Avoiding the fail whale.
August 26, 2010 6:10 PM Subscribe
How do I take great pictures on a whale watch?
posted by dayintoday to science & nature (14 answers total)
The mister and I are going whale watching soon off of Gloucester, MA. I have a DSLR, but I'm not terribly skilled with it just yet. How can I take the best pictures possible with what I've got?
Here's what I've got:
-Canon Rebel XSi
-18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (the kit lens)
-50mm f/1.8 (nifty fifty, no IS)
I know how to use the various manual settings (Av, Tv, ISO, white balance, etc.), and sometimes I know when to use them. But I don't really know what settings are best for this type of photography, or even which lens will be my best bet. The nifty fifty is lovely, but doesn't have the stabilization that the kit lens has. Is 50mm or 55mm even long enough for this?
What settings? Which lens?
Also, where should I be in relation to the sun to get the best lighting? Stick to the usual "sun behind you" rule?