FishingKaki.com encourages the posting of Catch Reports; with that we get to see many different types of happy faces and their pictures.
As Catch and Release garners very strong support from Anglers around the world a picture is the only chance we have to show it in all it's glory and then some.
Different fish require different poses, like a Mackerel should almost always be held through its gills with it's mouth facing skyward and have the eyes of the fish in line with yours. Comparison is what you are doing here to show the difference between the angler and the fish, the mistake of holding a Mackerel perpendicular commonly happens, where the fish does not visually frame well.
The photographer has to go further back, more of the background comes into play creating too much empty space and worse, visual distractions.
10 Fishing, Picture Taking Tips
1.) Frame the shot
Keep it tight or crop it tight later, unless you have a beautiful green background or ocean.
When you ask your friend to take the picture for you, unless you have a cropping software of sorts, ask him to keep the tip of the mouth and tip of the tail at the edge of the the viewfinder or preview screen.
Cropped & Contrast tweaked
2.) Support the belly
A Boga is good for a lip grip, but fish like a Barramundi/Siakap/Kim don't like, it, in fact, most fish depending on their weight can have their spine broken from bad handling.
Edit: What is important here is too make sure the fish is dead straight and the top fin is more or less inline with your nose.
Keep your neck behind the fish and it should add the mysteriousness; no I am joking, it puts the focus on the fish - this is photography and not about making the fishing look bigger, which does help.
Daniel from DUO
3.) Dead pictures are, dead
Even if you plan to take the fish home for a feed, try to take the picture of the fish alive, it's colours are full and it's eyes are alive.
4.) Hide everything
A well framed shot is a good start, however a Boga and fingers don't look at home on fish, you will never be able to hide all things, but you can minimise the impact it has on the fish by, supporting the belly or hiding the boga.
5.) A good camera and lens
Not saying go out and get a 5D Mark III, just get something that takes good pictures.
Get something that is auto and handles exposure well, this is what kills more pictures, followed by unfocused and finally by grainy images.
A basic point and shoot that is water proof like a Lumix or Nikon.
Please don't use ultra to wide angle lenses; a lot of charters love to use them as the fish looks so much bigger than it really is. If you want to get any focal length, I would suggest a 24MM for starters, if you want to bring your 11MM~22MM for a walk, take the landscape or the boat at the harbour.
ISO400 will handle anything you throw at it or ISO800 if the boat is truly shaded, however, put it in full auto and fire away.
I don't like the flash unless it is dark, at which point it is good to get a focusing light or just use your headlamp and point it at your friend with the fish to allow the camera to auto focus and sense what it needs to do.
6.) Be happy
A smile never hurt anyone; but look like you hare having fun or if you take a picture with your buddy the staring into each others eyes while you both hold on to the fish could show your brotherly love but while you are doing it, smile.
7.) Wrong Background though
All too often pictures are taken in a sink, it's really off putting when this is done.
Than there is the taking a picture in your hallway or worse, a car park.
Fish don't belong with such backgrounds, a bit like us floating face down in the water. Gruesome.
8.) The Group Shot
This is a double edged sword, on one hand a big fish looks huge because your brain processes multiple depth of perceptions at the same time with the varying people the fish looks huge, or does it?
It is sometimes used to make the fish look big, it's a common faux pose when more than one angler used and the fish looks big.
However, huge fish look huge because you have a human ruler to show you just how big the fish is; here you know this is a massive fish.
Photoshop or any picture editing software is ok, contrast, brightness and a filter. Post.
10.) Don't waste the shot
Recently friends of mine caught some great fish on a trip. They told me it was 20 kilos, the fish looked 10 kilos, or less. I simply skipped the pictures and thought, "What a waste".
You pay good money to fish, that includes your rod and reel; wasting it on a bad pictures.
The painful one is the $5000 trip and it's a big GT but showing you friends you say "The picture does not do it justice"