Taking Photos in the Field

By: Joe Mannino, Director of First Impressions/Resident Photographer

As a hunter and photography teacher, I am constantly looking at, and dissecting images. Unfortunately, I tend to be a bit critical, and I find that most of the photographs that make their way onto Instagram fall a bit short of greatness and land within the mediocre category. Now, photography is very subjective, and everyone expresses themselves differently however, I thought I would share some of the things I do to get the most out of my images.

Whether you find yourself sitting on a ridge watching a gorgeous sunset or snapping that grip and grin with your buck of a lifetime, we all want to be able to capture those special moments to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, getting that perfect shot can be challenging sometimes. Not all of us can afford expensive camera equipment or have the time or patience to learn the ins and outs of exposure control.

Fortunately, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a smartphone or an expensive DSLR, there are several things you can do to increase the quality of your photos. In fact, a lot of the problems I see can be fixed simply by changing the composition or making some slight adjustments with editing apps or software.

In my opinion a good photograph is made up of 3 components: composition, lighting, and subject matter. Consider all three components when framing your image. You’ll find you’re a lot better off than if you focus on just what you’re taking a picture of.

Keep checking back with us as I will go over everything from basic smartphone tips and tricks, how to get the most out of your DSLR, as well as some photo editing apps and programs to take your images to the next level.

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