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You'll need a grasp of a few basics such as
Composition
Perspective
Aperture
Shutter Speed
Light
Focal length of your lens

Combining all of the above comes with experience and patience, try understanding one at a time 1st and you'll get there.
 

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Nathan, don't know the answer but seeing those pics makes me want to take a photography course!
 

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Griff, that is my point. After seeing Henrys photos, i just want to get more involved in that now too...more bloody money...doh

Andy , can you use smaller words, so i can understand them mate... It sounds like i need a course!...lol
 

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Stormy said:
Griff, that is my point. After seeing Henrys photos, i just want to get more involved in that now too...more bloody money...doh

Andy , can you use smaller words, so i can understand them mate... It sounds like i need a course!...lol
Ha Ha, funny thing is they are all about numbers not words. The thing you need to learn not to do is use the AUTO setting, as clever as it is. Read your camera manual and it'll explain what each setting on the dial does, go through one at a time. Don't get side tracked, just the settings on your dial. Do you have a compact or an SLR camera?

There's no quick fix mate, it takes a lot of messing around, lots of sample pix, lots of comparison photos so you can see what you're actually doing. Fortunately we live in a digital age, when I learnt 27 years ago, we had to pay for films and prints to find out if we understood what we were being taught.
 

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Those are stunning pics.

A lot of what makes them is composition and the wonderful light that day, warm and crisp light, warm light meaning more orange colour than blue. Make sense?

Some of them work as a higher shutter speed was used to freeze the water, you will need to set that on your camera and not all compacts can do it. What do you have?
 

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i went out and bought the panasonic lumix DMC-FT1 as its bullet proof and waterproof out on the sea, as i break phones and cameras for a pass time...doh, its 12mp, dont know if that helps or not really
 

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i went out and bought the panasonic lumix DMC-FT1 as its bullet proof and waterproof out on the sea, as i break phones and cameras for a pass time...doh, its 12mp, dont know if that helps or not really
Both myfish & myself have recently aquired those.
 

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I got one last year too instead of a housing for a digital SLR. Good advice from the shop in my case.
 

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Stormy said:
i went out and bought the panasonic lumix DMC-FT1 as its bullet proof and waterproof out on the sea, as i break phones and cameras for a pass time...doh, its 12mp, dont know if that helps or not really
Both myfish & myself have recently aquired those.
i went into the local camera shop and said these were the best at what they are used for....either that or i got some sales talk, knowing my luck!
 

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Stormy said:
Lewisman said:
Stormy said:
i went out and bought the panasonic lumix DMC-FT1 as its bullet proof and waterproof out on the sea, as i break phones and cameras for a pass time...doh, its 12mp, dont know if that helps or not really
Both myfish & myself have recently aquired those.
i went into the local camera shop and said these were the best at what they are used for....either that or i got some sales talk, knowing my luck!
Local shop . .. . hmmmmmm not always the best for price. Mine was under £200 delivered . . dare i ask . . . . . :?:
 

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Local shop . .. . hmmmmmm not always the best for price. Mine was under £200 delivered . . dare i ask . . . . . :?:[/quote]

oh dear...oh dear..oh dear....£295
 

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The little I do know about photography makes me think that it will be difficult to do some of the stuff Henry does with a compact even when on manual mode. Adjusting shutter speeds, exposure settings, filters etc etc is all better achieved with an SLR (albeit digital). To be honest I have some excellent sharp pictures from last year on my son's 6mp Samsung compact! I just try and compose/frame it nicely and blast a few shots off to ensure I get one worth keeping. I don't have the kit or knowledge to do tip top stuff, so I guess I work to the limits of my abaility.
 

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Really chuffed that the photos I shot with Nathan, Steve and Robert have struck a chord for want of a better expression...........there were some other very cool, moody shots with awesome skies that I could not show because they give the location away and I promised Nathan I would not do that.

Thanks for the kind comments also, means a hell of a lot.

I am a self-taught photographer and I have been doing it a long time, so I guess I know my way a bit around photography, but apart from good gear and a sound understanding of the "fundamentals" (f-stops, shutter speeds, ISOs, colour spaces, focal lengths, exposure and exposure compensation, focusing, etc., etc. etc.), I reckon the single most important thing is COMPOSITION - how you compose the photo, how you "see" the photo.

The photos on that link are my "interpretation" of the session - I shot them the way I saw them, taking into consideration conditions, available light etc. - but another photographer working the exact same session would no doubt have shot a completely different set of photos, and that's the great thing about it. There is rarely a right or a wrong, but there is a good and there is a bad.

I would be the world's most useless teacher at this, but think about this for a start and I reckon every single person's photography would improve by 100% immediately........

I always watch people taking photos, and I always look at other photographs - professional or good photographers aside, what is the most common way you see a photo being taken ? Think about it...........the guy or girl stands there, frames up, and snaps away. Photo always taken from the same perspective - the eye level (height) of the person taking the photo. Generally boring, boring, boring.

Now try taking the same photo from two positions - lie on the ground or kneel down, and then get up say on a rock. Perspective of the photo is instantly changed, and usually for the better.

Then think about whether you want to fill the frame with the subject matter (man plus fish or lure on a rod for example, usually not much point having acres of "dead" space in the frame doing nothing), or do you want to pull back (zoom out or physically move position) and take a wider shot (landscapes, seascapes, big skies etc.)

Use digital as a chance to fire away and experiment all the time. I do this and I always learn something new every time I go on a photo job.

I am due to be giving a talk on bass fishing photography at the B.A.S.S. AGM in March I believe, really looking forward to it. Hopefully people won't fall asleep !!
 

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Great pictures and quite inspirational.
I wish I could take better pictures and keep promising myself I will learn to get better with my camera (Canon G6 - a bit old now) but I find most of my bass fishing is impulsive and short trips. This generally means I am on my own and when I do catch, fish welfare is paramount. Easier when there is somebody else to fish with but taking pictures means losing valuable fishing time. A bit of a dilemna for me.

I need a lottery win to finance all the places I want to fish and all the people I would like to fish with!!!! And commission a photographer......
 

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What stunning photos Stormy, must be great to have a brilliant session recorded for ever with those pics, as **** says love the one with the big smile :D

Photography is much the same as fishing in some ways, you can learn to take good shots, and nothing can beat practice, practise ect but some people just have that natural eye for a shot, like Henry. My mate that comes fishing with me who seems to be hexed with a rod in his hands, give him a camera and you want to see some of the stunning photos he takes, makes me sick with envy. I actually enrolled on a course last September to get a better understanding and it fell through as they didnt have enough students enrolled, typical as the year before couldnt get on as it was full.
 

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Don't really know Henry (bumped into him at Mr Fish once), but know that he has a BSc in Marine Biology -- but he is an awesome photo--journo. He is what the SPORT of Bass fishing needs considering his stance on catch and release (can I get a free pair of Greys wading boots) :muttley:
 
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