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Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Getting Close to Birds, Part 18

Getting Close to Birds How close you get to your subject has a direct relationship to the quality and sharpness of your bird images.  The more pixels the bird has in it, the better.  I’m not saying to pass up the shot just because the critter isn’t perched at your lens’s ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Composition, Part 17

Composition There are whole books written on composition so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here.  Most of the time bird photographers who shoot birds in the wild without using perch setups, don’t get close enough with a 400mm lens to have to worry about it much whi ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Best Time to Photograph Birds, Part 16

The Best Time to Photograph Birds Prime times for getting some really awesome light is just as the sun is rising and setting.  At these times, the light is less harsh and it has warm tones that can give images a very good look.  Another advantage of shooting at sunrise and suns ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Aperture and Depth of Field, Part 15

Aperture and Depth of Field   A little review from Part One.  Aperture refers to the physical opening where light enters the lens.  Aperture settings are measured by f-stops: f1.0 up to f32 and even greater.  Generally speaking, a super-wide aperture is f1.0; a super-narr ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 2, 2012

Exif Data, Part 14

Exif Information Exif data is the information your camera writes to your memory card for each image you take (metadata).  The information becomes part of the image file.  The most common Exif data categories are, camera model, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, day an ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on January 31, 2012

Other Camera Settings and Features, Part 13

Camera operation: other camera settings and features Blinkies A feature most newer DSLR’s have is what some call “blinkies.”  This is a nickname for “highlight alert.” (This may be named differently on non-Canon cameras). Somewhere in your camera’s menu this can be ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on January 31, 2012

Camera Operation-Exposure Methods, Part 12

Camera operation: two different exposure methods Learning to operate the camera and to change settings in an instant, depending on the lighting conditions, the bird’s color, the brightness of the bird’s surroundings and background, and whether the bird is moving, is crucial t ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on January 31, 2012

Shooting Bird Photos, Part 11

By now, you’ve made a choice about what file format to shoot in, and you’ve set your camera for the best quality and size image for that format.  You’ve also read about some of the accessories that I use in bird photography.  So we’ve talked about some of the tools need ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on January 31, 2012

JPG or RAW Format?, Part 10

RAW or JPG Image Format? The debate over whether to shoot JPG (short for Joint Photographic Experts Group) images or RAW images, in any kind of photography, has been going on for years.  I use RAW and have since I got my Canon XT in 2005.  There are technical advantages and di ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on January 31, 2012

Introduction to Capturing Bird Images, Part 9

Capturing Bird Images in the Wild I’m going to tackle this subject as if my audience consists entirely of beginning bird photography students even though I know a lot of you have probably been shooting for longer than I have.  If nothing else, some of this segment might gi ... Continue Reading