Suggestions on Snapping Pics Of Your Trophy
I have to say that one of the greatest things (IMHO) that has happened to taking still pictures, is the mass onslaught of digital cameras in the market. There's likely going to be those who swear by good quality SLRs, and no doubt they're likely going to provide the best quality pictures. But if you don't have a camera in your hand when an opportunity presents itself, then the image is only captured in your memories of the moment. Reasonably priced descent digital cameras can easily fit into your pocket and follow you virtually everywhere and all the time.
Pocket sized digital cameras with fairly good resolution and computer programs that allow manipulating those snaps has provided me with a lot of captured memories.
Here's just a few suggestions on making that picture of your hunting trophy just a little more memorable:
1. Take the picture of your downed quarry in the woods or afield where you actually shot your game. Don't take the pics while the animal is thrown into the back of a pick-up truck, or in the backyard at home with the kids swing in the background, or hanging on a game hook in the garage. Natural is better. You'll appreciate those pictures in years to come when you can recall the natural surroundings.
2. Stage your downed quarry as best you can to make it look natural. For example, stuff any hanging tongue back inside the animal's mouth or remove it. Position the animal to appear poised, not spread eagled like it is on a butcher's slab. Cover or clean any blood areas and try not to show opened body cavity views.
3. Trim or clear any branches or debris between the camera and the animal. One reason is it will provide a clear picture of your trophy and two, if you're using an auto focus, it won't focus on any other item other than the item you are hoping to photograph.
4. Position the hunter(s) behind the animal and keep it respectful. If you choose to position the weapon in the clip, lean it to the side, not hanging in the antlers or in front of the head.
5. Positioning the hunter(s) a little behind the game, will give the impression that the game is bigger than reality. Fishermen have learned that practice by holding their arms out in front of them, making the fish look bigger than it is. Everything sizewise in the picture, is relative to how all other objects in the picture appear.
6. Before you pack up all your photography gear and head back to camp or home, review what pics you've taken (if you've used a digital camera) to ensure you've captured the shot(s) you want. You won't be able to retake those pics a week later after you download them onto the computer or get the film developed.
7. Use a photo precessing program to manipulate the pics you end up keeping in order to make them the best you can make. And save the modified pics as a separate file name. Keep the originals original for future rework.
Last edited by TBow; 03-20-2009 at 09:16 PM.