Taking better photographs of Fly Patterns Part 2 of 2

Okey dokey, part two! You have messed around with the phone camera but you are still not getting the detail that you desire. You have to up your game, get serious and dig deep, into your pockets that is. The sad truth is that making do will only take you so far, I was lucky to have been into photography for a long time and spent much of my time when not fishing shooting landscapes. I had film cameras for years but with the advance of technology digital became within the reach of hobbyists. I started with a low-end digital camera before moving to a bridge camera and then finally took the plunge with a Nikon D40. I outgrew this camera very quickly and my good lady bought me a Nikon D90. 


The D90 was my first serious camera and I loved it, I coupled that with a Sigma 105mm Macro Lens and up until the end of last year all my photographs were taken with this set up. The D90 lasted over twelve years, sadly it is difficult to get hold of now but has been replaced by the Nikon D7000 https://amzn.to/3bvBfoW . This camera coupled with the Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Will give you amazing shots of your efforts on the vice. (click on the image to go to the product)



I sadly sold mine to fund a Macro lens for my new camera and I am sorely regretting that decision. Not because I am not pleased with the new camera and lens, it’s just the Sigma was an outstanding bit of glass! Still, onwards and upwards as I began to shoot more video for the You Tube Channel I had to re-evaluate the kit I was using. So, for Christmas this year gone I asked the family for a Panasonic Lumix G80/85. After much research and also being the proud owner of a Panasonic Lumix GX7 which I was really pleased with. I used this camera for going on trips abroad it being mirrorless meant it was light and small enough to pack into a waistcoat. The only downside was it was not waterproof, more on that later. (click on the image to go to the product)



The camera above is truly amazing I am so pleased with it, it takes crisp vibrant images and I have coupled that with the Panasonic LUMIX H-ES045E LEICA DG Macro-Elmarit 45 mm Macro Micro Four Thirds Lens – Black. I really enjoy taking images of my flies with this set up and with-it being macro there is no hiding from your mistakes! (click on the image to go to the product)



There is obviously a bit more to shelling out a small fortune (to me anyway) and expecting sublime images just to spew forth from the camera. Like any new piece of equipment, you have to take the time to learn how to use it. The G80 is an astounding feat of technology and is by no means the most expensive way to go. I chose it because it fitted my budget and would do all I asked of it. If you apply the same principles as laid down in part one of this article you too can be producing great images to print out and keep or simply share with friends on Social Media.


The other thing I wanted to cover was my dedicated fishing camera. This is the camera that I take to the river or in a boat and even to small Stillwaters. I started writing my blog around nine years ago now and the reason for that is you are seven times more likely to remember something you have written down. My days on the water are precious and I want to recall them in vivid detail. I often read back old blog entries, especially the foreign trips. I digress, words are not enough if you are doing a blog people want to see photographs! You certainly don’t want to risk your expensive big cameras while stood in the middle of a fast-flowing river.


I have had a number of waterproof and shockproof cameras over the years and the latest one is the Olympus Tough TG-6 Action Camera, 12 Megapixels, 4k video, 120fps. This has a pretty impressive spec and will do just about anything you can ask of it. I like it a lot it’s just a little bigger than I would have liked though. (click on the image to go to the product) 


As an honourable mention I must give my previous waterproof camera a shout out considered quite old now this was a trusty companion on many a trip and has captured memories that will always stay with me. It does not have all the bells and whistles the Olympus has but it is a nice shape and takes superb images. If you don’t want to break the bank then this would be my choice to capture those treasured memories. (click on the image to go to the product)