Thursday, 20 February 2014

Bird Photography......Basic know-how, part-i

Photographing birds can give immense pleasure and fun but at the same time it's very challenging too.Today, if you've a decent DSLR and a lens covering focal length 200/250/300mm or a mega zoom point & shoot; it's more than enough to start shooting birds. In the long run you'll learn automatically which camera or lens to get or discard. So, don't worry if the next guy to you shooting with a big gun!

It's the best way to start taking photographs of birds those are readily available. i.e your back-yard birds.You can make some habitat shots or some close-ups of  rather co-operative birds.

Little Cormorant in habitat
Canon 1000D + Canon 55-250
1/400, f5.6, ISO 400

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker
Canon 1000D + Canon 70-300 IS
1/640, f8, ISO 800

Photographing birds in your early days of shooting has its own problems like, where or when to look for birds! But you can mange these basic problems by acquiring little knowledge about your subject and its habitat. By knowing it you can double or triple your chances of encountering your favourite subject.

White-throated Kingfisher
Canon 1000D + canon 55-250
1/500, f5.6, ISO 100

Common KF
Canon 1000D + Canon 55-250
1/200, f5.6, ISO 200

 Few Tips:- 
.Morning and afternoon are the best time to watch/shoot birds coz, at that time they remain busy feeding themselves.
.Look in a wintering forest instead of a dense vegetation; it increases your chances of seeing and shooting.
.Visit your local Wetlands/ Rivers/ Sea-shores; they have great potential for migratory and resident birds. 
                                                                                                                  To be continued....

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