Essential Tips To Improve Your Bird Photography Skills

Nov 26, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Essential Tips To Improve Your Bird Photography Skills

Nov 26, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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bird-photography1 Photographing wildlife takes a lot of patience coupled with a decent amount skill, and photographing birds is no exception. If you’ve been thinking about giving bird photography a try, or are just looking for ways to improve your shots, this quick fire video posted on Paulo Carvalho’s YouTube page  is full of tips to help you out. The clip is just under three minutes long and is packed full of useful tips from start to finish. 

Quick Tips For Better Bird Photography

  • Be fast and focused.
  • Visit a local bird sanctuary for a better chance to get close to the birds.
  • A 55-300mm lens is a great starting lens for wildlife photography.
  • When using a tripod, find one that has a smooth ball head that is easy to adjust–you’ll need to be fast to avoid missing a shot!
  • An unlcuttered background helps keep focus on the bird. Using a shallow depth of field is one way to help achieve this.
  • Focus on the bird’s eyes. Just like any kind of portrait, they eyes have to be sharp!
  • If you’re photographing flying birds, use a fast shutter speed (to freeze their movement) and wide aperture to help achieve a shallow depth of field.
  • Shoot in continuous mode to capture a rapid succession of frames as the bird is flying to help you capture the perfect shot.
  • Don’t zoom in so tight that you are can’t fit the entire bird in frame, including it’s wings.

Photographing Birds

The list above doesn’t include all the tips covered in the video and the presenter also expands on some of the advice to give you a clear understanding of why specific tips work. You’ll hear Nikon mentioned a few times in the video, as this appears to be produced by Nikon, but the advice that is shared stands true to just about any brand of DSLR you use. Have a look:

http://youtu.be/B4BT4kBCT7w

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2 responses to “Essential Tips To Improve Your Bird Photography Skills”

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    Sam

    Going to a bird sanctuary and shooting tame birds pretty much eliminates the need for the most important wildlife photography skills … I was hoping for tips on how to manage in a realistic setting, not with tame birds. Perhaps you can do an article on that too.

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      Tiffany Mueller

      Hi Sam, I think that sounds like a great idea! I’ll see what I can do. :)