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Tips for Taking Great Photos on Your Next Fishing Adventure

No fishing trip is complete without at least taking a few shots of the fish you catch or the beautiful scenery surrounding your journey on the water. Unfortunately, many amateur photographers don’t take the best shots, leading to less-than-stellar Instagram posts or pictures on the mantel.

We’re not just fishing experts at Phantom Tri-River Charters—we know a thing or two about taking some great fishing photos, too! Continue reading to learn how to take good pictures during a fishing trip.

Take photos with the sun behind you

Sunlight can be your number one enemy when you’re trying to take a good shot of your fish. To ensure the glare doesn’t hide the fine details and brilliant scales on your catch, take the shot with the sun behind your back. If possible, it’s not a bad idea to wait to take the shot when the sun passes behind a cloud that’ll block any direct sunlight.

Hold the fish firmly but gently

Properly holding the fish doesn’t necessarily make or break the photo, but keeping the fish safe is paramount if you’re releasing it back into the water. One of our tips for taking good photos while on a fishing charter is to hold the fish horizontally and avoid gripping its gills or fins.

Tell a story with the photos

It’s tempting to zoom in on the fish and the subject holding it, but that doesn’t always make for a great photo. Instead, take a step back to get a full shot of the fish, the subject and the beautiful scenery surrounding you. Setting the scene captures the moment and helps you relive the day each time you see the picture.

Avoid clutter in the photos

Less is more when it comes to taking a fishing photo. Another one of our tops tips for taking good photos while on a fishing charter is to avoid taking the picture near other objects. Make sure there isn’t any garbage, fishing gear or other items behind the subject that could distract from the photo’s beauty.

Follow the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the first lessons taught in any photography class. Imagine breaking your photo into thirds horizontally and vertically. Place elements of your photo along the lines or at the intersection points of the lines to create a visually stunning photo.

Keep your camera dry

Keeping your camera or smartphone clean and dry can be a challenge during your fishing trip, but it’s crucial if you want to take good photos. A dirty lens can ruin a photo by making everything seem blurry. Carry a microfiber cloth with you to dry and clean your lens before snapping a picture.

Book your next charter fishing trip today

Now that you’ve learned how to take good pictures during a fishing trip, it’s time to get out on the water and catch some fish! For the best fishing experience, book a charter with our team at Phantom Tri-River Charters. Regardless of your skill level, we’re dedicated to providing the best Alaskan fishing experience for all of our customers.