Capturing the Moment and Memory

Selecting the Right Camera to Take on the Water

The memories of that incredible fishing trip stick with an angler for a long time, but the best possible way to relive that memory over is through photos.  A great photo from that fishing trip also serves an angler well when submitting articles to media outlets for publication, or when a sponsors requests photos, you want to be able to send them a photo, as it makes you look good!

We caught up with Chad Eddings, who served as a photographer during this year’s Champions Tour for his insight on camera selection and tips to take the best photo possible.  Chad begins by breaking it down into three camera options; cell phone, point and shoot and lastly a DSLRs.

Cell Phone – The camera on most of the newer smart phones these days take good quality photos. Besides almost always having it with you, you have immediate access to social media apps that allow you to share the photos quickly. Here are three things you can do with your phone camera to ensure you get the shot.

Remove the case – Many of us keep our phones in cases and often the lens cover becomes scratched or dirty

Get Close – Move the camera closer to the object being photographed, no one cares about what color shoes you’re wearing, make the fish and your smile the focal point

Both Ways – Take photos in both landscape and portrait orientations

Point and Shoot – A step up from using your phone, but still allows you to just frame up your subject and take the shot. Chad’s top three Point and Shoot cameras include:

Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Nikon COOLPIX W300

Olympus Tough TG-5

DSLRs – If you’ve shot numerous photos with the first two options and want to kick it up a notch, or want to take up photography as a hobby, then you are here learning about DSLR’s.  To step up your picture taking game significantly, start shooting in RAW instead of JPEG. Doing so will allow you to utilize tools like Adobe Lightroom to really make your photos pop. Chad’s three recommendations for an introductory DSLR would be one of these and suggest looking for one of these that comes in a kit that comes with a lens.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Nikon D5500

Sony Alpha a68

Photo Shooting Tips for any Type of Camera:

  • Use a tripod or some form of stabilization
  • Get things in focus. Obviously, but should never be overlooked
  • Keep a microfiber cloth handy to clean the lens
  • Extra batteries
  • Take lot of pictures, you can always delete the ones you don’t want
  • Get lighting to work for you. As a general rule, get the sun behind the camera
  • Smile
  • Be creative with angles

Chad’s Favorite Three Photo’s from 2017!



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