Here are 10 quick tips for bird photography. Print these tips for your next birding trip and let us know how they worked.
- Shutter Speed – Choose a shutter speed between 1/1600 and 1/4000th.
- Watch Your Backgrounds – Stop shooting all your BIF photos against blue or white skies!
- F/stops – Most BIF shots will fall between f/4 and f/8.
- Finding Good Targets – The best way to get flight shots is to find birds that are engaged in predictable, repeatable behavior.
- Exposure Modes – Make sure you pick the correct metering patterns and combination of manual/auto exposure modes to get the shot every time.
- Wind Considerations – Remember: Birds take off and land into the wind. Use this fact to plan your framing.
- AF Settings – Always use AF-C, and use the smallest AF Area Mode that you can successfully keep on the bird.
- Nail Takeoff Shots – Look for signs that a bird is about to take off (turning into the wind, defecating, etc) and increase your shutter speed.
- Other Quick Gear Tips – Turn off IS, use the focus range limiter on your lens, and use the highest framerate that doesn’t compromise tracking or image quality.
- Tracking Tips – There is no substitute for practice. Hone your technique and experience by tracking birds you don’t really care about.
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