For many anglers, there’s nothing worse than catching a massive fish only to look at the photos and it ends up looking undersized! Who’s going to believe you now? A good fish photo isn’t just about making the fish look as large as possible however. A good fish photo is a form of photography, where many factors come into play to make an image as eye catching and stunning as possible. Here’s our top 5 tips for the best fish photos.

  1. Lighting

Lighting is quite an important part of a good photo, often overlooked. The best lighting for a fish photo is to have the light shining on you and the fish. If the light is behind you, it will brighten up the background too much and make both you and the fish too dark and hard to see. With the light shining on you, all of the shadows are filled in by the light and it makes a far more attractive photo. Lighting in the early morning or evening is always nice too, with a hint of glow from a sunrise/sunset.

  1. Dirt/Blood

A clean fish, fresh out of the water, is always far nicer than a fish covered in dirt or blood, or a dead stiff one. You’ll often see it on facebook, especially guys fishing on the Murray; a big carp dropped and rolled in dirt, with complimentary blood. Tuna are another fish which often get covered in blood for a photo. It’s not an attractive look, and horrible for the fish if you want to release it. All it takes is a wet rag to get the blood off, or simply to wash off in the water. Even better, keep the fish in the water until you’re ready for a photo. The fish will look far cleaner and more lively, equalling a better photo.

  1. Background

A clean, uncluttered background is best, especially when your fishing environment is included. Sky, trees, an ocean, cliffs etc. If you’re in the boat and want a good pic, take 10 seconds to tidy the boat up. You’ll be glad you did when you see how much cleaner the image is!

  1. Smile!

Pretty self explanatory; say cheese! Let everyone know you’re happy to catch that fish.

  1. Holding the fish

Holding the fish properly is something that some are good at, but others need a fair bit of practise. It’s something that takes a bit of trial and error. Keeping your hands and fingers out of the main frame, holding the fish so it can all be seen without tails hidden, knowing how high to hold it up; there’s a lot that goes into it!