After days and weeks of preparation and sitting, you should be proud when you harvest an animal – whether it is the next world record whitetail buck or a nice big doe that will fill your freezer. However, the last thing you want is a bad picture to send to friends or post on your favorite social media outlet. As the old adage goes, a picture paints a thousand words. So, let’s take a look at a few basic rules to help you take better in-the-field photos.
The first step in taking better in-the-field photos is to make the animal look good. Clean up your harvest and make sure to hide the open body cavity as best you can. Once your harvest is cleaned up and in a good position you need to look at the composition of your picture.
When setting up the picture, it is important to get close to your subject. Many times you see a trophy photo and you see more of the scenery than the trophy itself. Remember, if you think you are close enough, get a little closer – whether that means zooming in your lens or walking closer to your subject.
Another important element to remember is that you do not have to center every picture! It makes a picture look more appealing to the eye if you offset it in some way. The rule of thirds is the best way to offset your picture. The rule of thirds works by dividing up your picture with three lines vertically and horizontally and placing the main subject at the intersections of the lines. When you do this, the picture becomes more pleasing to the eye and there is no doubt what you are supposed to be looking at in the picture.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you will have much better pictures to show off your trophy harvests this coming season. Good luck and remember to send us your pictures or post them on our social media sites this season.