Recently I was doing a photo shoot for a major outdoor media company. Based on the stares and sideways glances, you would have thought it was a freak show with free money being handed out. Lights stands everywhere, production assistants and nearly six figures worth of camera equipment that can cause a traffic jam on the water.
If you think this is out of the normal you wouldn’t want to see what goes into a fashion shoot, or that celebrity your significant other thinks looks so good on the cover of her favorite women’s mag.
If you don’t travel with a staff of assistants or didn’t take a mortgage out to get a camera; below are a few simple tips to help you preserve memories of a successful trip with a better photo.
Fill flash—Use a fill flash even in the middle of the day to help reduce face shadows from a hat brim.
Sun—Keep the sun at the back of the photographer and towards the face of the person being shot.
High Speed Card—Don’t skimp on a cheap SD card, get one that has a high MB/second rate, it will help get the most out of your camera.
Resolution—Always shoot in the highest resolution that your camera will take, you can always knock it down later. Most cameras have three or four preset resolution qualities.
Frame It—Attempt to center and frame the photo how you want it to appear, cropping hurts overall quality.
Location—Don’t wait till a fish is dead and washed out or you’re sitting in the parking lot. Shots out on the lake or in the boat far surpass those taken after.
The biggest tip is simply to just take photos. Don’t simply shoot one or two and move on. Know that even the best photographers with the best equipment take hundreds of photos to get a couple that are good.
Capt. Ross Robertson