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Capturing Your Catch: How to Photograph a Chartered Fishing Trip

Chartered Fish

Budding photographers want to get every shot, and the desire for the perfect picture becomes even stronger when you have a new opportunity for unique photos. A chartered fishing trip is that type of opportunity. Beautiful scenery, non-stop action, and the look of pride in a catch make great photographs.

While you want to get great pictures on a fishing trip, no one wants to be bogged down with heavy photography equipment or be in the way while they document the adventure. To prevent those missteps, here is some advice to help you get the best pictures with the least amount of gear and interruption.

Leave the Tripod at Home

A fishing boat is too busy for anyone to set up and carry around a tripod without being in the way. Instead, use your body like a tripod by holding your elbows close to the body or balancing them on your knees when kneeling. You should also keep your left hand under the camera lens to reduce movement.

Pull in and hold a breath just before depressing the shutter button. This reduces the movement of the body that occurs when breathing out. The slight movement could reduce the quality of the image. Depress the shutter firmly, but do so gently to avoid moving the camera.

A stabilization feature on a camera can help to reduce camera shake. However, it will not prevent the blur of moving objects. So if a fish is flapping back and forth during the photo, it could still be out of focus.

Prepare for Water

When you go on a fishing trip, you should almost always expect a risk of rain or to contend with spray from the ocean. Bring a soft cloth to wipe any droplets from your camera lens and a rain poncho to protect the camera when you have it around your neck but it's not in use. A plastic sandwich bag or a small trash bag with an opening for the end of the lens to poke through can keep the body of the camera dry in a heavy rain.

Always Be Prepared for a Shot

If you are using a DSLR camera and are still unfamiliar with the controls, consider using the autofocus option along with the sports mode. The setting allows continuous shooting without any blur during action shots. You want to be prepared to shoot any moments that may happen unexpectedly.

Use the AV mode for interesting candid photos during moments of less activity. When the camera is in AV mode, the aperture of the camera can be set as desired for more or less depth of field. The camera adjusts the shutter speed automatically to account for the lighting.

Be Creative

Clear, staged photos document a trip, but they leave out the excitement of the moment. Look for unique angles and interesting patterns and colors. Avoid centering subjects in the photo. Get close to the subject, so it is the star of the picture.

Lighting also plays a huge role, so look for ways to use it to your advantage. Bright, direct sunlight washes out details, so avoid it when possible. Try to keep the sun to the side so it does not create flares or force people to squint.

Minimize Equipment

Bring only the basic camera equipment to avoid feeling overloaded. For example, bring only the essential lenses. Most professional photographers prefer 35mm lenses for tight areas. A long lens is good for scenic photos or to capture aquatic life from a distance. And a 200-400 lens is usually stable enough to use without a tripod.

You should also carry an extra lens cap in case you lose one. Also bring a fresh memory card and a battery charger or fresh batteries.

At Carolina Princess, our charters guarantee that every photographer will have many opportunities for amazing photos. Our trips are exciting adventures in areas that are teeming with fish. Contact us to schedule a trip today.

Carolina Princess
604 Evans St.
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone: 800-682-3456