Tips for Taking Pictures While Whale Watching

Humpback whale lobtailing

Taking pictures while whale watching is harder than it sounds. Before you begin the whale watch, put your camera in sports or action mode, and turn off the flash. If possible, set the shutter speed to 1000-1200 and the ISO to 400 for the best range of shooting. Take pictures just before the whale peaks in its roll, which is usually right after it surfaces and blows air. If you have a DSLR, automatic focus is usually very inefficient when whale watching, as there is a uniformity of color in the water and the sky that confuses the camera’s sensors. In manual mode, however, you will have more success finding the best focus and taking several shots.

If you are ready to go whale watching, call Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours of Plymouth, MA today at (508) 746-2643. Head to our website to see today’s sightings or to buy your whale watching tickets online.

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