Trophy Photo Photography Tips!

Photograph Your Animal Right!

There are correct and incorrect ways to photograph your archery animal. You only get one chance in the field, so do it right the first time around. Here are some tips for taking pictures that will make you proud.

Remove any arrows still in the carcass, and scrub away all visible blood with water and paper towels. If the tongue is hanging out, tuck it back into the mouth or cut it off. Dampen the animal's eyes for a fresh and realistic look.

Position the camera slightly below the animal and as close as possible to fill the frame. Antlered game like deer and elk appear far more dramatic when their racks are silhouetted against the sky.

When possible, have a friend take pictures of you and your animal. If you are by yourself, use a tripod. Modern digital cameras make self-photography fairly easy because you can shoot a few photos and then review them on the screen. If they are not perfect, adjust the camera position and angle and take some more.

You don't have to always show the entire carcass. Try some vertical shots with only the front half of the animal in the picture. This will make the critter look bigger and showcase the trophy rack. Be sure to pose close behind with your bow and arrows in full view.

Finally, take a lot of photos. Try different angles and poses. Again, you only get one chance to capture your trophy before you skin and butcher the animal. Well-posed pictures are worth some extra effort!

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