Randy Newberg, Hunter has the luxury of great talent helping him produce video and still images while out in the field. Very often hunters ask for advice about how to take better hunting photos. Hunters often expect their new equipment to be a shortcut from learning their gear and understanding the basics of photo composition and story telling.
In this video, Michael Parente, a production assistant in Randy’s crew, gives five helpful tips that will increase the quality of your field photos and improve your story telling ability with nothing more than the images you take n the field.
Posting Respectful Photos
Posting respectful photos that honor the hunt and the animal will get respect from hunters and non-hunters alike. As responsible hunters, it is our job to honor the game we were so fortunate to harvest. Here are some tips on how to take a respectable hunting photo:
- Avoid the dreaded dragging tongue. It simply isn’t a quality photo – shove that thing back in there.
- Don’t straddle the animal. This was an animal you were fortunate to harvest, it’s not a horse to ride.
- Don’t lay a rifle across the rack.
- Don’t sit too far back in the photo – We know a good photo is all about angles, but we also know you’re doing that to make the rack look bigger. Your buddies will call you out for it and non-hunters just think you’re being weird.
- Use your flash – even in broad daylight – to highlight shadows. Put the sun at your back. This will make sure you don’t end up with the dreaded dark spots in the photo and save you from having to explain how “cool” it looked in person.
- Get some of the landscape in the photo to show off the habitat that produced that bruiser.
- Make sure your weapon is unloaded, it’s not pointed at anyone in the photo and don’t take off your hunter orange. Safety is the ultimate priority. No matter what.
- Bonus point: Get Low – anytime you can get on the same level as the hunter on the ground, it will create a more realistic perspective.
Is there anything we left out or tips that you have for taking a great photo? Tell us below.
Make sure to share this with all of your buddies to spread the message on how to take a great hunting photo!