Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bird Photography

Birds are great subjects for photographers because of their beauty and the graceful movements.  Capturing photos of birds can be difficult, but it adds a tremendous visual impact to any picture.

Photo by Vinoth Chandar.

It's not difficult to find your first subject, since you can find birds pretty much anywhere on the planet.  You can start in your own backyard, or a nearby park.  Bird feeders are a great way to attract them to where you want them to be.

Photo by Acrylic Artist.

Birds are shy creatures, so be sure to bring along at least a 200mm lens and a tripod. If you want to catch them in flight, you'll need a camera with a FPS (Frames Per Second) and high ISO results.  You probably won't need, or even be able to use, a flash.  You will definitely need patience.  Remember, you're looking to capture the bird in a natural pose, against a good backdrop, with good lighting. Wild creatures like birds aren't going to go out of their way to help you with any of that.

Photo by Jimmy Davao

You'll have to remain still, or even find a good hiding place, in order to not scare your feathered subjects away.  The best times of day for shooting birds are morning and evening, when the light is the best and birds are at their most active.

Photo by Nandadevieast

Finally, remember not to stress your subjects. Stay away from their nests and never do anything to harm the birds.