Bird photography is undoubtedly challenging. There are many bird photography workshops that cover everything from photography tips to the art of photography. But you should not expect all of them to be detailed enough. Many workshops do not contain as much information for an amateur bird photographer. There are some steps which should be followed to attain mastery over photography.
Camera gear perhaps is the most important part of wild bird photography. You should forget about taking pictures of birds with a point and shoot or a DSLR with a wide angle lens. If you want to shoot wild birds, you should prepare for an investment in a fast DSLR camera and one or more telephoto lens. You may ask what DSLR is suitable for fast-action photography? In reply, it can be said that a fast camera, able to handle at least 1/2000 of a second shutter speed with 6 to 9 fps (frames per second). If you are looking for best results with a good autofocus system for quick focus acquisition. Any modern DSLR is able to shoot at 1/2000 of a second and faster. If you possess an entry-level DSLR, you might be deprived of a good shot as your camera is not fast enough. The speed of focus acquisition both on camera and lens are also important.
Maintaining fast shutter speed, particularly for birds in flight and small birds which move very fast is something very important. It is not possible for you to fix the motion blur in post production. In some situations, photographers shoot at slightly slower shutter speeds in order to get the bird’s wings slightly blurred. It can create a feeling of motion. In other cases, you may want to freeze the bird completely in order to freeze the action. If you want to achieve this, you need to set my shutter speed to a minimum of 1/800-1/1600. Most of the digital SLR cameras have “manual” mode; “shutter priority” and “program” mode. Aperture priority is the most used camera model in general.
When you have arranged your equipment, you should find birds to capture. It would be better to start with the most common birds like finches, sparrows, and robins that are used to people. You need to develop some skills and techniques by capturing them sitting on benches, eating, sleeping and flying. The best time for photography is either during the time of sunrise, late afternoons. The same thing should be applied to birds. Morning is the best time for bird photography. In the morning you will get various kinds of birds because this time birds go out to search food.
You should be tricky while approaching the birds. If you are not experienced enough, the birds may fly away out of fear. Therefore, if you are the starter and do not have many experiences, you should learn the tricks from online wildlife photography magazines, wildlife photography workshops etc.
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