Have you ever been in this scenario? You just bagged that trophy buck you’ve been chasing for years. You’re so excited that you don’t know what to do next. As you’re rushing to check off all of your post-kill to dos, you get a picture with your buck, only to realize later that your photo is blurry.
Ever hear the joke, “Why don’t you take a picture, it’ll last longer?” This rings true with bagging that trophy buck. A blurry image can be a major downer in this situation though.
This blog post will help you to take the steps you need to get a high-quality photo of you with your deer that can be shared over and over and last for years.
Safety is Most Important
First and foremost, safety is the priority. Disarm and unload your weapon. Accidents do happen. You don’t want someone to get hurt or worse because you didn’t take care of your weapon post kill.
Choose the Optimal Background
Once your hunting party is safe, take notice of the environment around you. Is there an opening with a beautiful sunset? Are there leaves on trees that are just starting to change color? From your options, choose the best background, then position your trophy buck in front of that background. Keep in mind that a solid background will make your buck’s rack really stand out. The photo below from 60X Staff Shooter, Tiffany Denogean, is a great example of this.
Display Your Weapon
Once your buck is positioned in front of the solid background, point your weapon away from you and others and display it on top of or next to your buck so that it will be visible in the photo.
Assign a Photographer
Ask someone from your hunting party to use your phone to take your photo with your buck.
While we’re on the subject of phones, if the temperatures are cold, start your hunt with your phone close to your body. A shirt or pants pocket are two options. If your phone gets too cold, the battery could drain and leave you without an option to take any photo. If you store it in a pocket, your body heat will keep it warm.
Position Yourself in the Photo
Once your weapon is displayed properly, position yourself behind your buck and lift his head so everyone can see his large rack.
Take a High-quality Photo
When taking the photo, it’s natural to want to zoom in using the phone. Instead of zooming in with the phone, physically zoom in by having your friend walk closer to you with the phone. Standing closer will produce a higher quality photo. Zooming in with the phone can diminish the quality of the photo.
Try Different Angles
Don’t take just one photo from one angle. Depending on your specific scenario, try one or a few of these different angles:
- Directly in front.
- From the right side.
- From the left side.
- From below.
Check out Brian Frazier, 60X Staff Shooter, in this photo. We love this post-kill photo! It’s a bit unique and you see how big his buck’s rack is.
Take Photos in Multiple Places
If you have time, you may want to consider taking photos in more than one place:
- Where you met up with your buck.
- In your truck bed.
- Where your buck is hanging.
Look at Your Photos
Don’t just assume that you got clear, crisp photos where everything in it is positioned correctly. Before you leave your hunting area, review the photos. Here are a few items to look for:
- Are your buck and his rack standing out as the main focus? In some cases, bucks and their racks can be camouflaged by their surroundings. For example, fallen leaves on the ground can make the buck’s rack hard to see.
- Does your buck look smaller than it actually is? In some cases, photographers will stand at an angle above you. This can make your buck’s rack look smaller than it is. Have your photographer move the phone directly in front of you to take the photo.
- Can you see your buck’s entire rack? Depending on how you’re holding your buck’s rack, your photographer may not get the entire rack. Make sure you can see your buck’s complete rack in the photo, not just a portion of it.
Share with Pro Staff Companies
A friendly reminder: Don’t forget to send these photos to companies you’re representing. They appreciate high-quality photos!
The time with your trophy buck is minimal. Soak it up. Take the time you need to get high-quality photos. This is a memory that you want to last for years and pass on to generations.
What tips would you add to getting the best post-kill photos?
Kevin McCloskey, 60X Staff Shooter, poses with his monster buck in the top photo.