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.

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    • 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.


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

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