Photography

 

So many cameras to choose from but where do we start?  I became interested in photography a few years ago and have been luckily enough over the years to take a few amazing pictures. I see so many people spending fortunes on tackle but then either have very cheap and nasty cameras not up to the job or no camera whatsoever. Imagine catching the fish of a life time and not even having a camera to get a decent photo.

 

Personally I think it has never been all about the camera. It's always been about seeing something and knowing how you want it to look.

Anyone can take a picture, it does not always come down to the camera but it does take someone with a good eye to detail to focus and imagine how it will look on a real photo before the shot is taken.

The main thing to remember is to have fully charged batteries and an empty flash card. There is nothing worse than going to take a shot and finding that the card is full of shots you don’t really want to lose or worse still, the camera will not turn on as it has no battery power.

When taking a shot choose the background wisely as this can distract from the final image you are taking.

If you are taking serious nature shots, especially near water, polarising filters are a must.

 

Firstly I will talk about cameras, my personal choices, best for use when fishing. From as far back as I can remember, my first camera was a cheap black kodac film camera. I managed a few good pictures and would then always take the film into the shop for processing.  How times change with technology moving on. My first real half decent camera was a Canon A80 Powershot, costing me around £180 at the time brand new from Jessops. This was an excellent camera for not only taking fishing photos but also family and everyday shots. It was particularly good for fishing as it had an inbuilt timer also a screen which you could flip out and twist right round facing the other way. This allowed me to set the camera up on a tripod or bank stick,  set the timer and still see myself in the flip out screen, this made taking perfect pictures very easy. The camera lasted me quite a good few years before the battery cover cracked during an accidental drop on the floor. After it dropped the image in the viewfinder started going a bit fuzzy on the small LCD screen.  I then upgraded to the next model the Canon Powershot A95. I managed to buy a good second hand model from Ebay for £52. I am still using this camera and it is still taking very good shots.

 

See below pic of the A95 Powershot:-

 

 

 

You can buy a bank stick adaptor for around £5 off Ebay which allows you to screw your camera onto a bank stick. Very cheap and handy to have.

See pic below:-

 

 

So for recommendation of a camera to use whilst fishing I would have to say any of the Canon Powershot models which have the timer and flip out screen. The G5 and G7 models are also very nice with higher megapixel but a bit more pricy.

 

Digital SLR’s

 

Fishing and photography compliment each other very well. I have many a time took my best camera along whilst doing a reccy on a new fishery and managed to get some nice shots of fish feeding and nice swims to fish . Dawn and dusk are very good times to get some stunning shots by the water with the sky being all different colours. I have previously owned a Canon EOS 400D which was a great SLR camera for being introduced to SLR photography. I am currently saving up for a Canon EOS 7D with the 15-85mm lens which is my dream camera. It is expensive I know but what a camera. Not as expensive as the 1D or the 5D but has just as much features. Can’t wait.

 

See below pics of the awesome EOS 7D

 

 

 

Below is some info on the 7D which you may find useful if you take your photography seriously or you have some spare cash for a very decent SLR.

 

 

The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution it's easy to crop images for enlargement without concern of losing detail. A major factor in reducing noise, the CMOS sensor assures that images shot at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth.For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 7D offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. Expandable to ISO 12800, for low light scenes where using flash is undesirable.The 100% coverage viewfinder with 1.0x magnification provides the most complete and natural view of your subject. The Intelligent viewfinder offers shooting information never before seen in an EOS, including the Dual Axis Electronic Level to ensure perfect horizons.A newly designed 19-point cross-type AF system gives the photographer new ways to select AF points. All points are cross type with the centre point offering both f/2.8 and f/5.6 sensors.The EOS 7D features a new, 63 zone dual-layer sensor designed to complement the 19-point AF system. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS 7D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes.The EOS 7D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional movie-making tool.EOS 7D includes the ability to control multiple Speedlites without an ST-E2 or 580EX II, and includes a built-in 15mm wide angle flash. It also features with the 3.0” Clear View II LCD monitor with 920,000 dot resolution, a wide viewing angle and new solid structure for improved image viewing in bright conditions.The magnesium alloy body of EOS 7D offers weather sealing equivalent to the acclaimed EOS-1N, EOS Integrated Cleaning System and 150,000 release shutter durability.Features:- 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor- 8fps shooting- ISO range up to 12800- 100% Viewfinder- 19 cross-type AF points- Shutter speed: 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments)- iFCL metering system- Built-in Flash Coverage: up to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)- Built-in Flash Recycle Time: Approx. 3 seconds- Dual "DIGIC 4"- Full HD movie- Movie Length: Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB- Movie Size: 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)- Hi-Speed USB output, HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Extension system terminal (for WFT-E5), External microphone (Stereo mini jack)- Storage media: CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E5- Integrated Speedlite Transmitter- Battery Indicator: 6 levels + percentage- 3” Clear View II LCD- Magnesium alloy body with environmental protection- Dimensions: 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm- Weight (Body only): Approx. 820g 

 

The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution it's easy to crop images for enlargement without concern of losing detail. A major factor in reducing noise, the CMOS sensor assures that images shot at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth.For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 7D offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. Expandable to ISO 12800, for low light scenes where using flash is undesirable.The 100% coverage viewfinder with 1.0x magnification provides the most complete and natural view of your subject. The Intelligent viewfinder offers shooting information never before seen in an EOS, including the Dual Axis Electronic Level to ensure perfect horizons.A newly designed 19-point cross-type AF system gives the photographer new ways to select AF points. All points are cross type with the centre point offering both f/2.8 and f/5.6 sensors.The EOS 7D features a new, 63 zone dual-layer sensor designed to complement the 19-point AF system. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS 7D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes.The EOS 7D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional movie-making tool.EOS 7D includes the ability to control multiple Speedlites without an ST-E2 or 580EX II, and includes a built-in 15mm wide angle flash. It also features with the 3.0” Clear View II LCD monitor with 920,000 dot resolution, a wide viewing angle and new solid structure for improved image viewing in bright conditions.The magnesium alloy body of EOS 7D offers weather sealing equivalent to the acclaimed EOS-1N, EOS Integrated Cleaning System and 150,000 release shutter durability.Features:- 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor- 8fps shooting- ISO range up to 12800- 100% Viewfinder- 19 cross-type AF points- Shutter speed: 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments)- iFCL metering system- Built-in Flash Coverage: up to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)- Built-in Flash Recycle Time: Approx. 3 seconds- Dual "DIGIC 4"- Full HD movie- Movie Length: Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB- Movie Size: 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)- Hi-Speed USB output, HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Extension system terminal (for WFT-E5), External microphone (Stereo mini jack)- Storage media: CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E5- Integrated Speedlite Transmitter- Battery Indicator: 6 levels + percentage- 3” Clear View II LCD- Magnesium alloy body with environmental protection- Dimensions: 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm- Weight (Body only): Approx. 820g

 

I would suggest use your cheaper camera when you are actually fishing and save your SLR for best. You don’t want to get all fishy hands over your expensive SLR. I normally take my SLR to the lake or river when friends are fishing or if I need to take some real good shots.