When you come fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters, you’re probably going to want to take lots of pictures of you and your friends and family fishing, as well as all the fish you catch. But how can you take the best pictures while fishing? We compiled a list of easy tips to help your pictures turn out great!

How To take Better Pictures While Fishing – 7 Easy Tips


  1. Understand Your Camera – Before taking any pictures, you should try to understand your camera. If you’re using a smartphone, this might be a simple task, however, if you’re using a digital camera, this might be a little harder. But, just remember, that you’re trying to figure out settings that work for fish photos. So play around with your camera and take mental notes of the features and settings on your camera. You could also look at your camera’s manual, which will probably show you some other features and settings you didn’t know about.
  2. Focus on the Fish – When you do get out on the water and you’re ready to take pictures, make sure to focus on your subject – the fish! Don’t worry about getting everything in focus, just make sure the beautiful fish you caught is in focus. Even if the fish is the only subject in focus, that’ll just make it stand out more and make a great picture! But along with this tip, you should also remember not to keep the fish out of the water too long if you’re practicing catch and release.
  3. Get up Close and Personal – If you’re using your camera’s zoom, be aware that you lose picture quality. So instead of using your zoom, try to get up close to your subject… the fish. If the fish (or any other subject) is really close to the camera, use the Macro setting on your camera in order to get the most detailed picture possible. Remember to take the picture above and/or below the fish to make the most appealing in the photo.
  4. Take Pictures of the “Fight” – While most sportfishing pictures pick static images, like the boat, the fish, etc. the best shots are of the fight. Action shots are most exciting and will get the most “likes” when you share them with your friends and family. You can look through our galleries to see some of our own action shots.
  5. Take more than One Shot –  When you’re taking pictures don’t just take one shot. Take more photos than you would normally. Some cameras have a setting that allows you to take more than one shot even if you only click once. This is very important when dealing with action shots and hero shots. The more shots the better in those cases because there will be likelier that there will be a good shot in the batch. Erase the ones you don’t like afterwards and you’ll be good to go.
  6. Be Steady and Slow – When you’re taking pictures, make sure to go slow and steady like the tortoise in the story of the tortoise and the hare. Take a breath before you shoot a picture, that will help you keep the camera steady and help you slow down. If you don’t do this oftentimes the camera moves during the photo, making the photo turn out blurry or fuzzy.
  7. Pay Attention to the Light and the Sun – When you’re taking pictures, make sure to pay attention to the sun and the light. Keep the sun at your back when you’re taking pictures – colors are much more present and beautiful if the fish is in sunlight than in shadow. If you shoot with the sun at your front, everything will be covered in shadow. With this in mind, remember that there is “magic hour” in photography. These hours take place right after sunrise and right before sunset, and this allows the sun to paint everything with a beautiful, warm hue.  

Now that you know these tips, you will be sure to have a delightful, fun time on the Kona Fishing Charters. You’ll be able to take beautiful fishing pictures of your friends, family, and yourself catching all sorts of awesome fish in the Kona sea. And, remember, that we can always take a picture of you if you need or want us to do so. We want you to have a fantastically wonderful time fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters and we want to make sure your pictures preserve the great memories you’ll have of this fishing trip.