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  • Bird Photography Tips

    Posted on November 9th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Just like photographing children, photographing birds can be very challenging.  It requires the photographer to be patient, quick and prepared at all times to capture the image.  Here are a few tips to capturing the images of these magnificent creatures.

    1. Location.  Just like any other photo shoot, the location is the most important part.  A photographer can capture birds in any location, but it all depends on what type of birds you want that determines which location to choose.  Most of the times you can just work in your back yard but if you really want to venture out you can go to the woods.  If the location happens to fall on someone’s land, be sure to ask for permission.
    2. As much as you will want it to happen, a bird will not just come up to you and pose.  Instead you must be patient and prepared for a long day.  You will need to be hidden and camouflaged into the woods in order to not startle the birds. Build a hide close to your location and use sticks, bushes, logs, as part of the hide.  Make sure you position the hide at the perfect angle to your focal point and allow enough room for yourself and your equipment.
    3. Like mentioned above, the bird will not just come up to you, instead you will need to coax him onto the perch.  The best way to do so is to lure the bird with food.  Before venturing off, make sure to research what types of birds you may encounter and the particular food they may enjoy.  Set the food either on top of around the perch within an appropriate distance from your lens.
    4. Your equipment is essential, so be prepared before you go on your venture.  Have plenty of camera memory space, fully charged batteries, and a tripod.
    5. The best time of the day to capture your images is either in the morning or in the evening when the light is at its softest.  It is best to adjust your settings to a faster shutter speed as the birds can be startled by the slightest sound.

    Enjoy yourself during this adventure and take many photographs.   Capturing the image of a bird can be time consuming and difficult, but can be fun. If you need a camera for next bird photography session be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com

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