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Photography Tips for Bioluminescent Kayaking 

Photographers hoping to capture bioluminescence in nature have said it can be challenging. But not to worry! The team at Calypso Kayaking is here to help you snap these unforgettable moments successfully. On a nighttime tour through Indian River Lagoon, you’ll have ample opportunities to photograph nature’s sparkling wonders from our transparent kayaks. 

Our Best Photography Tips 

  • Bring a Tripod or Camera Clamp 

It may be a bit tricky, but stabilizing your camera is essential for sharp images. A portable, bendable tripod can easily be attached to your paddle or kayak. 

  • Mode: Night  

Modern digital cameras and phones have various modes. Select the night mode feature to effectively capture the surreal glow of tiny bioluminescent creatures without washing it out. 

  • Mode: Manual  

Capturing bioluminescent beauty in nature requires shooting in manual mode. This allows better control of the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. 

  • Wide Aperture 

A low f-number or wide aperture helps you capture the glistening effect of bioluminescent organisms. An f-stop of f/2.8 or lower is ideal.  

  • Slow Shutter Speed  

Bioluminescent creatures move rapidly and unpredictably. To capture them in a photo, use a slow shutter speed of at least 10 seconds. 

  • High ISO  

As always, an ISO of 800 to 3200 is crucial for nighttime photography to minimize noise and graininess.  

  • Patience  

As previously stated, bioluminescent organisms move quickly and in varied directions. It can take some time to get the perfect shot. Focus on enjoying the experience while you wait for the perfect moment. 

  • After the Tour  

Use photo editing software to enhance your final photos’ contrast, color, and clarity. 

Glow with the Flow – Book a Calypso Kayaking Bioluminescent Tour  

Get ready for your exciting journey by contacting our helpful team today. The magic of bioluminescence is waiting for you!  

Manatee Cove
4905 N. Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, Fl. 32953
Reservations are required.