Kayaking is a great kayak for those who want to experience nature in a new way. When kayaking, you have the opportunity to explore remote areas that are not easily accessible by other means of transportation. This blog post will show you how kayakers can capture stunning photography from kayaks and share their adventures with others.
Choosing the right spot
Choosing the right spot for kayaking is a big part of getting good photography from kayaks. You want to take photos that are going to be interesting and show off the beauty of nature you have encountered on your kayak trip. One important thing to consider before heading out in your kayak is local weather conditions, which will affect what type of camera equipment you should bring with you.
Try Telephoto Lens
A photographer who sets up shop at an ocean shoreline may find themselves photographing waves crashing against rocks or seagulls flying overhead. A great way to get these shots would be bringing along a telephoto lens so they can capture details even when shooting long distances away from their subject matter while using low-light settings to chase the natural light.
Bring Along A Zoom Lens
A kayak photographer who has traveled inland may find themselves photographing birds in a forest canopy or deer on a woodland trail. This type of kayaker should bring along a zoom lens to capture their subject matter quickly and at close range while using high-light settings so they can take advantage of the incredible nature around them.
Carry Fewer Items
The kayaks are usually smaller than boats, which means you will need less equipment (and weight) for your kayaking excursion because everything is compacted into one space where it’s easy to get access to it all. The size difference also makes photography from kayaks more challenging but that just adds another element of fun when attempting new things like this! To make sure you are kayaking in the best possible conditions for photography, you should pack a waterproof case that is always with your camera and check the forecast before heading out.
Be Aware of the Surroundings
You will need to be aware of your surroundings when kayaking because it’s easy to lose sight of where you’re going if you get lost in capturing an amazing shot! Remember not to become so focused on what might happen around or below your kayak that you don’t notice what’s happening right next to it. When kayakers take photos from their kayaks, they usually use long-zoom lenses which require less effort than other types of kayaker cameras like DSLRs. Keeping the kayak stable can also be challenging but steadying yourself by leaning against objects such as trees or rocks can help.
Carry A Waterproof case
Pack a waterproof case that is always with your camera and be aware of what might happen around or below the kayak, especially in rough waters when visibility is low. When kayakers take photos from their kayaks, they usually use long-zoom lenses which require less effort than other types of kayaker cameras like DSLRs. Keeping the kayak stable can also be challenging but steadying yourself by leaning against objects such as trees or rocks can help. Remember not to become so focused on what might happen around or below your kayak that you don’t notice what’s happening right next to it!
Action Shots and Manual Mode
Action shots can be tricky to capture kayak photography but it’s not impossible. If the kayaker wants an action shot, they would need a very fast shutter speed and quick recovery time from any water droplets on the lens of their camera in order to avoid blurring or distortion. Manual mode can also provide better control for kayakers who want to take photos because they get more exposure options as well as manual focus if needed.
For shots that require lots of detail, use a zoom lens with high magnification capabilities. For other types of kayaking photographs such as scenic views or animals near the kayak, try using your widest angle setting which will make sure all elements are captured easily without having to contend with anything close-up (especially when there is a lack of light).
Kayakers often use manual mode to take photos. This offers them more flexibility and control over their shots. There are two main techniques for better kayaking photography: shooting with a long shutter speed or using fast bursts of shots when photographing rapid motion (even if some aren’t in focus).
The kayaker’s position is key to capturing the perfect kayaking photo. Try kneeling on one knee and stretching your other leg out for stability while you lean over with a long lens, or try sitting in the kayak seat dipping just below water level (keeping your feet up can help keep them from getting wet) to get an interesting point-of-view shot. The kayaker doesn’t always have time when they’re paddling through rapids, but if there are opportunities before white water action starts then take advantage of it! Take pictures along the way as well – scenic views, wildlife such as birds at sea life near shorelines or fish jumping right alongside their kayaks could make excellent images that will capture the kayaker’s journey.
Tips for taking photos from a kayak
Kayaking cameras are usually waterproof and durable, but it’s a good idea to place the kayak camera in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware container for extra protection.
Keep your kayaker camera close at hand so that you can quickly snap photos without taking off any gear from your upper body (save time when paddling!)
Be sure to keep an eye out for low branches as these may get tangled up in your kayak photography equipment!
If possible, try to take pictures while looking back over one shoulder – this will give you better visibility of what is happening behind you.
Follow the rules set by your local wildlife agency
If you’re kayaking in a federally-protected wildlife area, it’s recommended that you be at least 100 yards away from any endangered species.
You can avoid this problem by taking photos from the water instead of kayak photography equipment on land.
Additionally, make sure to abide by all other state and local regulations for kayaking!
It has been said that “a picture paints a thousand words” – kayaker photographers have the opportunity to capture sights and sounds of nature that encapsulate a kayakers experience. When kayak photos are taken correctly, they can truly be breathtaking and awe-inspiring – sometimes depicting scenes from an entirely new perspective!
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.