Well it’s that time of year when the Ladies of the Prois Posse are getting it done in the field. Here are a few tips and reminders about how to capture the best pictures from your hunt so that you will have a memory and keepsake to last a lifetime.
– Take the time to move your animal into a good position for pictures. You want to move it out of the area that it bled out and into an area where you can set up for some different angled field pictures.
– Set it up in a natural bedded down position; this is a much more photogenic pose than having the legs sticking straight out.
– Take your pictures before you gut; an open carcass is more gore than most people want to see or frame up on their walls. If you forget to take a picture before, or need to get the guts out fast, make sure that the open cavity is hidden in pictures and there is no visible gut pile.
– Clean up blood on the face and make sure that the tongue is not hanging out; an easy fix is to simply cut the tongue out. Snow, baby wipes, or even some water from your pack and mitts will go a long way.
– Don’t ride the animal, don’t even half straddle it. Show that animal respect and make sure you are sitting right behind it. Also, don’t play with the angle and sit 27 feet behind it so that it looks bigger than it is.
– Take multiple pictures from multiple angles; you can’t retake these so it’s easier to delete too many than wish that you took a few more.
– Try to avoid major shadows on the animal and the hunters face by using the angle of the sun to highlight the picture evenly.
– Don’t only take pictures from the back of your truck or hanging from a tree; make sure you capture the animal in the environment that the hunt took place.
– Skyline antlers if possible; this help to highlight those racks.
– Be aware of where your rifle is pointed when propped. We all love to show off what helped us get our animals, but gun safety and perception is imperative and takes two seconds to make sure that it isn’t pointed at anyone even when unloaded.
– Most importantly, be proud! Smile for the opportunity to be one with nature, for the chance to put your own food on the table, the fact that you know where your food came from and smile for the amazing memory you have created.
Good luck this season ladies!!!