Capture the Moment
There’s no question that thanks to the cellphone, more people are taking pictures than ever before. That said, photography is still just that and the basics of a good image haven’t changed. I think you’ll agree that capturing the moment still rates first on anyone’s list. How many times have you looked at something and thought, “Wow, that would make a great picture.” It is important at that very moment to get out your camera, cellphone, GoPro, iPad, or whatever and take the picture!
With the software we have today you can fix or edit your digital images in your cellphone, camera or at home on your computer. Sharing your images with your friends or family has never been easier and making prints is easy with apps like FreePrints and others. And, you can shoot great video on you cellphone too. Most of us don’t take advantage of some of the options our cellphones offer for photos and video — portrait, square, pano, light settings, focus lock, zoom, slo-mo, etc. Just take a look at YouTube and you’ll see videos on just about any subject that comes to mind. Want to learn how to tie Cathy’s Super Bugger? Go to YouTube and we’ll show you. That old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words still rings true. We live in a visual world and imagery opens up the world to us and others.
Here’s some helpful hints on taking a better photograph:
1. Capture the image. Take the shot.
2. Composition. If there’s time think about how you want the picture to look. Is it best as a vertical or horizontal? Not sure? Shoot both and you can delete what you don’t like.
3. Horizons. Keep the horizon straight.
4. Use the light. There are times when the light is simply magical, early morning sunrises, sunsets, fog, storms coming in, unusual cloud formations, a rainbow after a storm, photography will give you a better appreciation of the quality of light.
#5. Shoot more. It’s easy to delete unwanted images but beware that you don’t delete the good ones. There are many mistakes (like crooked horizons) that can be corrected with editing programs.
6. Know your device. Learn the features of your camera, take advantage of the great online tutorials. Perhaps the best tool is experience, play with the features and settings and get to know what you can do and how to get different affects so you can be ready when the opportunity comes along.
Shoot shoot shoot — your kids, your fishing friends, landscapes, animals. Mix it up, pay attention that your subject is not squinting, watch for shadows on the face from a hat brim. Turn him around, take off the hat, learn to use fill flash. Don’t ask your angler to reach out to the camera with the fish, it might make the fish look larger, but it distorts the image. Be aware of what makes a good photo and plan accordingly. Don’t hesitate to ask your subjects to reposition, move into the shade or out into the light, turn to face the light. In the end they may be glad you asked when they see the resulting photo.
Have fun with your photography and enjoy making memories.
Cathy and Barry
Google Maxine McCormick and you'll see her all over the internet. Now 15, Maxine is the youngest world champion in fly casting history. At age 12, she won the women's World Casting Championship in fly-fishing. She is America's No. 1 female caster.
She's the girl next door and she's refreshing and I bet she's fun to be with. Maybe you've heard of her, her name comes up often in fly fishing circles. She's cute and she's amazing to watch.
For the Fly Tiers
Leave it to Tim Flagler to come up with a cleaver way to deal with loose hanks of tying materials like Krystal Flash and Flashabou. Like they say, you learn something new everyday! Thanks Tim and MidCurrent for sharing this great idea.