There is nothing more challenging than trying to take a still photo of a bird in flight. In this blog post I want to hit on a few key tips for making this challenge a little more easier. First of all you must have patience. This is probably the most important aspect to wildlife photography. Without it, you are not going to get that photo that you have always dreamed of taking.
Lighting plays a very important part in photography. Capturing a photo, wether it is an action shot or a still shot, light is what photography is all about. Never shoot into the sun. Your best shots will be on an overcast day.
Keeping a low profile is also another key element to wildlife photography. Most animals will not stick around if they see you. And keeping your distance is very important if you want to get a great shot. Try never to disturb an animal in the wild. A good photographer will get the shot without causing the animal to run or hide. Choosing the correct lens to get the reach you need will help you to accomplish this. I use a Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens and it has quite the reach, along with not breaking your pocket book.
Free hand shooting is the best for action but if you have to use a tripod you need to use a pan head. That way you can pan and move the camera along with the bird or animal as it moves.
But the most important tip I can give you is making sure your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the animal or bird in flight without blur. Set you shutter speed to at least 1/1000 of a second to 1/2000 of a second or faster if your camera is capable of doing so. The faster the better.
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Until next time….