#3 Subjects who wear eyeglasses can present a unique problem. Often it may not be seen when the photo is taken but in the final picture there will be glare or reflections from the lenses especially when flash is used. Hunters most always look directly at the camera when being photographed but having them look down toward the trophy or off toward the beautiful country it lived in often will solve the glare problem. Switching angles for photos also helps.
#4 In days of old it was common to see photographs of deer taken with the hunters rifle slung across the animals antlers or laying on it apparently pointing at someone else. This is not good for obvious safety reasons and often the rifle hides points or drop tines. Also remember no one wants to see a bloody arrow lying across the antlers.
#5 Have your photographer make sure their shadow does not appear in the viewfinder this mistake ruins countless otherwise perfect pictures.
Looking at things from a different perspective, a few suggestions.
Since I began taking trophy photographs as soon as hunting season arrives it’s not uncommon for me to get calls from friends and hunting partners at any given hour asking me to photograph their kills. When I started doing this it was not unusual to find them a little impatient when I began staging them and their trophy in order to get good quality photos but after seeing the results they have now come to readily accept my little ideas.
Once the hero shots have been taken here are a few ideas you may want to try.
One of my favorite shots and one that can become very popular with magazines is the walking up shot. Position the animal naturally as if it had just fallen making sure the antlers or horns are visible. Take the shot from a low angle possibly lying down. Have the hunter place themselves behind it as if they were tracking it or had just discovered it.
It’s important that they look at the animal not the camera to get the full effect of this shot.
This can work particularly well with a wild turkey gobbler taken in the spring. The wings can be fanned out on either side with the head looking forward and its beard sitting on top of the grass looking as if it just fell from flight.
Another popular shot is with the hunter kneeling with his trophy and his hand on its side or neck apparently admiring its beauty. This is also a good time to zoom in on the antlers with the hunters hand in the background to enhance the trophy’s head in the picture. Taking shots from various angles now can also highlight characteristics such as tine length, antler coloration, mass and spread.
Take another shot now of the hunter walking away with his rifle slung over his shoulder dragging the animal out by the horns. This can be an absolutely breathtaking photo when taken from a ground level angle with the sky in the background.
Examples of suggested methods.