Great trophy record shots----------------

                   Sandra Caddel Martin


Take lots of pictures of each kill---don’t rush it

·        remove or tilt back caps and hats

·        remove blood and replace tongue on all animals

·        camera should be at animals eye level-photographer should be kneeling LOW

·        hunter should not be close enough to touch animal

·        turn animal at an angle to camera –instead of all perpendicular shots

·        use a flash on some of the shots-especially in bright sun

·        remove tall grass in front of animal

·        add in some close-up shots and really wide shots

·        do not shoot directly into the sun to avoid lens flair

·        raise up cat’s head & shoulders; cover prop with mane;

     you can pull nose slightly toward hunter to reveal more mane

·        Spiral horns should not be tilted backwards or forwards to insure that the full length is shown

·        Crocs-prop open jaws with stick in REAR of the mouth

·        If possible, don’t get too close to the background

·        If your subject is taller than it is wide, turn you camera to vertical

·        digital camera should be set to produce at least a 1 ½ MB file----                   take along plenty of memory cards!  

·        Take along a back up camera and let someone else use it, too

·        For those dry, dusty areas, take along a brush or cloth designed to clean photographic lenses and use often.

·        Photograph lots of wildlife in general- -check out the new mega zoom cameras with stabilizers.

·        Take lots!!! Of small details (use the macro function on camera) of the whole trip!! –Rifle stocks, pelts, also anything with a vibrant COLOR or texture

  • And on a grand scale..Use the panaromic funtion on your digital camera .


  To help tell the story of your hunt----Also

Take lots!!! Of landscapes & vistas, sunrises & sunsets

     camp life



                     brush fires


                             African trees

           & exotic plants; birds--DAILY!!! 

Warning: For many reasons, we do not recommend relying on your smart phone camera for such an important event.

However, if you take some time to check this out, your smart phone can be a good supplemental camera.


Austin, Texas


© Sandra Caddel Martin

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