Camera phones have replaced bulky cameras for creating many fishing videos.

I remember the first video ever shot on my boat. My brother brought his video tape recorder. It was a two part unit. The camera body itself was huge – the size of a medium tackle box and it was attached to a unit so large, it came with a harness to carry it over his shoulder. The video tape used was one of those paperback novel-sized VHS cassettes. Navy Seals have stormed beaches with less gear slung across their backs.

Soon, video cameras were downsized into smaller, downsized units with better battery life and capable of digitally storing the images instead of putting them on video tape. The first digital “still” camera I owned wouldn’t take videos, but today’s digital cams all have the capability.

The last video shot on my boat was made by a guy holding his cell phone. He was young enough that I doubt he would know what a VHS cassette was if I’d handed him one.

Still, regardless of the equipment used, most of the videos made on my boat, on most boats, have one thing in common.  They are lousy productions. Sure back at home my brother and I got a kick out of watching ourselves on TV. I’m sure all the other videos shot on my boat were fun for the participants to watch, but the production will certainly not win an Emmy or go viral on the Internet.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with making videos for personal use only, but making better productions that are enjoyable, entertaining and fun to watch by any fisherman isn’t all that hard to do.

If you would like to bring the videos you shoot to a higher level, read my column in the Sept. 9 edition of Michigan Outdoor News.

Prepare to go viral!

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