Once on the ground move as close to the subject as possible, but not too close. Do not use your zoom lens, move yourself closer instead. You want to be sure to keep the subject and the hunter in the photo-frame, but not cut off the top of the hunters head, part of antler, or the bottom half of the animal. You do not want to be so far away that both the animal and hunter appear small in the picture and get lost in the environment. Generally speaking a photograph taken closer to the subject without a lot of back ground noise is better than one taken farther away. Once you have decided on your location for shooting photos double check through the view finder to make sure there isnít any grass, weeds, or sticks in the way of the lens or between you and the subject. If there are, mash them down or remove them.
Now the fun starts. Begin taking photos, but have the person turn the animalís head to different angles. Have the hunter move around a little to find that just perfect pose. The photographer should move side to side and forward and backward occasionally to try and capture different angles and light.
Here are two examples of changing the angle to best bring out the buckís features.
While the above photograph is acceptable I believe the photograph below taken from a different angle better enhances both the hunter and the deer. Also see that the photographer moved closer to the subject. This does sacrifice some background, but not to a major extent.
Include some pictures with the weapon and some without. If others were in on the hunt take some group photos and some of just the hunter. Donít be afraid of taking a few of just the animal or the animal with the weapon or other equipment used like binoculars, range finders, back packs, and spotting scopes. Remember it is the memory you are trying to recreate so use whatever props necessary to help relive that hunt. Film or digital images are likely the cheapest part of the hunt so donít scrimp on the opportunity to take a lot of pictures from many angles and distances.
The following two photographs are without the hunter and experimenting with different angles.
Same whitetail buck from a different angle and different light. It is still a great photo, but it sure changes the appearance of the buckís antlers.
Take full advantage of the moment. Try to make it fun for all those involved. If you have children along include them in the pictures. Remember you basically only have that one chance to take those pictures and try to make the most of it. If you do, you will be able to relive those memories for many years to come and have photographs that you can be proud to show your friends.
Join the discussion of this article with the author HERE at the Article Discussion Forum.An avid big game hunter, Troy Adams has been hunting big game for nearly 30 years. Combining hunting and photography has helped him preserve many great memories. When not hunting, photographing, writing, or spending time with his family, Troy is usually found working on his wildlife art drawings.