In recognition of the dubious quality of my fishing, I have bought my first “real” camera to raise my standards. I tested the camera on a morning trip to Kastellet on a Sunday summer morning.
Shooting the perfect fishing photo is hard. Many aspects have to be taken into consideration. When you have found the perfect motive, then you need to think about light, background, contrast and much more. And if you are photographing yourself with a fish, then it is even harder. Especially if it needs to be released fast, as they always should be.
Now shooting photos with a smartphone is the easy way to do it. You need absolutely no knowledge about basic principles of photography. All you need to do is press the button, and the phone will automatically choose the settings it thinks are the best. The downside to this, is of course that there are limitations of, how much you can experiment with aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more. In recognition hereof, I decided to get a decent camera.
I talked to a friend of mine who is a skilled photographer, and explained what I wanted to use it for and my budget. He recommended an aperture down to 1.8, which is important when I want to shoot catch photos, where the fish really stands out sharply, and the background is not in focus. Also a focal length about 35 mm and the highest possible ISO was parameters, that he said, I should look into the. Finally it should be able to transfer photos via wifi to my smartphone so I could upload them easily on social media etc.
After a bit of research, I decided to go for a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. This compact camera lives up to my needs, and was surprisingly affordable, costing only 3.300 DKK.
After a few initial experiments in the local park, then I brought the camera with me on the first fishing trip to the Kastellet moat this weekend. Here are some of the photos I shot.
I feel ok about these first attempts, and I am especially happy about the scene selection function, which makes it easy to choose a fitting mode fast. Now I just look forward to using the camera a lot in the autumn season, and shooting a bunch of great catch photos of myself and the other guides here in Fishing Copenhagen. Stay tuned on this site, and if you have a tip or two, on how I improve my fishing photo skills, let me know in the comments.
Tight lines / Anders