You can probably guess what I did on Saturday just by looking at the photos. I truly do enjoy fishing, almost as much as I enjoy shooting. Fishing is a lot like photographing critters because it requires the same patience and knowledge. While I have only been doing this type of work for about a year and over that time I have discovered many challenges to overcome.
One of the first challenges I learned to overcome was when to use flash and when not to. Color is really important and flash helps bring out color. But the down side is when you have a reflective surface, like these fish. Direct flash can then be more of a problem then a blessing. Knowing how to use natural light with reflective surfaces is a good skill to have in all areas.
Simple things like composition, lighting and background are a little bit easier to overcome. The two hardest ones I’ve found so far is catching the subject and then telling it’s story. There is of course the basic portrait shot and then you have to be creative and with an aquatic species you have to be quick. Now I’ve photographed many different subjects and I keep trying more because of these challenges and the lessons I learn from them keep me going back.