We’ve all seen or taken photos of us and our fish with arms extended trying to make the fish look big (I’m guilty of this for sure). Lets be honest, this looks retarded for the most part. Here is a quick tip on making fish appear in pictures as big as you think they really are. My dad and I made a trip to the Salmon River in Idaho this past week. The beautiful steelhead in these two pictures was one of the first we caught, so we made sure to snap a couple of quick pics incase our luck turned sour and no other fish were caught (not the case, thank heavens). The first picture (top) was quick and for the most part not bad, but in the second pic (bottom) a couple of things changed that enhanced the photo.
First: It was a very overcast day, so the flash in the second pic helped a bit I think.
Second: and even more important is the way I held the fish. Notice that I am securing the fish with the same grip in both pics, but in the second pic I angled the head down toward the water a little more, and I held the head a little more toward the camera. By slightly changing these angles the fish grew a couple of inches. I heard this tip from Barry Beck, a professional photographer, on an askaboutflyfishing.com podcast. Experiment a little with this tip and you’ll never need to hide a mile behind your catch to make it look as large as you remember it being.