3 Super Easy Tips To Help Capture More Amazing Fishing Moments On Film.
By: Luke Simonds on March 10, 2016
If you’re an avid angler, you surely have thousands of special moments stored in your memory from your fishing adventures.
These special memories could have been due to a huge catch, a unique catch, or an endless amount of special moments involving others such as helping a friend or family member land the greatest catch of their lives…
And these memories are of course priceless given that they will last a lifetime.
The only downside is that the best special moments are difficult to capture on film while fishing (because you usually have a fishing rod in your hand, and not everyone can afford to travel with a professional photographer)…
But with the cool technology that is available to us today, the amount of special moments that can be captured during fishing adventures are skyrocketing, not to mention, it’s becoming incredibly more affordable.
So I wanted to share the 3 breakthroughs that I’ve personally experienced over the past few years that have allowed me to get much better at capturing special moments while out on the water (without breaking the bank)…
Here are the 3 categories I’ll address in this article:
- Still shot pictures out on the water
- Video shots
- Getting awesome action pictures
Note: Please know that I am by no means a photographer and have a very limited ability in editing photographs or working high-tech camera equipment, so this is going to only discuss easy tips that non-tech people like me can do.
Still Shot Pictures Out On The Water
While growing up, I absolutely hated having my picture taken. I’d dodge it all times possible, and I most certainly never carried a camera with me.
And now I’m honestly kind of bummed because I have very few pictures of me doing what I loved as a young kid.
Of course, these days we all carry around a camera on our phones that is nicer than pretty much any 35mm camera 20 years ago…
But the problem is many anglers (like myself) hate having to keep taking their phone out for fear of getting wet or falling in the water (or the livewell – don’t ask me how I know)…
So this first breakthrough that I had was to use a cheap trick to waterproof my phone (and even give it a little bit of floating protection).
As you know, there are plenty of options for waterproofing your phone, and the video below describes on option that only costs about 25 cents…
Easy & Affordable Way To Waterproof Your Phone
So Tip #1 is to always take a camera while out on the water… and make sure to protect it from getting wet.
Video Shots Of Fishing Adventures
Although still shot pictures are great at capturing special moments, videos of course, do a much better job since they capture every second of the experience… including the sights and the sounds!
And there has never been so many options for non-tech anglers like me to effectively capture fishing adventures without breaking the bank or having to take a college course to learn how to operate special equipment.
Until I finally hopped off the fence and bought my first GoPro, I didn’t realize how much fun it would be to capture fishing adventures on film… nor how easy it actually is to do it all.
But I quickly realized how much more powerful a video feed is compared to basic single shot cameras on my first trip after getting the GoPro… lobster diving in the Keys.
Lobster diving has always been one of my favorite activities because it’s great exercise, there are so many fish to see while doing it, and putting some lobster tails on the grill always makes for a delicious treat.
But although my brother and I have done it for years, many of my friends didn’t really understand exactly what was involved with lobster diving, and the basic single shot pictures simply don’t do it any justice.
So I ended up getting a head mount for my GoPro so I could have both hands free to catch lobster while still being able to film what was going on…
And the resulting footage from that first trip was an absolute thrill to re-watch and share with others.
Best of all, I even got footage of a flounder that I caught in the lobster net that got a lot of laughs that night while sharing stories from the day (the flounder catch in the lobster net can be seen at the 2:05 mark in the video below):
Here’s one of the first videos I ever filmed during a fishing adventure… and it’s one of my favorites:
So Tip #2 is to get a camera that records video and can be mounted to a headband or hat.
And it doesn’t have to be a top of the line model… anything is better than nothing.
Note: The lobster footage above was shot with a GoPro Hero 3, and I now use the Hero 4.
Here’s some head-cam footage from the GoPro 4 so you can see how clear it is.
How To Get Awesome Action Pictures
I struggled for many years in getting cool action shots of fish jumping with my original cameras…
Either the shutter speed was too slow, or I’d simply not have the camera ready when the best jumps occurred.
But that all changed when I got a GoPro.
And the best surprise benefit that I found to having a video recorder is that the frames are so clear that getting the perfect shot is just an easy screen shot away.
In fact, the top picture on this post of the tarpon jumping was simply a screen shot that I pulled from the video file directly from the GoPro’s card.
You can see the exact frame at the 0:51 second mark in this video:
And I had struggled to get a good picture of a jumping fish for many years, so finding that snagging pictures from video feeds was so easy and effective was a great surprise bonus in having the video feed to enjoy too.
Tip #3: Pull cool action shots from video recordings
Note: This of course can be done with any recording device, and there are a ton of free ways to pluck a video frame into a picture file… I personally use a free app called Skitch.
Fishing is more than just fishing… it’s about experiencing special moments that will last a lifetime.
And capturing the special moments in video or picture format is an important aspect of fishing because it allows us to share the experiences with friends and family for years afterward.
So make sure to pack a camera with you for future adventures out on the water because you never know when the moment of a lifetime will occur.
And I highly recommend getting a camera that can record your full experiences out there because it allows for so many special moments to be captured and vividly relived for years to come.
Plus, the added bonus is that video footage allows for that perfect action shot image to be a screenshot away.
And if you get a GoPro, then I highly recommend getting the head mount accessory because it allows for you to capture everything that you see without impeding your fishing.
Note: The only other item you’ll need after buying the GoPro is a memory card that can range anywhere from $30 to $100 depending on size/speed… I use SanDisk micro SD cards (Pixtor) that holds 64 GB (roughly $60 when on special… a google search will pull up some good deals).
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