On this video aimed at beginners Sian Lewis (from NPhoto) gives a few useful tips for shooting birds (we also added a few of our own).
Shooting birds for the first time might look complicated and it does require some practice and skill but the good news is that with enough patience almost anybody can learn how to do it. The video itself is worth watching even just for the beautiful slow motion images of the birds.
Here are some of the tips:
- A great place to start might be a falcon center or animal center where you can get much closer to the birds than you will probably could in nature.
- If you can shoot with a tripod (or a monopod) with an easy to move ballhead (or if you can afford it – a gimbal).
- A telephoto (or telephoto zoom lens) is typically a must.
- Use continuous shooting and AF-C (on Nikon cameras) to best capture birds in flight.
- Shoot as much as you can – you will have more chance to catch interesting moments.
- Try to compose your images where the bird has enough space (don’t crop too hard) and leave enough space in the direction of its flight.
We have covered the topic of bird photography extensivly here on LensVid including How to Photograph Birds – an Extended Guide, How to Photograph Song Birds, How to Photograph Birds in Flight and Bird and Wildlife Photography Gear Guide and Tips.
You can find many more helpful photography tips and techniques on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.