8 Tips for better Mobile Phone Fishing Pictures

Lets face it, almost all fishermen carry a mobile phone, making them the device you are most likely to record your fishing adventures with.

Mobile phone cameras can make great fishing images, but to ensure your snaps are awesome rather than pedestrian, follow our 8 simple tips for better mobile phone fishing pictures.

A nice casting shot taken with an iPhone

A nice casting shot taken with an iPhone.

1. Clear your lens.

Grease, dirt, dust and fingerprints can all have an effect on image quality. Before you take a picture of your prize catch take a few seconds to give your phone lens a quick wipe over with something soft, like the edge of a T -shirt or lint free cloth.

2. Get focused.

Getting your subject into focus is essential if you want a good picture. On iPhones simply tap the screen where your subject is in the frame – a small yellow square will appear to confirm. On Android you can set your camera up to do the same, by tapping on the screen exactly where you want to focus rather than using a button to take the image.

A lovely close up shot taken with an iPhone – getting the focus right was important!

A lovely close up shot taken with an iPhone – getting the focus right was important!

3. Avoid using Zoom

By using zoom you loose of lot of quality with a mobile phone. Walk closer or hold the phone right up to the fish instead. For a close up view, best option is to simply crop out the surplus in the picture afterwards.

4. Keep it steady

Keeping your phone still is very important, especially at night or in low light conditions. Phone cameras work a lot slower when their sensors pick up low light, due to more exposure being required for a decent image. Try holding with both hands for a steady take.

5. Take several shots

Take a few not just one. That way you can pick the best one out. The more you take the better the chance of getting a good one with the subject in focus.

6. Watch the background

Make sure the background is uncluttered and not distracting. If it is, a quick move of position and it can be easily remedied. Or quickly tidy things up to ensure the background is neat and not attention grabbing.

This mobile phone photo would have been much better if the clutter was removed in the background!

This mobile phone photo would have been much better if the clutter was removed in the background!

7. Remember the basics

Imagine a frame around your subject and keep them in the middle of the shot. If it’s a person holding a fish, try not to cut off your subjects head! Remember to keep the phone level so your picture is straight.

A decent mobile phone picture - nicely framed and straight.

A decent mobile phone picture – nicely framed.

8. Try not to use the flash

Mobile phone flashes are basically just glorified LED’s. Rarely are they effective, or useful. Indeed, they often ruin the shot by making your camera slower, therefore giving your fish more time to wriggle just as the picture is taken! They also usually end up going off at the wrong time so you end up with a blury, badly lit image. So we recommend you turn yours off, even on a dull day.

Want to take you photography skills to the next level? We suggest you read our Fishing Photography guide.