Photo-worthy in 5 Steps

You just landed a corker of a carp after a few weeks of blanking. You're overcome with excitement, and you find yourself in a scramble to locate your camera, weigh sling and scale. With everything set and the beast in your hands, your fishing-buddy snaps away. It all happens so quickly, and before you know it the beast swims free once again.

With your heart still pounding, you browse through the fresh photos. You're horrified to discover it ruined by empty bottles, rubbish bins and Oom Jan's trailer grabbing an awkward photobomb in the background. Your heart sinks when you realise you don't have the photo to match the fish. We've all been there!

Follow CarpFever’s five simple steps to ensure you're prepared next time you land a photo-worthy fish:

  1. Take a deep breath! Keep your catch in the water until you've had time to gather and prepare all your gear on the bank. This will give your catch some time to recuperate after the battle.

  2. Select a spot with a kick-ass background (this can be done when you arrive), keeping the position of the sun in mind and where the light (and shadows) will fall. Position your landing mat accordingly and have a bucket of water ready.

  3. Make sure that you remove all items that will spoil your image. Ask your fishing-buddy to do a quick ‘rehearsal’ snap to see if you are happy with the way it looks. Now it's time to get that corker on camera.

  4. Collect your catch and use the bucket of water to clean off any dirt – it is great for the fish, and he'll be glowing for the photograph. Pick your trophy up slowly and smile for the camera.
    NOTE: After its short rest, it might be a bit feisty – so be careful.

  5. Quickly check the photos to see if you are happy before you release your catch.

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    • CarpFever

      Hi Gerrit, that is a great question and almost a series of articles in itself. I will elaborate more about this in future. But, let me try to explain in short. Firstly, the Nikon P90 is a bridge camera, which means that you have a fixed lens on your camera, and you can’t remove your lens to add another lens. There are two ways you can tackle your debacle – use your camera’s auto features or do it manually, the latter being a little trickier. The easiest (not the best) is to change your camera’s mode dial to its automatic setting (green camera icon), allowing your flash to pop up – and then just use autofocus to shoot. The manual option, on the other hand, is best. Simply follow these steps as guidance:

      1. You need to shoot at a low aperture, between f/2.8 to f/5.
      2. Use your on-camera flash.
      3. Your shutter speed needs to be slow, no less than 1/45 of a second to prevent camera shake – keep your camera really-really still. A tripod will be ideal for this situation.
      4. If you can’t achieve the desired effects with the first three suggestion, set your ISO to a higher setting – about 800 ISO or more.

      Unfortunately, you will have to experiment with these settings to find what works for you and your camera as every situation differs.

      A good trick, which I like to use myself sometimes, is to shine some additional light on the subject with a torch or a headlight. This technique works well with my DSLR, and it could work for you as well.

      Nikon P90 cameras aren’t ideal for low light conditions, and your photos might contain quite a bit of noise when you increase the ISO, reason for it being my last suggestion. I hope that this was of some help. Please keep checking for new ‘fishography’ articles on a regular basis to help improve your photography. I will write a more detailed article on basic camera terminology soon, explaining things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc.

      Hope to hear from you again soon and keep on practising.

      Christelle Grobler

      • Hallo Christelle Grobler

        Just wanted to thank you very much for the info that you sent. I was most helpfull.

        Will play with the camera and send some night time photographs for you guys to see.


        • CarpFever

          So happy you found the content useful Gerrit – looking forward to those photographs! Christelle

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