12 Tips for Taking Awesome Fishing Photos

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

Want to take better fly fishing photos?

Just the other day one our Facebook followers asked if I would post some tips for taking better fishing photos. I’ve written a good bit on the subject, but the articles are scattered across the site. I thought this would be a great opportunity to put together one source for some of my best photography tips and tricks.

So here it is, 12 tips that will make your fishing photos rock!


Holding Fish For Photos

The first step in getting a great shot of a fish is knowing how to hold it properly. I am constantly amazed how many anglers don’t know how to hold a fish for a photo, but to be fair, Kent and I have had a lot of practice and we have it down to a science. Here’s an article from each of us on the subject.

Hold That Fish


4 Tips For Getting A Better Picture Of Your Trophy


What if you’re fishing alone when you catch the fish of a lifetime?

No problem. Here’s an article that will give you plenty of options for getting a great shot.

Getting The Hero Shot When You’re Fishing Solo


Great photos start the basics.

It doesn’t get more basic, or more important, than a stable grip on the camera. Here’s all you need to know.

Camera Grip


What’s in a file?

Digital photography offers photographers some pretty amazing options for producing images with a unique look and feel. To get the most out of you DSLR you need to take advantage of the RAW file format. Here’s the scoop.

Shoot RAW Files


What’s an ISO?

The look of your images has everything to do with how you set up your camera. Choosing the right ISO is a step to many people skip or just don’t understand. Get it right.



Its OK to shoot in Auto!

Too many people think you can’t take great photos with your camera set on automatic. You can and I do it all the time. There are just a few things you need to know. Why make it harder than it needs to be. Get the most out of auto.

The Myth Of Manual


Feeling a little fuzzy?

Every photographer needs to know how to adapt to changing light. Here are some tricks to help you get better photos when the fishing is at its best.

Getting Sharper Photos In Low Light


Want to try something cool?

Fill flash yields a dramatic look. It’s technical, but with the right info you can get great results. Here’s what you need to know.

Fill Flash For Cooler Photos


Get it all sharp

Great photographers are masters of depth of field. Here’s an article that will help you get it sharp where you want it.

Hyperfocal Focus


Capture the action!

Freezing the action of fly fishing makes for dramatic photos. It’s all about light and shutter speed. Here’s what you need to know to stop time.

Shutter Speed For Freezing Action


Make truly powerful photographs.

Here’s where we get right down to it. That illusive something that makes a truly great photo. Master these three things and you will be more than a pro, you’ll be an artist.

Light, Composition and Action


Get out there and put these tips to work. It will be time for the annual G&G photo contest before you know it and I’ll be expecting some great work from you guys this year. Get snapping!

Louis Cahill
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5 thoughts on “12 Tips for Taking Awesome Fishing Photos

  1. Thank you for the wealth of information from basic to advanced. We have had a couple programs on this topic over the years at our local Trout Unlimited meetings with knowledgeable folks helping our members understand composition, execution, and fish safety. Photography is a very important topic for our members in order to record the memory of a special fish while successfully protecting the fish for release.

    I have a couple things I think are important. If possible, the photo should record not only the fish but the setting, especially because much of our fishing is in beautiful places. Also, sometimes pics of a person fishing and not the hero shot are most memorable, as we have seen with your many mag covers and TU calendar pics. I especially want pics of my grandkids fishing, which my wife likes much better than more fish pics.

  2. I wonder how many anglers take trophy shots. There was a time when fish were caught and released without any kind of hero photo being taken. I like that idea better. That way, every time I tell the story of my trip to friends, the fish can grow (just a little).

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