Hunting and Field Photography

Dan Braman

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Lately I have noticed so many hunting pictures on Facebook and 99% of them have one thing in common. They are terrible photos. I love that people are out hunting and being successful, however, I'd love it more if they would take the time to take a nice picture. I know that most people think that their cameras or cell phones can't compare to the big expensive cameras. Well, that is a true and false statement. Sure, if I take my Sony a99 with the appropriate lens, mix that with the countless hours of photography school, learning from other professionals, and patience I can usually do better then a point and shoot or cell phone camera. But, the typical every day digital camera or one that is on a cell phone can do much better then what I've been seeing.

  Here are some things I think people should do in order to make their images more appealing.

1) Patience: Plan to take time for pictures. In reality it can't possibly take any longer then fifteen minutes. So, unless your poaching that shouldn't hurt anything.

2) Clean all of the blood off of your subject. Make sure that the hair is brushed in a way that it isn't going in the opposite direction of all other hair. Clean blood around mouth and bullet/arrow entry/exit. Remove grass and dirty from hair. Cut the tongue off, that's better then hanging down past the jaw. Cut the grass in front of where the animal is lying.

3) Pay careful attention to background and lighting. Most everyone assumes that you need the sun behind you for a good picture. That's not necessarily true. If it works best that the sun is behind you remember to position yourself so that your shadow doesn't end up in the frame.

4) Composition- Each of these things is important but I feel like composition is the most important of all. You can do everything right up to this point and if you mess this up you still get a bad picture. Place the hunter near the animal so that at least one hand can touch the animal. There is nothing more annoying then someone sitting fifteen feet behind something trying to make it look big. Make sure that when the hunter is sitting that you're not staring a boot sole in the face. Have them in as close to a natural position as possible.  Make sure there is no camo behind the antlers (or tree limbs for that matter). Make sure  that if your holding the head of the animal your hands are not doing so in a way that covers important parts of the picture.

5) Last but not least when you are about to take the image, look all around the viewfinder. Don't get trapped looking at the animal or hunter. Look everywhere and position the subjects in different areas of the frame. See what looks best. Be mindful of limbs or trash that could be lying around. Take your photo and look at it. Take several more. Try different positions and try with and without a fill flash. Buy a reflector with a white and gold side. Bounce the light under hat brims to stop the unwanted shadows. You put a lot of time and money into your hunting adventures, fifteen minutes of photo patience is worth it.

Posted by Dan Braman under Articles, DBraman, Hunting on January 13, 14 09:46 AM | Permalink

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