If you've decided to have a go at taking decent bird photos, there's a good chance you've already made some attempts using equipment you already own, such as an old film SLR camera or a compact digital camera. If you're a birdwatcher, you may have tried using your digital camera to take photos through your spotting scope (a technique known as 'digiscoping').
One of the best things you can do early on is to spend a lot of time photographing birds that are easy to get at: bird table visitors, wildfowl at your local park and birds in zoos or private collections. If you're a birdwatcher, this is going to seem pretty boring compared with trying to photograph the rarer species you're used to seeking out, but it's important to understand that to take great bird photos, you need to be able to see the image, not the bird. Soft targets: Easily accessible birds provide great opportunities to develop your technique.
In your early attempts, the main things to concentrate on are mastering the basics of controlling your gear to get sharp, well-exposed, pictures of these easy subjects.
Framing: The original shot (above) doesn't work as a composition, because the bird is positioned too centrally and there's too much clutter in the frame, but cropping (below) shows the shot needn't be rejected.
If there's something else in the image that's sharp, but the bird looks generally fuzzy, it's probably a focusing problem.
You can use a tripod, monopod, beanbag or some other improvised support to reduce camera movement.
You can practise your 'long lens technique', with a gentle shutter action, to improve your ability to hand-hold your gear. You can use maximum aperture (and possibly a higher ISO setting) so that you can increase your shutter speed to freeze the movement better (eventually, you will want to use a low ISO setting to minimize noise in your images but, for now, this is less critical). If only the bird, or part of the bird, shows directional blur, this is caused by subject movement. Subject movement: The wire fence is sharp both horizontally and vertically, as are the bird's legs, but the body and head are blurred due to the bird twisting sideways during the exposure. If your camera can display a histogram view of your images, check that the distribution of pixel brightnesses is as far to the right as possible, without any 'clipping' of the brightest values. Overexposure: The histogram shows the bunching of pixels on the right-hand side, with a large number of pixels having the highest brightness value. If your histogram is shifted too far to the right or left, try using a little bit of exposure compensation to overcome this. Correct exposure: The histogram shows a good distribution of pixels across all brightness values, with no pixels being 'clipped' at the highest and lowest brightness values. Once you've taken some shots that look good on your camera screen, transfer them to your computer and open them up in your image editor. Don't be tempted to spend too long at this stage trying to rescue images in your image editor. Once you've managed to take sharp, well-exposed images, the next step is to concentrate on the design of your images. The chances are, your early attempts had the bird positioned centrally in the frame, or with the bird's eye positioned under the central focusing point. Subject placement: The original image (top) had a poor composition, but cropping in the image editor enables this to be re-framed. Pose: Try to capture the bird in an appealing or unusual pose, or doing something interesting, such as hunting, preening, displaying, flying or feeding.
Background: Either go for an 'environmental shot' that depicts the bird in its typical habitat or try to get a uniform or uncluttered background so that the bird stands out clearly (long telephoto lenses make this much easier). Simplicity: Where possible, reduce the composition so that it is made up of the minimum number of elements.
Size: If you can get close enough to the bird, think about whether a close crop - getting the bird, or even just part of the bird, to fill the frame - would make the image more dynamic, or whether it's better to give the bird some surrounding space.


Aesthetics: Look for factors such as line, shape, pattern, colour and texture to give your image a more artistic feel. Canon says the sensor in the camera allows it to shoot Full HD video while subjects are illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all the adventurous outdoor photographers out there.
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I really love the combination of street photography and rain, since rain changes the mood and the city completely. If so, you've probably concluded from the dot in the middle of the picture that you need something with more magnification. If so, you will have experienced the difficulties inherent in the technique: 'locking on' to your target, aligning camera and scope, minimizing equipment vibrations and timing the shot. Be aware, though, that it's a big subject and the people who have mastered it can be reluctant to share what they've had to learn the hard way. You need lots of practice taking photos of 'easy' birds, so that you will be able to make the most of the situation when you get close to something a bit more exciting.
Don't be disheartened if the images don't turn out as well as you'd hoped: look at each image critically and see if you can work out exactly why it didn't work out, then try the same shot again with the benefit of what you've learned.
In this case, try the shot again, but concentrate on exactly where the autofocus point is located. In this case, you can still try the third option above, but an alternative is to try to time your picture taking to coincide with the brief moments when the bird stops moving. Try a few combinations of cropping, brightness levels adjustment and sharpening and see if there's anything you're really happy with. You can try submitting your images to one of the on-line forums that has photo critique facilities (e.g. Even if it means losing a perfect photo opportunity, the interests of the birds and their environment must come first. Canon dropped a bombshell this morning by announcing the new Canon ME20F-SH, a multi-purpose camera that has a maximum ISO of over 4,000,000.


The 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor in the camera was actually first announced back in 2013, and the low-light capabilities wowed the photography world at the time. They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. A 60TB drive would be massive by any standard, but the latest Seagate SAS drive is mind-blowing for one other very important reason: it's a solid state drive.
In it, you see how an $8 IKEA table turns into a full-fledged product photo booth with just a few modifications and some creative foam board placement.
Louis Post-Dispatch who won the Pulitzer Prize with his paper this year for his coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Then yesterday, while covering an event at the Olympics yesterday, Costello spotted the thief pretending to be him. Photographer Aaron Anderson has put together a lighting tutorial that will show you how he uses one light, a black flag, and a white card to capture beautiful, dramatic headshots. The Canon 1D X Mark II squares off against the Nikon D5 in a series of tests including sports shooting and hand-held low-light high ISO street photography. You will also have realized that the technique is more suited to capturing record shots than high-quality images. The beauty of digital is that you can do all of this in the same session: find somewhere shaded where you can review your first shots on your camera's LCD screen. See if you can see why it caused the image to be under-exposed or over-exposed on this occasion. That said, even the best captures need some post-processing, so don't feel you're cheating by doing this. You can make a huge difference to the impact of your images simply by making sure the bird is positioned well in relation to the overall frame. Since the launch of the EOS M, Canon has been trying to quell the dissatisfaction of consumers who lament about the lens selection, which until recently has been limited to the EF-M 18-55mm and EF-M 22mm. Last Friday, Carson was contacted by what appears to be a CBS account on Twitter that regularly Tweets requests for image usage. Incredibly creative, he frequently manages to surprise and delight us with his unusual portrait assignments. A few bird photographers have mastered this technique to the extent that they can produce excellent images. If you filled the frame with a white swan, your meter will have under-exposed this to make it a grey swan unless you added in some positive exposure compensation. You can achieve this either in-camera, by using alternative focus points (or manual focus) to place the bird in an interesting position, or at the post-processing stage by using your image editor to crop your pictures differently. If not, try zooming in a little bit and see if you can see a 'cropped' composition that would work.
The first of these can be very difficult to do in the heat of the moment in the field; the second can lead to reduced image quality if the cropped area is much smaller than full-frame.
I'd recommend using both of these techniques in combination to get the composition you want.




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