The Equipment

Brown Trout - Close-up

For both convenience and quality, the two cameras that I use most often are the Sony DSC-HX9V 16.2 Megapixel Camera, Nikon D800 36.3 Megapixel Camera, and the Nikon 7000 16.2 Megapixel Camera. The Sony “point and shoot” is the single best camera that I have found for taking self-portraits. It also has a panoramic feature to digitally stich together a 180 degree landscape picture with exceptional quality. The panoramic feature is an excellent way to share pictures with people digitally but the quality falls off for the large scale printing format we use for our close up portrait shots.

The Nikon D800 (or SLR equivalent) is best to use if you have an extremely large fish and the ability to get an assist in positioning the fish from a fellow angler. An assist allows your partner to better manage:

  1. The fish (keeping them relaxed and in the net/water till you are ready with the camera).
  2. The water/current (waiting for the water to clear of sediment and capturing the water’s reflection and wet/gloss effect).
  3. The background for the portraits (water, river bottom, vegetation, branches etc.).
  4. An assist also allows you to manage the lighting (sun angle, reflection and shadows), the camera settings (focus, aperture, scale and magnification) and the weather (keeping water drops off the camera lens).