Useful Tips on Bird Photography
If you’re looking for useful tips on bird photography, you have come to the right place. A few simple and easy to follow tips below will help you make beautiful bird photos and who knows, have them even published by a respected magazine.
Tip #1: Determine What You Want
Birds are extremely difficult to find and even more difficult to capture in an ideal pose. All the bird photos you see in magazines are a result of many hours of patient waiting but they are also a result of lots of preparation. Rather than going into the woods and hoping to get lucky, determine what bird species would you like to photograph and where you are most likely to find them.
Tip #2: Educate Yourself About Birds and Their Habits
Knowing where to find particular bird species may not be enough to make great bird photos. You also need to know when they are most active, their eating and resting habits, etc.. and be at the right place at the right time of the day (or night if you would like to photograph owls for instance).
Tip #3: Start in Your Garden or Local Park
You will not only be able to make photos the very same day but you will also be able to learn more about birds’ behaviour and test your camera. Just imagine sitting in the woods the entire day to make only to discover that your camera is not good enough or that you don’t know yet how to use it properly.
Tip #4: Don’t Wait but Shoot
Most birds don’t stand still for a second. So don’t wait for the perfect pose but shoot immediately you see “your bird” as many times as possible. From ten shots, one will most certainly look good.
Tip #5: Don’t Try to Get Too Near
Remember that birds see two to three times better than you. In addition, they are usually somewhere high enough to be able to see just about every movement below. If you try to get too near, they will simply fly away. You are therefore recommended to resist the temptation to get just a little bit closer to the bird if you don’t want to scare it off.
Tip #6: Be Quiet and Walk Softly
Don’t count on seeing and much less making any bird photos if you are speaking and walking loudly. Try to be as quiet as possible and walk softly because it is the only way to approach the birds close enough to be able to make photos.
Tip #7: Be Persistent
It takes a lot of effort to find best locations to photograph birds and even more to make good photos. You are therefore recommended to keep trying and be persistent. You will get better with every photo you make.