As we get started hunting this season, here are a few suggestions for taking trophy photos:
1. Take pictures before you gut the animal if possible.
2. Clean blood off the animal.
3. Compose your shot so that the animal is in an attractive position.
4. If you have someone else take the shot, have them move in close enough so that you and the animal fill the frame. Save the landscape shots for another time.
5. Be careful about where shadows fall. If possible, get your animal either completely in the sun or completely in shade. Use "fill-in flash" for some of your shots. You'd be surprised how much this helps.
6. Get the sun on the back of the picture taker.
7. SMILE! Too many hunters pose with stupid-looking frowns and scowls on their faces. Be happy and proud of your acheivement... and show it!
Here's a shot of a nice Montana whitetail buck I shot last year. It was about 7 a.m. and I used a flash. This shot was taken before I gutted the deer, but I had to move him away from the bloody snow where he had fallen. Also, after being shot head-on and directly through the heart, this buck ran about 30 yards before crashing nose-first into the tree in the background (you can see where the impact knocked the bark off the tree). I hadn't noticed, but he had broken his nose and jaw when he crashed, and, in the first picture, they were hanging down and looking pretty bad, so you can see how I solved this problem. I had my buddy kneel where I am and hold the deer up while I set up the shot so that everything looked good; then we switched places. I didn't have to remember to smile on this one. Hell, I was smiling for about a week after!
Good luck, good hunting, and let's see those photos.