So in addition to the challenge of improving your fly cast, there is the additional challenge the best approach to filming so your casting instructor can review your fly casting video and give you feedback.
This 5-minute video demonstrate various options to film. Especially, when you don’t have the option to film your forward-cast and back-cast unrolling.
Thanks to Jonathan Walter for the following guidelines on filming. Good stuff!
TIPS FOR CASTING VIDEOS (Revised 5/23/2020)
- Always look at your video
- Before you leave the casting field
- Make sure it shows what you want it to
- But don’t get into “perfection paralysis.”
- Have a contrasting background, especially when filming the loops
- The background is not just opposite you; it is also 12-15 ft. above you so one can see the loop and line
- Evergreen trees are great
- Buildings can be OK
- Deciduous trees are OK during summertime
- Have a brightly colored fly line
- Orange is best for you, your students, and examiners
- Yellow is OK
- The sun must illuminate the caster and the fly line
- Sun shining on caster so that the shadow is on the non-dominant side is best
- Get as close as you can to this while optimizing background and dealing with wind/obstacles
- The light angle in winter and early spring is tough—do the best you can
- Best if filmed when the sun is not directly above. So that mid-morning to mid-afternoon is a good alternative. You will just need to find your spot and sort out the best time to film.
- The casting arm should face the camera usually
- There are exceptions, such as filming for tracking error, slackline presentations, reach mends and others
- The camera angle should be optimal for whatever is you want to accent
- It is not always necessary to see the whole loop
- Frame caster from the waist up and get at least 2/3-3/4 of the fly rod to assess the individual’s casting stoke
- When trying to video the loop, get at least the point where the line/leader connection crosses the rod tip
- Resolution and software
- Keep the lens clean (don’t ask me how I know this 😊)
- Don’t forget to focus, on most mobile devices tap on the screen where you want to focus the camera
- Coach’s Eye Application works best on Android and IOS Mobile Devices
- Hudl Technique works on IOS mobile devices. Hudl Technique does not work on Androids. Yes, this is a bummer.
- Coach’s Eye software does not easily allow you to trim out unnecessary parts of the video, Hudl Technique does
- Consider video on an iPad or smartphone, trim in the software native to the video device, then upload to Coach’s eye
- Miscellaneous but important
- Hard to see the screen through polarized glasses
- Hard to see the screen outdoors
- Screens best viewed in a shadow, consider using an umbrella
- There are ways to connect a mobile device to a television screen via an HDMI connector.