This year we are starting a program to help record Club events and member activities. Through the use of photos we want to help create a visual history of the people and the functions that make up the Flycasters. These photos will be included in the Club’s Annual End of the Year Slideshow and some will even make it onto the Club’s web pages. We will be looking for members that are willing to use their cameras to take pictures of other members and of the fishout activities. This is in addition to having an official club photographer, who will be shooting more photos.
If you are reading this then you may be interested help us out. This is intended to give you some guidelines as to what we are looking for in photos. Please select the 'read more' tab for more information.
We want not only pictures of fish, but also of people, scenery, activities and anything else that is interesting that goes to make up part of the fishout experience. We want a photo record of the fishout to bring back to show other club members. Some examples are;
Fish and the fisherman (of course)
Members casting, wading, playing a fish, float tubing, etc....
Gatherings at meals (dinners, lunches, breakfasts)
The group preparing the food
Scenery (with and without fisherman)
Someone at the nightly tying table
Equipment shots (a half dozen rods lined up while everyone is putting their waders on)
So, you can see we want more than just fish.
Here are some tips for better photos.
As you take any picture look through the viewfinder and really look at what you are shooting. Is the subject a prominent part of the view? Do you really want what you see in the corners of the view? Where is the sun or light source? Is their face shaded and dark compared to everything else? What else is in the picture?
If you are shooting a fisherman with a fish, get close. They should fill about half of the view. Have them turn facing into the sun and tip their hat back to get shadows off their face. When shooting someone playing a fish, get close enough to make them a definite part of the view. You want the action, not the scenery.
Shooting scenery. Find an interesting subject and try to add depth by framing the shot with something close in. If you are shooting scenery with a fisherman in the foreground, stay back. If you are shooting a fisherman with some scenery behind him, get closer. Don’t forget sunrises and sunsets, they make beautiful changes of pace in a photo display. Try to shoot mountains with the sun low in the sky and on their face.
Group shots. Always try to get as many people facing you as possible. Backs of old fishermen are not interesting! Try to include in the view something to help explain why they are grouped; meals, getting ready to fish, gathering at the fire at night, listening to a member talk about the big one that got away (we could fill an album with just those shots), or just hanging out. Again, pay attention to the light and shade. Get close enough that faces are recognizable.
Individual photos. If you are shooting a member doing something involved, like tying flies, get in close to fill the viewfinder with them and the action. If you are just shooting a picture of them, use the portrait approach. Most portraits only show the subject from the middle of the chest up. If you are seeing their belt you are back to far.
Diversify! Don’t shoot a lot of the same subjects. Make an effort to get different members in your shots. If you fish with a partner or two and you get them fishing, shoot others at the group shots.
And lastly, please try to make at least a mental note as to who, when, what and where are included in your pictures. We will want to identify them after the photos get developed. If you can, write down a quick description when you take the picture; size of fish, type of fly, type of fish, location of scenery, etc...
When you return from the fishout get the photos to either myself or the current Club Historian.
Thanks for you help in recording the fishouts and the member history.
Bob Shoberg, Club Historian