Techy Thursdays - Stu Hastie's Photography Tips Part 1

By Stu Hastie 11/12/2015

This is part one in a series of unknown amounts of parts by Stu Hastie of Secret Creek Photography. You will have seen a huge amount of Stu's amazing imagery all through the Manic world and we are very fortunate to have Stu as part of the crew. We've asked even more of Stu by getting him to put together a few of his tips and tricks to help you take your fishing photos, and photos in general, to that next level. Cheers Stu, you're the best!

PHOTO: P-A Nilsson

When you're out on the water lapping up the summer season, don't forget to take the time to preserve a bit of that goodness and save it for the dark depths of winter. It's nice to be able to share your experiences with absent mates and a few great photos can jog your memory for years to come.

Don't fall into the trap of just whipping the camera out only when the fish is in the bag. There's more to fly fishing than that. Sorry dude, but after a couple of grip and grins or fish-on-the-bank-next-to-the-rod shots, I'm clickin' outta here. Change your way of thinking and spice up those images.

I'm not a pro photographer and haven't had any training of any sort, but I have picked up a few tips and ideas over the last couple of years that seems to work for me. You can learn anything from Youtube, but really there is no better teacher than experience. Shoot a shedload, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Here's a few thoughts on gear:

  • A digital SLR camera will offer you the greatest creative control. Swap lenses, change settings, they're fast and responsive 
  • ...and best quality. You don't need the latest and greatest; they've been awesome for ages!
  • Mix up the lenses you use for a greater variety of shots
  • Keep your camera close and at the ready. I've usually got mine stashed inside a Simms Dry Creek chest pack. Always handy, splashproof, and won't swing out and smack onto the rocks when you're scooping your fish out of the net
  • Remotes are the ducks nuts!
  • Chances are, your camera came with the ultimate accessory: Don't just read the Manual, study it!
  • A small ziploc bag half filled with rice makes a nice camera support. Rock, rice bag, camera, remote. Boom! Awesome selfies.