Aside from the thrill of getting a trophy to mount on your wall, capturing great pictures is one of the many joys of the hunting experience. After all, you will not make your mark every time. However, shooting quality pictures will let you keep your best hunting memories alive. Nothing compares to how it feels to be out there in the wilderness alone or with your closest friends, but good photography will allow you to share your experience with others. Poor-quality pictures will never do justice to the experiences you have outdoors, making photography a must-have skill for hunters. Whether you want to tell a complete story with your hunting photography, or you simply want to get a perfect shot of you with your trophy, these tips from the team at Hunting-License.org will bring your photography skills to the next level.
#1 Perfect your basic photography skills. Behind any great picture is a photographer who knows about good subject matter, composition, lighting and focus. Before you can expect to take high-quality wildlife and hunting photos, it’s necessary to familiarize yourself with these basics. According to the experts at Hunting-License.org, proper exposure is the most important basic skill to master. Read your camera manual to learn how to adjust your settings to suit the natural lighting based on the time of day and type of weather.
#2 Try the rule of thirds. Imagine a grid dividing your shot into three equal parts, then center your subject. For a more creative shot, intentionally leave the subject off center to show more of the surrounding landscape.
#3 Get closer to your subject, if it’s safe to do so. Many photos could be improved if only the photographer were closer to his or her subject. While this might be a challenge with wildlife, the team at Hunting-License.org recommends taking close-up pictures of other things relating to your hunt, such as gear, animal tracks or plants. The combination of close-up and long-range shots will improve your collection of hunting photos as a whole.
#4 Photograph your hunting companions. If you hunt with other people, photographing them will help tell the whole story. Take pictures of your hunting friends preparing their gear, walking to their hunting spot or taking in the scenery.
#5 Capture the scenery in order to set the mood. Some of the best hunting photos do not have an animal in them at all. The team at Hunting-License.org says that some of your favorite photos may end up being shots of an unforgettable landscape instead. A benefit of having your camera out to take scenic pictures is that you never know when wildlife will step into your shot. With your camera in hand, you are ready to take advantage of these moments.
#6 Be patient andquiet. More than anyone, hunters know how difficult it is to approach an animal without startling it. The same skills you have acquired to be a good hunter apply to wildlife photography as well. Being patient and quiet will take you a long way with your hunting photography.
#7 Use different perspectives. Initially, it feels more natural to take a photo at your eye level without adjusting your stance. By moving to a different position, such as crouching below your subject or shooting at a unique angle, you can create an entirely different feel for your photograph.
#8 Take photos at different times of the day. You might not think to take out your camera first thing in the morning, but some of the best pictures are taken around dawn. At night, you may be too tired to think about taking more pictures. However, a shot of your campfire or campsite will make a memorable photograph.
#9 Experiment with telling a photographic story. Many photographers simply snap a picture here and there without thinking about the story it can tell. The team at Hunting-License.org recommends going beyond that. Enrich your hunting photography by capturing the entire trip from start to finish. Rather than focusing only on the final shot, where everyone hopefully has a trophy to show, photograph everything that happens beforehand as well.