Learning to take fish pics by myself!

mtboiler

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My friend suggested, after telling me my pics suck, to set my phone on a rock or stump and record a video. you can keep the fish wet for the entire time until you pick it up. so I went social distancing to try it out hoping to catch a photo worthy fish. fortunately caught some fish to practice on. takes seconds and works great.

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Nice fish!

I typically save the grip and grin photos for times when I have a fishing partner. It’s just a lot of work to net the fish, set up the camera, and try to get focus, lighting and everything right. I’ll generally just snap a few quick pics of the fish in the net or in the water. Less stress on me and the fish!

That being said, I did pick up one of these little tripods on amazon for about $6 just in case the situation arises.



It’s pretty lightweight, cheap, and easy to set up.

Cheers.
 

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I'll admit to being a bit of a luddite and carry a waterproof little camera. I also fish alone unless hired by someone and so have mastered the one hand fish picture.



I know who's hand that is and what it was holding but sometimes I get the whole thing.



Sometimes I'm not sure that I would have better images even if there would have been help.



You can probably do the same with a phone, camera with one hand and fish with the other. The net makes it simple for me and I got used to seeing it in the images.

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Thanks Andy :)

I was thinking that I should have said that I wasn't trying to be the show off by posting those........... My problem with seeing myself in the pictures is that I always look like some dork holding a fish. I've never seen one with me in it that I liked. To go further on reasons for doing them the way I do it's my size, physical size I mean. I'm so large a person that even a 30 pound salmon looks like a 15 with me holding it so I had to find a way to highlight the fish and diminish my presence down to only a hand or wrist.

Here is a perfect example of me trying to do a hold the fish photo with a nice rainbow trout.



There were people with me when that fiasco went down but that led to my having a lot of shots like this one...



Boy oh boy I remember that one, that was a big boy! That fly is one of those 4" long Bunny Fur Sculpins I used to swear by. It's just so much easier for both the fish and myself when I keep it simple.



That was just a quick scoop it from the net shot but anyone viewing can get the idea that it was a nice trout. Trying to put my camera somewhere so I could strike a pose would just put me (the dorky guy) back in the pictures. I hope you'll give the low level fish in the water shots a whirl and that you like the results as much as I do :)
 

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Thanks Andy :)

I was thinking that I should have said that I wasn't trying to be the show off by posting those........... My problem with seeing myself in the pictures is that I always look like some dork holding a fish. I've never seen one with me in it that I liked. To go further on reasons for doing them the way I do it's my size, physical size I mean. I'm so large a person that even a 30 pound salmon looks like a 15 with me holding it so I had to find a way to highlight the fish and diminish my presence down to only a hand or wrist.

Here is a perfect example of me trying to do a hold the fish photo with a nice rainbow trout.



There were people with me when that fiasco went down but that led to my having a lot of shots like this one...



Boy oh boy I remember that one, that was a big boy! That fly is one of those 4" long Bunny Fur Sculpins I used to swear by. It's just so much easier for both the fish and myself when I keep it simple.



That was just a quick scoop it from the net shot but anyone viewing can get the idea that it was a nice trout. Trying to put my camera somewhere so I could strike a pose would just put me (the dorky guy) back in the pictures. I hope you'll give the low level fish in the water shots a whirl and that you like the results as much as I do :)

I use the same technique as Ard and our pictures look similar. I mostly float tube fish solo and just try to get a picture of the whole fish just above the water line or 2/3 above the water line. The bigger the fish the harder it is and I botched a few large ones and got a splash picture as it was released.
If I have a net I take a couple in the net before I unhook the fly but those pictures suck in my mind.
I really like the under water pictures people are doing of just the fish and would like to master that.

Rob
 

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Skip the pic. Just put 'em back. Having to have a picture is really just one step removed from bonking the thing and taking it home to show people what you caught.
 
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