Bird Photography Basics: How To Take amazing Shots Of Birds
Bird Photography
November 18, 2019

Wildlife photography is not an easy task. Since the subjects here are moving, you have to be very cautious and patient at the same time to click a desirable shot.

Especially when we talk about Bird photography, it is difficult as the birds are free and you have no clue where they will fly or what are they thinking of doing next. And just like them, you and your camera must be very alert to hit the shutter at the right time. In this blog, you will go through the things you need to know in bird photography, like the equipment, settings, the process, etc. The basics you need to know to take amazing shots of Birds. 


Here Is Everything Basic You Need To Know About Bird Photography:



Camera And Equipment:


Since birds are not very comfortable around people, their actions are going to be very quick. Things will happen almost in a snap of a second. And to capture that you will need a fast action camera. Something that will handle at least 1/2000 seconds of shutter speed. That means any DSLR camera with fast action will be suitable for this type of photography. Canon 7D Mark II and Nikon D500 and two of the most opted choices for Bird (wildlife photography) especially for their fast action. 


Camera Settings:


Motion blur cannot be fixed in post-production, so in bird photography having the right camera settings at the right time is very important. So to capture a very sharp photo of a flying bird you must keep the shutter speed very fast. And to have a little blurry effect on the moving wings you can slightly reduce the shutter speed. To typically freeze your photo, the shutter speed should be something around 1/1000 to 1/1600 in Aperture Priority. Aperture priority mode will let you take full control of the depth of field of your photograph. So when you keep your ISO at minimum, then it's going to be an ideal setting for you to shoot a fast-moving bird. 


Some settings you can follow are:

The image in RAW Quality

NEF (RAW) recording: Type: Lossless compressed

NEF (RAW) bit depth: 14-bit

White Balance: Auto

Active D-Lighting: Off

Vignette Control: Off

High ISO NR: Normal

ISO Sensitivity: 100 (Base ISO), ISO sensitivity auto control




Spotting The Bird


To begin with, you can practice bird photography in the local birds in your area, which happens to be in large quantities. Like the sparrows OR pigeons OR crows. 

Click and many photographs of them as you want, and then review these photos from time to time. Once you feel like you're getting a good hand in managing the camera settings and the timing, then you can actually start going to real locations with exotic birds. When you plan to do that, don't forget the timing that the birds come out, which is mostly during the sunrise. You must also do thorough research on the kind of birds you will find in a place, and what trees do they like to sit on, etc. Bird photography is all about alertness. You just have to look for them and be ready all the time. 





There are certainly many more things in bird photography that you must know about. And we will explain to them in our upcoming blogs. But to begin with, these were the basics you needed the UK to know. Once you start understanding how to go about it, then with enough practice and the right techniques, you will be able to click some amazing Bird Photos. 

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