I remember the uncontrollable shakes and fist pump when I finally watched my arrow pass through the heart of my first buck. He may have not been a mature deer (a basket rack in fact) but he was a trophy in my eyes. All the hours spent in the stand waiting for that one moment and to finally have it all align was truly special and will never be forgotten from memory. However on that day it was particularly sunny out and the only way our cheap point and shoot camera would see my ugly mug was if I was squinting into the sun which made for very attractive photos (sarcasm).
Now a days grip and grin photos seem to be common across the hunting industry. While I believe in documenting the pursuit and adventure before the kill, many don’t take the time . So I decided to at least help make your grip and grins a little bit better so your trophy can be remembered by many. Whether it’s an Eastern Turkey from Wisconsin or a Tar from New Zealand, these tips will aide in sharing your memory with your friends and family. There are ways to beat the sun when it comes to daytime trophy photos, here are a few.
If you were able to bag that buck or bull in the woods take advantage of it! Find a shady spot and take your pictures making sure you have a darker background so you don’t have a washed out look in your photo. Once you find your spot, look at the characteristics of the animal that are unique and compose your shot accordingly. If possible, try to keep both the hunter and the animal at the same distance from you so both remain in focus for the picture.
Now if you are singing wide open spaces with no shade in sight there are a few options to combat the sun.
The first and most cost effective option is picking up a piece of white foam core board (under $5) from your local store. The foam core is used to bounce sunlight thus illuminating the hunter’s face, letting you get rid of the shadows created by hats or weird lighting. However I would not recommend putting the sun at your back with this option due to the foam core usually isn’t bright enough to fight the sun.
If you are willing to spend a few more dollars, your best bet is to pick up a reflector off of Amazon.com (Around $30).
These photography reflectors are collapsible and come with multiple sides such as a White bounce-like the foam core, silver reflector-which is more powerful, gold reflector-used to make a warmer tone, etc. These will offer some better options depending on your situation and are used by many photographers across the world to combat shadows. I suggest that you take an hour sometime before hunting season and play around with the reflector. Have your kids pose with the dog in the backyard and manipulate light with the reflector until you get the results you want.
So whether it’s an Osceola turkey in Florida or a Mule deer in Idaho, take your trophy photos to the next level with these photography tools. After all, you may remember the hunt like it was yesterday but others struggle making that connection. Help them paint that picture with the candid’s from your last adventure.
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