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Old 05-12-2009, 09:28 AM
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Question Taking Good Photograph of Panfish/Bass

Panfish and Bass are beautiful.
Only those who have seen them in live action could tell that.
Unfotunatey, they don't look too nice on photograph.
Bluegill seems to loose its yellow on belly and blue on gill.
Bass seems to loose its shine on emerald green.

Maybe, this kind of huge gap between what's caputred by naked eye and
camera lens happen over many species, but I think panfish and bass
appear too "bronzy" on photo.

Is there any secret to catpure the vivid color of these fish on camera?
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:43 AM
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Hi Neversink,

What camera are you using? There are tweaks that can be made to accent the colors of your fish. Let us know how you are taking the pictures. I bet Eric or some other photographer can help you get some good pictures.

Neversink, I say the above assuming you are not a professional photographer. If you are then I don't know what the answer is.

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Taken with a normal point and shoot digital camera. Beautiful coloration.
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To start with, don't put a fat guy (me) between the sun and the fish.

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And second, have the person taking the picture pay attention to how the sun is hitting the scales, and have them direct you on how to angle the fish to maximize the glimmer.

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Default Re: Taking Good Photograph of Panfish/Bass

Play with the light meter and try to not over-expose the pic. Also try to get a good closeup and don't worry about getting the whole fish in the frame.

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I just point and click a few pix then post the best out of those. heres is a few of my best pix fish wise. have plenty more but it only let me post 5
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Default Re: Taking Good Photograph of Panfish/Bass

what the heck heres a few more. all just point and click on the auto setting.
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Default Re: Taking Good Photograph of Panfish/Bass

I usually underexpose by 1 f-stop (I use exposure compensation on my point & shoot, and manual mode on my DSLR). A lot of my pics of fish come out washed out if I trust the metered setting.

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I've found a good digital will do color better. You can tweak it even more with good software once it's in the computor. I still use 35mm 200ASA most of the time. I like having the negative. I find that in low light film shows less background light than digital. One of my Navy buddies and I had a big Pike double once. His fish went on the last of my film and my fish went on his digital. The film looked like just before sunset and mine(less than two minutes later) looked like it was taken hours earlier. Although it does not bother me either way, there is a vast differance between film and digital. If you want the best color for the fish go with a good digital and get good editing software.
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Default Re: Taking Good Photograph of Panfish/Bass

Wow... Thanks for great response!
I didn't know that you can insert image on this forum.
Let me put my million dolloar fishing magazine cover photo:

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Do you see the difference between jdub's beautiful one and mine?
Mine shows yellow only on the edge of fish body and center part shows flat colors. Is this also because I picked the wrong angle?

There is also another problem. This one probably wins the Best Wildlife Photography of the Year:

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It's hard to position fish to receive the full sunlight without me getting in the way. Also, middle part of the fish is over exposed and details are gone.

1. Make sure that fish are getting light correctly
2. Care for scales on fish to make sure details are in focus
2. Use manual override. Set F-stop below to get the exposure right

Looking at my sample photograph, any more suggestions?
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