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Sneak Peek at May Issue Feature: Sport Fishing Photos Two Ways

Basic and Advanced Photography Techniques

Originally published in the 2014 May issue of BC Outdoors magazine

by Aaron Goodis and Tom Johannessen

Via Aaron Goodis
Via Aaron Goodis

It’s not often that two veteran angler/photographers work together on an article for the better of the reader but this is precisely what Aaron and I have done to help any level of photographer take a better photo. As for myself I will cover basic tips for getting a great photo with an inexpensive point and shoot camera and Aaron will share his talents for getting that prized shot with the use of a higher end DSLR camera. In the world of outdoor photography Aaron has made a name for himself for being one of the best in the industry.

…When it comes to maximizing your point and shoot’s true potential its truly advantageous to put pride in your pocket and actually read the manual. The most common settings on these cameras are the macro, red-eye reduction and scenery modes. These are perfect for everyday use, but be aware that the fill flash and stabilization modes work well too…

Via Aaron Goodis
Via Aaron Goodis

The composition is simply how you see the picture in front of your lens. You see a rectangular frame through the lens; put only what is necessary inside this frame and eliminate anything that does not need to be there. You will also need to decide whether you would like to shoot in a horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait) format. The best way is to look through the lens and decide what looks best to you, however, be sure to shoot both formats as its easy to get caught in one style too often.

There are a few common ideas about composition, first is the “rule of thirds”, based on splitting the frame into thirds using a grid to define the thirds within the frame. The idea is to place the key element of interest outside of the middle, around the spot that the grid lines cross. If your shooting a landscape, try to avoid placing the horizon dead center; think in thirds and break your shot into threes: foreground, middle, and background. This helps to achieve depth within the image…

To read the full feature article, pick up your copy of the 2014 March/April issue of BC Outdoors magazine on your local newsstand.

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