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Bird Photography Tips

In Flight

  1. Before trying to photograph a flying bird set the focus mode to continues focusing.
  2. Choose shutter speed fast 1/1000s or higher to freeze the action.

Get up Close

  1. When visiting a bird century or zoo you may get the chance for some stunning photos
  2. Use soft flash to add radiance to the animals.

From a Distance

  1. When you’re out in the world happen across a bird that is captivating you.
  2. Use a shallow depth of field (f/2.8f/5.6)

Freeze Motion

  1. Birds on the move create a stunning image you might want to increase iso (800-1600) so you can apply a smaller aperture.

Capture Moment

  1. Showing an object motion is always an arresting image
  2. Slower shutter speed (1/60s).


  1. Water duck is interesting.
  2. You’ll need a fast telephoto zoom of 100mm to 30mm, move shutter speed (1/500s) or faster, and perhaps set at ISO 400 looking flattering backlit.

Wild Turkeys

  1. Wild turkeys can be found near farms, at the minimum an 85mm to 20mm zoom lens should be used and an ISO of 100 or 200 should work.

Hawks, Eagles, and Owls

Hawks Eagles and Owls are birds of prey and present a difficult challenge.
You’ll need an extremely fast and long fluid head tripod if you can train yourself to recognize the hawk shape instead present you don’t see it and head in a direction that will bring you closer.
Overexpose the bird by 2/3,
Evaluative metering and exposure effectively too.

Recommended settings:

Fast shutter speed 1/500s
Choosing sports mode or multi short speed of 1/60s -1/200s.

Recommended Equipment:

Image stabilization is a handy feature to keep shots sharp and clear. Camouflage can be used to be less conspicuous.


Photographing birds requires patience and skill.
If you are a beginner try to easier subjects like pigeons in the park etc.
Remember that you need to fill the frame as much as possible with the bird to make an interesting frame
Zoom it necessary.

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