Pictures and Memories...

Images are something to be cherished. You get one chance to capture a memory. Don’t blow it by having a gun pointed at the person in the photo.

If your Facebook page looks anything like mine, it is full of big-buck pictures. This time of the year, I’m reminded that an image says a lot about the hunt. Photos we willingly post online not only reflect what you value, but they’re also a reflection of the entire outdoor community. Here are a few photo tips to better capture that trophy you’ve worked so hard to get.

Bad Antelope
Such a stellar hunt and all I can thing about is the poor picture job by me! 

1) Too Dark?

Unless you’ve got staggering heat, pre-pose the deer overnight. Sit the deer upright against the back of a truck and place something heavy underneath it to support the body and head. Tuck the legs underneath so the deer looks like it’s bedded down, and overnight you’ll have a deer perfectly positioned to photograph. Plus, photographing them during the early morning hours simply gives you the best possible light.

2) Dirty Deer? Clean It Up.  

Nothing is worse than Facebookers scrolling through their feed and seeing a deer caked in blood with a smiling face right behind it. I mean…c’mon. Could you not find a towel, toilet paper or baby wipes, anything? Before positioning the

deer, take a few moments to wipe it down and for God’s sake, put the tongue back in or cut it out!

3) Shoot from the Ground Up!

Grab your phone and attempt to take a photo of your wife from a low angle. Yeah…that’s not going to happen. You’ll

Much Better
Much better job! Deer was pre-posed from the night before after I cleaned him up. Bushnell Tactical Elite w/Smith & Wesson M&P10.

likely be told that an upward angle makes her look larger. For the sake of your marriage or relationship, please don’t try this. On the other hand, shooting a buck at a low angle isn’t a bad thing. Get low, and shoot a bunch of photos.

Relax and relish the fantastic hunt. Take as much time and effort on the photo as you did harvesting such a great animal. ~ KJ

Kevin Jarnagin
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.