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The experience of photographing while kayaking can be very rewarding, but there are a few precautions to take. BeHow to take wildlife photographycause of the obvious risk using expensive camera equipment while on the water, you need to approach kayak photography carefully to assure you do not drop your equipment in the water, or damage your equipment from splashing water onto it while paddling.

Maintaining stability long enough to get a good shot when your kayak is rocking up and down on the waves can prove to be challenging. The greater the width of a kayak, the more stability and the less likely it is to tip over. Using a tripod can improve the sharpness of your photos. However, a photographer risks losing his camera equipment using a tripod. Some recreational kayaks are wide, so they offer a little stability, but keep in mind there may be the inevitable rocking movement from boat wakes or from sudden gusts of wind. Occasionally you can overturn while getting in and out of your kayak, but tipping over isn’t likely once you are in your kayak, unless you shift your weight suddenly.

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When you have an expensive camera in your hand, always wear the camera strap around your neck to prevent dropping the camera in the water. Most importantly, wear a lifejacket and use a paddle leash to prevent your paddle from drifting off, if you set it down to snap a quick shot.

 

 

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