Sky is a field photographer’s best friend, especially blue sky. By sky-linking your trophy’s antlers you accomplish two things. For one, you will capture a clear account of the trophy quality of your animal. Secondly, by consciously putting blue sky in the background you will also avoid the tendency to sit right behind your trophy’s antler, erasing any benefit of taking the time to skyline his rack.
Sit to the side and slightly behind the animal with the head tipped forward instead of level or nose tipped up. This is the best head position for a tall racked animal. Some do not like seeing firearms/bows resting on the animal, but it can help frame and balance out the photo.
Shade across the face from the bill of hats is hard to work around and even harder for the hunter to detect. It’s the job of the person behind the camera to have them tip their hat up.
Field photos are intended to be memories of the hunt and the hunted. Beyond the animals taken the country in which they lived and you visited are equally valuable to keep with you past the hunt.