To add more mass to your bass and impress your Facebook fishing buddies, follow the advice of Scott Hepler, a former head photographer/studio manager at Bass Pro Shops and commercial photographer in Kansas City, Missouri. He can make even a crappie look snappy. His tips:
1. Hold the fish horizontal with your arms extended. Presenting it to the camera this way makes it look larger than holding it vertically. Try to hide your arms behind the fish so what you’re doing looks less obvious.
2. Widen and lower the camera angle. Zoom out to the widest lens setting if possible and/or shoot slightly up at the fish. Take a few test shots to determine what looks most realistic.
3. Use the flash. The extra light will fill in shadows on the fish. And because bright objects come forward in photos while darker ones recede, your catch will magically grow in size. “The effect is enhanced if you’re wearing a dark solid shirt,” adds Hepler.
4. Grimace a little. This is tough to do while looking natural but try putting on a strained smile. (This sucker is heavy.)
5. Magnify your measurement. Proof? You want proof? Each inch on the Tall Tale Tape ($6, fishfib.com) is actually only ¾ inch, so anything photographed next to it looks 33 percent longer. Sneaky.
Welcome to Parade’s Summer School! Every day from now until June 15th, we’ll be posting how-to steps and expert tips to help you master the essential skills of the season. Here’s a peek at what you can expect each day. And join our Facebook event here to get all of Parade’s Summer School tips and tricks—plus additional travel guides, warm-weather recipes, and more—delivered right to your Facebook account.
June 2: Learn how to skip a stone
June 3: Master the putt-putt course
June 4: Teach a kid to (love to) fish
June 5: Make your own ice cream
June 6: Spot constellations in the backyard
June 7: Throw a Frisbee like a pro
June 8: Host an outdoor movie night
June 9: Take your best croquet shot
June 10: Get water out of your ear
June 11: Make homemade strawberry jam
June 12: Learn to pitch a horseshoe
June 13: Build a stellar sandcastle
June 14: Make a splash with the perfect belly flop
June 15: Photograph a fish (so it looks bigger than it is)