Video Tuesday Tip: How to Use a GoPro to Take Fish-Friendly Photos

If I showed you some of the fish photos that regularly appear in my email or are posted to our facebook page, you wouldn’t believe them: fish lying on the rocks or in the leaves on the bank, horribly out-of-focus grip-and-grins, fish so dry and lifeless-looking that they seem to be taxidermied. The question then becomes, “Then how do so many people great the kinds of great photos that end up on the blog?”

Our old pal Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has created an excellent video that walks you through the steps for using a GoPro to take great fish photos. He discusses everything from how to set up the camera, where to mount it, and how to adjust it it to take kinds of shots during the catch-and-release sequence. (The only thing he can’t fix is your own mug.) One of the big benefits of Tim’s system is that it minimizes fish handling and time out of the water.

So, if you have a GoPro camera that’s been gathering dust, now’s the time to give it another shot.

12 thoughts on “Video Tuesday Tip: How to Use a GoPro to Take Fish-Friendly Photos”

  1. Pingback: How to Use a GoPro to Take Fish-Friendly Photos - The North American Fly Fishing Forum
  2. #keepemwet

    Grip n grins are something I’ll never understand. You caught a fish. So what? Lots of people have done that.

  3. I little treatment of Rain-X to the GoPro lens housing every few outings will also help repel those water drops. In a pinch you can also use a spit shine to help repel those droplets.

  4. Agree with sunshine!

    Not only shooting underwater does require some practice but a decent post-production tool as well. You might want at least to stabilize the footage and enhance the colors or change the speed. After GoPro stopped supporting its own video editor, it’s been a bit of a challenge to find a new one.

    So, if you’re looking for a software to edit your GoPro footage, here is a nice list of recommendations by the community:

    But frankly, if you aren’t shooting in 4K all the time, most freeware will probably work for you. Just check the system requirements in advance

  5. I love the setup for GoPro you shared. It was extremely well done. It was concise, information packed and all it your tips worked beautifully. It could not have been better. I really appreciate you sharing this information.

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