Better Field Photos: Depth Of Field.

Better Field Photos: Depth Of Field.

Better Field Photos is a simple concept: quick tips for the average hunter wanting to capture trophy moments on a smartphone simply by knowing how to take better images in the field.

Better Field Photos and Depth.

Depth is what keeps an image from looking flat, and it brings in the landscape so much better, if you just think it through.

An easy way to do that is to put something in the corner of the frame. It can be anything.

Here's two different examples.

While shooting still shots on our Blind Insights series with Sportsman Channel, I wanted to showcase Banded's new outerwear. We actually uprooted cattails in the water, and then had another hunter hold them in place, while the photographer brought them into frame.

Often you can put something in the frame that is already there. Like a tree, or in this case, reeds growing up out of the water. However, don't be afraid to manipulate things. 

Where we wanted to take this shot, in fact, where we need to take this shot, due to lighting and to the decoy spread, there was no structure at all. So, we uprooted a few stalks of cane and that was all it took.

​We had a few people on hand for this shoot, but I've done it all by myself, too. Holding the camera with one hand, and the structure with the other. It can be done! 

On the turkey image, Jeremy Harrill had just taken an beast of an old bird on our Spring Chronicles episode, A Game Warden Who Came Alive. We needed some stock photography, so in this case, we wanted to capture that feeling every turkey hunter can relate to of walking out with a bird over the shoulder.

We had a cool landscape with the downhill grade, and we weren't backlit with the trees behind him. However, we weren't going for a tight shot to show his facial expression. This was about capturing a distant feel. 

In order to bring depth into the shot, I simply moved myself into a position to where I could put this old stone fence in the lower left third of the frame.

By having that object in the foreground, it naturally forces the viewer's eye to interpret the image as further away, and doesn't give the photo a "flat" look.

It doesn't take much to give a photo depth. Just think through it and you can use just about anything to layer an image and take it from average to creative by doing something as simple as using what's already there in front of you to your advantage.

Jason Cruise is a published author, speaker, and the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel. and @JasonLCruise on Twitter.

Be sure to read Your Picture Tells Your Story written by Jason Cruise for Sportsman Channel. A quick yet critical article foundational for capturing memories that last a lifetime.

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