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Director Rick Roberts' favorite cousin with her first snook, and of course, she's happy,.  However, hanging the snook by the jaw can harm the fish so the better way to pose would be holding the fish horizontally.  (since this snook was  not heavy it was likely unharmed).
How to Get the Best Shot of your Fish and the Shot that's Best for your Fish

 Snook Foundation's 'Best Shots' online photo album and contest is for readers to share the memories of their best catch and release fishing trips.  Monthly Awards to the 'Best' adult and child photos will be given.  Judging won't be easy!  But we do have a few guidelines here that you can apply to increase your chances of getting posted as a Winner, as well as creating consistent, great photos.

 

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 (Click Image To Enlarge) Getting a photo with the fish in the water  is easy on the angler and the fish. (photo: Jerry McBride)
Content

We consider photos from our members to be a welcome gift to the Foundation. Many times, a photo can inspire an angler to get fishing, or give hints about bait, techniques or location. 

Since how we handle a fish is a major factor in determining whether that fish will survive the release, we don't post photos showing a heavy fish being held by the jaw or gills.  Snook and other fish much over the size pictured above could experience injury from the practice.

Holding the fish in a horizontal or supported position with wet hands, or leaving the fish in the water for the photo is considered best practice for Increasing Release Survival.

Composition

It’s easier than you think – most amateur photographers spent a lot of time getting lost in details and settings, when in reality most digital cameras are very capable of doing the heavy lifting for you. If you have options such as “night photos,” “portrait,” or other general settings, focusing on just a few tips can bring you to the big leagues.

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Framing the photo in thirds, keeping the horizon straight, simple clothing and a good light source make this photo work. (photo: Brett Fitzgerald)
1. Framing: imagine lines cutting your viewfinder into thirds – both across and down. Put your subject on one of these imaginary lines so it is not centered in the frame. This will improve your overall composition.

2. Horizon: It takes practice, but if you pay attention to leveling the horizon it will eventually become second nature. A flat horizon keeps the viewer grounded, and helps maintain a more realistic shot.

3. Pre-planning Clothing:  Remind your subject before the trip that solid colored attire photographs better than something with many colors, patterns, or print. At night time, white shirts can bleach the colors in the rest of the photo. Many snook shots are after dark – white shirts can absolutely ruin a night time snook photo!

4. Light source placement: Always try to have the light source, be it the sun, a lamp, or campfire, behind you as you click the shutter. You want your subject facing the light, so the features are accented. Just keep your own shadow off the subject!

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Tyler King,  a Best Shots Winner in 2007
Learn from Others

Studying photos taken by others with an eye to composition and content is one of the best ways to learn and prepare for capturing your own great images.   We hope you are enjoying the Best Shots Photo Album and the variety of fishing and photo styles seen there. 

We are pleased to announce that we will now be awarding monthly winners with special lure pack prizes sponsored by StingRay Fishing Outfitters.

Everyone can submit photos using the online form.  Logging in your Snook Fishing Trip statistics is always a good idea, whether you submit a photo or not.