Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Shoot Your Heritage: Taking Photos in the Field
by Heritage Hunters Staff
We’re not ones to criticize any hunting related photo, regardless of where or how, it’s taken (ie; back of a pick-up or hanging in the garage). We figure it’s all part of the hunting heritage so our hats are off to all of you that snap those pictures during your seasons. However, we’ve been asked from time to time about what to consider when taking a photo in the field. As a result, we thought we would compile some pointers on taking good quality photos of your hunting heritage.
The Setting: Whether you’re taking a game photo with the animal in the shot or you’re just capturing a shot to remember the day afield, you’ll need to consider the background of your picture. We’re not telling you to forget the pick-up and garage photos, by no means! On the contrary, snap those candids too. However, you’ll generally want a nice picture simulating the area you made the shot or recovered the animal. In which direction is the Sun? Do I want the shot up hill or down? Do I want the stand in the background? and Do I want to reposition the animal? are a few of the questions you should ask yourself.
Cameras: The general rule of thumb is that the higher the megapixels a camera has, the higher picture quality you’ll get. There are an array of cameras out there that produce fantastic quality shots for around $100. Think about it, is it worth spending a $100 for a camera to capture not only your hunting heritage, but that of your buddies as well? These cameras are small enough to put in a pocket or pack if you’re worried about weather proofing, stick it in a zip-lock bag.
Lighting and Flash: Give some thought to the Sun. If you have it, work with it. A general rule is that the subject in your photo should be facing the light source but be careful of shadows. If you’ve got a ball cap on, we still want to see your face instead of a dark shadow. Use the flash on cloudy days to fill in those shadows caused by your clothing.
Digital Means “Shoot, shoot, shoot!”: Today’s digital Cameras, equipped with LCD Screen allow you to not only see the picture your just took, the media card memory in the camera can store 1000′s of pictures. Why not take more pictures now and sort them out or delete some later? You may get home and decide that some look better than they did in the field. Be sure to take the close ups as well as the wide shots, both at various angles. We’ve been in that situation before and even though we’re tired, we’d rather spend the time taking various photos in the field, than to wish we had later.
Keep an Album: Once the season is over, take the media card to your local photo place and print out your favorites. After just a few years, you’ll have a blast looking through the album. Better yet, start one for your hunting buddies and give it as a gift. It’s a great way to preserve your hunting heritage and watch it evolve at the same time.
A great program for creating a sophisticated slideshow of your field photos is the Campbell Outdoor Challenge DVD Slideshow Software. This program allows you to drop your photos easily into the program’s interface and customize a slideshow incorporating music, titles and a host of effects. After your slideshow is complete, simply save it and burn to a DVD to enjoy over and over with friends and family. The best part about this program is that it was created by hunters for this very purpose and contains many outdoor related effects. For an initial investment of $60, you can enjoy your hunting heritage in pictures on the big screen for years to come. This program, as well as the DVDs you’ll be able to create with it, are truly the gifts that keep on giving!
For more information on the Campbell Outdoor Challenge DVD Slideshow: https://www.campbellcameras.com/p-408-campbell-outdoor-challenge-dvd-slideshow-software.aspx