If you guys will take just a few seconds to spray the fish down, it will be a lot easier to get the product shots published in magazines. Spraying them off gets rid of the blood and makes the fish look shiny and fresh.
Tuna fishermen may love a bloody deck, but editors don't. If you want product shots published, it's worth a few seconds to set up the shot.
That is true, but It is really hard to clean decks and fish to take pictures when fishing is hot and mates are busy to run down and up. When I asked my friends, who caught nice fish, to wait to get my camera, they usually unhook the fish and drop their rigs immediately before I came back with my camera.
I know it's tough to do, but a few good shots are worth their weight in gold - both in potential magazine exposure and for internal use like brochures, web sites, etc.
Take a look at these shots from Seis Tuna. They are obviously not good product shots, but help illustrate the point.
Bad magazine photo - dried out fish and too much blood.
These shots are better - the fish are not so bloody and they don't look so dried out, but they will never look better than right after you catch them and boat shots are always preferred.
Both of these fish were sprayed off with water right before the shots.
Non-traditional shots gets published more than your standard staring at the camera shot. This is not the best example, but somewhat illustrates the point.
It also helps to hide gaff marks - not the case below, but the other side looked worse.
Don't ever slip your fingers inside the gills if you can help it. To some magazines, like Tide, this is an instant rejection.
This photo also illustrates how you can lose all of the amazing colors of a fish not long after catching.
The OTI guys are putting a lot of work in to their products and a lot of us are reaping the benefits. Taking a few minutes to help them get a killer photo can really go a long way to help promote the product.
Larry Bozka keeps threatening to join us on one of these trips and wants to spend the entire trip taking photos. He's currently writing for Sport Fishing Magazine, Tide, Texas Sporting Journal, TPWD Magazine and I think is about to start writing for SaltWater Sportsman. We would all end up with awesome photos and probably get some good coverage for OTI.
By the way TJ, my comments were not intended as insults to your photography skills. I was just trying to offer some advice that may help in getting good product shots.