Please note: this article is now a little out of date. Whilst much of the information is still relevant, my techniques, knowledge and equipment has imporoved so I intend to completely rewrite this guide in the near future, to bring it up-to-date. I continue to host this page mainly for archival reasons.
This year I have been forced to fish many sessions alone, which can be very frustrating when you catch a fish worth photographing, but with a few extra pieces of equipment you can still take good photographs of yourself and a fish. An easy way to still get a photo of your catch is to leave the fish in the landing net, and lay something beside it, such as your reel or scales, to give an idea of perspective. This can look really good, but there is a better way to photograph your own captures. On my Olympus cameras, there is a function which enables you to use an infra-red remote control to work the shutter. Gardner Tackle market a camera adaptor which screws into a bankstick, so that you don’t need to carry a tripod to mount your camera on. I mount this adaptor into a Pro-Logic quick-release bankstick adaptor so that I can set up my bankstick before I start fishing and simply unclip the camera and store it in my bag until it is needed.
Two self-taken photographs; one taken in the net, the other taken using the remote shutter-release
To set up my adjustable bankstick into the desired position, I first find a nearby tree, bush, rock, or anything else with texture. I kneel in front of it, taking note of any feature which lines up with the top of my head, such as a branch or flower. I then attach the camera to the bankstick and position it so that the feature is in shot, near the top of the frame. Making sure I also have enough width on the shot, I then screw in the bankstick and adjust its height accordingly. I then know that when I catch a fish, I can kneel in the same place and the fish and I will both be in shot. When I land a fish, I simply weigh it, grab my camera, clip it into the bankstick, pose and press the button on the remote control. The self-timer gives me three seconds to drop the remote and make any last adjustments to my pose, before it takes a photo. On the digital camera, I can view the photograph instantly and if I’m happy with the shot, the fish can be returned immediately.My equipment for photographing myself
I hope these tips help you take some better photographs of your catch. Most of what I have learned has been through my own trial and error. I hope this helps you avoid making these errors yourself, and having to live with a poor photograph of your prized specimen.
Below are a few examples of fishing photos going wrong! They should make you chuckle, if nothing else. If you think of any captions to go with each of them, I’d love to hear them!