Attention all! This is a public service announcement for the 2016 fall archery season.
To all my bowhunting brothers and sisters please for your own sake, use an actual camera for your hunting photos!
I am as guilty of this as anyone. We have a nice camera sitting in the house yet in the past five years I have opted to use cell phones to take my success photos. I never thought much of it until my wife and I put together the NBA slideshow for the Banquet last March. It was so apparent then to see the difference between cell phone pics and actual camera photos.
The cell phone pictures were distorted, blurry and simply not as high quality as the ones taken with actual cameras. (Disclaimer, this is not a diss on anyone's photography skills or a personal shot at anyone. Just an observation by someone that has no clue about photography).
"Nine out of 10 photographers agree with me, the 10th one was blind in one eye and couldn't see out of the other." This is a totally made up quote by yours truly but I have to think every professional photographer would agree with it.
Don't get me wrong, cell phones have come a long way. The cameras on the average smart phone are in fact very high quality and can take some great small printed pictures. They are ideal for that snapshot to send out to friends in a group text to show them all who the ultimate hunter in the group is. (You of course!) But remember, cell phones are small and the pictures taken on them are not always meant to be blown up to an 8x11 copy let alone put on a big screen for a slideshow.
These pictures taken in the field are meant to be treasured for a lifetime. Call me old fashioned but I still print off hard copies of my friends and my own hunting success pictures and create actual physical hold in your hand photo albums (yes they still make and sell them). It is an awesome thing to have these photos to sit and look through.
In my own experience, I have had pictures I printed off from cell phones that I was extremely disappointed with. An awesome experience I wanted to be able to remember through pictures turned out to be blurry or very low quality to say the least.
So remember, next time you go on a hunting trip and fill your tag, grab your camera, clean the blood off the animal as best you can and take a high quality picture. You won't regret it when you print it off and it's a picture you can be proud of and show off to people.
Snap a couple on your cell phone of course for the group message to remind your friends and family who puts the meat on the table. Or if they're like my friends give them an opportunity to flip you crap like "did your wife shoot that?" Or "I'm assuming you hit that with your truck on the way to the stand?" Or "Wow! Did hell freeze over today?"
Actually, now that I think about it maybe I should write my next blog about how to choose your hunting friends and how to deal with their extreme jealousy toward your success....well, anyway that's another topic for another day.
Good luck and happy "shooting" this fall!
The Lighter Side of the Arrow