|Eyes closed, too much flash,|
and the only shot I got.
When taking a picture it is always good to familiarize yourself with the camera you are using, if it is your friend’s, don’t be afraid to take a minute to check to see if the settings are correct and if you got the right shot. Take off your sunglasses if you can't see the screen. Just getting the fish in the shot is not good enough. The picture to the right is my first Lake Michigan King salmon. The guy, who I met at the marina that day, netted my fish perfectly. But when he took my picture he said got it and I believed him. I learned to ask to see the photo before packing up.
Do not center the person in the shot; keep their body to one third of the photo. Using the Auto setting is your best bet in most lighting situations. It is a good idea to ask how your friend wants the picture, once the fish is gone you can‘t retake the photo. You want to avoid having the sun to your back or your partners back as a general rule. Make sure you check the photo and if you can show them before they let go of the fish. Lastly, make them smile. There are enough pictures of guys looking like they are at funerals with fish; pretend you are having some fun out there.
If someone else is taking your picture remember it is OK to ask them to get another shot. If you are keeping the fish Time doesn't really matter, but if you are catch and release fishing keep the fish in the water as long as you can. Many fish air-drown while someone is waiting to take a picture of them--so please remember the point of Catch Picture Release (CPR) fishing is to release and preserve the species.
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