by American Hunter Staff - Monday, October 31, 2016
• Start with a clean lens. Use a cleaning cloth to remove fingerprints, dirt and dust.
• Lighting: Dawn and dusk are best. The sun should be at the photographer’s back. Wait for cloud cover during midday sun or use the flash to distribute light evenly.
• Use a tripod or rock. A stable camera will take a sharper image.
• Make sure the animal looks respectable. Wipe off excessive blood, hide the tongue on big game and position your animal with photos in mind (tuck the legs, spread a wing or fan).
• Take photos in the field, not on your tailgate.
• Utilize the “Rule of Thirds.” Imagine dividing your photo into thirds horizontally and vertically. The imaginary lines intersect at four points; this is where the subject or focal point of the photo should be.
• Photograph from eye level or lower. Avoid “busy” backgrounds.
• Keep the camera rolling. Digital images cost nothing, so take a few more. You might surprise yourself.
• Most important: Be it a smart phone or DSLR, learn your camera and its functions!
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