If you’re an avid angler, you know the frustration of getting an awesome catch without capturing the moment.
So if you’re looking to start keeping your fishing memories or enhancing your video skills to take better fishing videos, here are some tips that you can make use of for your next trip.
Depend on High-quality Cameras
Catching a fish is always a fast-paced action that you need a reliable camera to capture properly.
You want to go for a model that can handle 1080p at 60 frames per second.
That way, you can utilize the high quality for the slower parts of the video and 720p at 60 frames per second for the faster parts –like a jumping fish.
This is to avoid motion blur as the lower the resolution, the less motion blur there will be.
Cropping Out the Boring Parts
By the end of your fishing trip, you’re going to have so many hours of footage on your camera that you’ll need to look through.
The most important thing to remember is that many parts that you’ll see as impressive will only be entertaining to you.
Think of the last time you watched a fishing video and how you just fast-forwarded through almost half of it.
It can be annoying to keep moving back and forth through a video to get to the important or interesting parts –the parts that include the action.
So spare your viewers this task and only leave in the parts where you’re catching the fish, setting up the fishing place as you give important advice, and so on.
In other words, leave out the parts where you wait for the fish to catch the bait and the endless minutes of you struggling against it.
The general rule of thumb is that telling your story in the shortest time possible is the best way to do it.
Use editing to your advantage. Specifically, slowing down parts with interesting casts and reels.
You can also use burst mode –if your camera has it- to capture multiple still photos in order for you to pick the best one later on.
Adding some B-roll at the beginning can be a nice touch. This can include shots of your boat, spinning reel, or the area where you’re going to fish.
Moreover, don’t overuse special effects when it comes to transitions. Usually, a simple fade to black or cross dissolve (having the two videos fade into one another) is the best way to go.
Also, leave your sponsoring for the end of the video or add the equipment to the description instead of stuffing the beginning with it and driving away the viewer before they even know the content of the video.
Use Different Angles and Avoid Water Drops on the Lens
Using multiple angles to show the same shot is an amazing way to both extend your video and still keep it interesting.
Some underwater shots would also add a lot of value to the content.
Furthermore, always make sure your camera’s lens isn’t covered in droplets of water that absolutely ruin the video you’re trying to take.
Express Yourself in the Video
Completely muting your fishing footage or just drowning the audio out with music isn’t going to allow you to connect with the audience as much.
Adding in the audio where you give a good tip, share an interesting fact, or just talk about the excitement you have for your trip can add a lot of value to your video and click well with the viewer.