from afar!!!
I really like the first pic of the rainbow.....lots of light reflection...good job!!!:smile: