Tips to Help Your Bird Photography Pt 1

I am no expert on taking pictures of birds, in fact I have just really started in the genre. Bird photography is one of the most popular  areas of photography for beginner photographers. As a young boy I remember getting out the camera, film in those days and taking pictures of birds in my back garden.

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Taking the picture is really easy, but getting a nice photograph at times can get tricky. So I have put together tips from my limited experience that is working for me. Bird photography is a ongoing learning curve, when you think you have cracked it, think again.

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  1. Patience: Number one, it takes time, so be in a rush. It is a waiting game, but if you put the following tips in place that gem of a shot will come.
  2. Use your back garden: My your back garden bird user friendly. Build a bird feeding station to attract the birds to you. Build perches nearby the feeding station. So the birds can land on for you to take pictures before they feed.
  3. Know the Birds: Read all you can about birds, get to know their habits, how they       feed, what time of the day do they feed. This is very important has a bird photographer, give you the opportunity to be ready to capture the perfect image.
  4. Camera Settings: The camera settings for best performance. Continuous drive to get off multi shots. This will maximize your chances of getting a nice shot. Set camera to AF-C for Nikon and AI Servo mode for Cannon. This will help the camera to continually focus and track the moving bird as long as the bird remains in AF-frame.  Single point auto focus, set the AF point to the center, setting AF point expansion (Canon), Dynamic AF-Area mode (Nikon) will allow you to expand the Auto Focus Points, and thus make it easier to track a moving bird. I set the ISO to auto, the reason for this is sometimes the light may change, making it difficult to get the ISO setting correctly. Shutter speed, I use over 1/1000 of a second or even higher. Aperture set lowest as possible, f/2.8. My lenses don’t go that low so I use f/5.6.Use your camera to take movies of the birds, this has worked for me. A little tricky at first but the process is coming together.DSC_4929_00001These are just a few basic tips that I have found work me, give them a try. You may need to play around with the settings to suit your own style.

    My Camera Equipment, not expensive but does the job:

Nikon D300, D3200

Nikon Lens: 18-55mm, 55-300mm

I will post part two at a later date.

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