If you follow the outdoors coverage in the The Oklahoman, you know I often publish hunting and fishing photos from readers in the newspaper and on my blog.
How do I choose what photos to publish? Frankly, the most important factor is the quality of the photograph. I get many photos of nice bucks worthy of bragging about, but often the photos are unsuitable for publication.
If you want to take a good photo with your trophy, there are few simple rules you can follow to take a better photo and increase the chances of it being published in the newspaper or on NewsOk.com.
First and most important, take the photo in a natural setting. Don’t wait and shoot the photo of your big buck in your garage, backyard or pick-up bed.
Take along a digital camera and shoot the photo in the woods or the field while you are still in your camo and hunter orange. It makes a much better photo with a natural background and proper hunting attire.
Make sure the deer’s tongue is not hanging out. Don’t take a photo with the animal covered in blood. I know the deer is dead, but some readers find such photos distasteful.
Fill the frame of your photo. I can’t count the number of big fish photos I’ve received where the photographer must have been standing 10 yards away.
When possible, shoot from many different angles. Send me more than one photo to choose from.
And smile. That makes a much more pleasant photo.
Take a tripod and set the timer on the camera if no one is there to take the photo for you.
Follow these simple tips and perhaps your trophy hunting or fishing photo might be published on The Oklahoman’s Outdoors page one Sunday.