It has been a very busy couple of months for me. I just got home from the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It was a great show and I got all of the things accomplished that I needed too even though I had to fight through a bad case of the "crud" the entire time it seemed. Now its time to change the focus..
With all of the cool smartphones out there that we all keep in our pockets while hunting, it doesn't require a $2,000 DSLR, professional camera to take good trophy photos. Some of my best photos have come from my iPhone while in the field.
Remember, if you are proud enough of it to take a picture, be proud enough to take the time to take a picture that is quality enough to share. My rule of thumb is that if the picture isn't something I would make an 8 x 10 out of, then what's the point of taking it? Also, whats the point of taking a gruesome picture and sharing it on Facebook? Wouldn't it be much better to take a cool picture that you can be proud of that shows off the animal and how proud you are of your accomplishment?
Here are a few quick tips to help you achieve quality trophy pics:
Face the sun: Turn to where you and the animal will be lit up by the sun somewhat facing you (remember to lift your cap to avoid dark shadows across your face)
Get Low: Get the camera as low to the ground as you can and shoot up towards the subject. (this will help make a dramatic effect and the animal look more impressive)
Check your gear: Make sure that you dont have something out of place whether it is your bow, your hat is messed up, your shirt is unbuttoned, whatever..
Take plenty: With everyone using digital style pictures, there is no sense in just taking one picture. I always take a few pictures and choose the best
Clean up: I always carry some Code Blue "wipes" with me to the field. These are handy for wiping sweat on those warm days for scent control, but also for wiping excess blood from a deer's nose or side. Remember to make that animal that just made you so happy look the best it can.
No gutting: If you have already gutted your deer by the time you take the picture, make sure to roll him up on his belly so it doesnt show the gutted area. This is not appetizing to the potential "non-hunters" out there and just plain doesn't look good even if you love rolling around in blood.
Think: I will only take this animal one time in my life. Let's take a picture that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Flash or No Flash: Take a few pictures with flash on and flash off to see which will look the best. It is different in every lighting condition.
These are just a few tips to help you complete your outdoor experience. The one pet peeve of mine is seeing a hunter take a buck of a lifetime and the only pictures you see are bloody, tongue hanging out, back of the pickup pictures that look like he just got through drinking a case of Old Milwaukee and this buck ran out in front of his F150.
I want everyone to enjoy the great sport of hunting and these are just some things to help finalize the deal when you drop that buck of your dreams....
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