Composition, Part 17

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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 while shooting.  Ninety-nine percent of the time I do my composing on my computer during post processing.  I’ll talk more about this in the post processing article soon to come.  [Also, please remember that my style of bird photography leans toward the close up style—not landscape.  Folks who shoot landscape shots with birds in them will need to pay much more attention to composition in the camera].

Just keep in mind as you are taking shots of birds and wildlife, to leave plenty of room on the side of the picture where the creature is facing or flying toward.  The bird’s eyes or bill should be nowhere near the border of an image for most bird shots if it’s facing to the left or right.  The bird needs somewhere to look, walk, fly, or run, in the image.  And remember, in some situations the bird can be moved around the image in post processing.

I’ll also cover a little about the “Rule of Thirds” in post processing.

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Bird Photography Equipment (1)

DSLR Features for Bird Photography (2)

Memory Cards for Cameras (3)

Lenses for Bird Photography (4)

Bird Photography Accessories (5)

Tripod or Monopod? (6)

More Accessories for Bird Photography (7)

Software Introduction for Bird Photography (8)

Introduction to Capturing Bird Images (9)

JPG or RAW? (10)

Shooting Bird Photos (11)

Camera Exposure Modes (12)

Other Camera Settings and Features (13)

Exif Data (14)

Depth of Field and Aperture (15)

Best Time to Photograph Birds (16)

Getting Close in Bird Photography (18)

Backgrounds in Bird Photography (19)

Using External Flash when Photographing Birds (20)

Photographing Birds in Flight (21)

Lightroom 3: Hub of my Workflow (22)

Processing Images in Lightroom 3 (23)

Processing Images in Lightroom 3 (24)

From Lightroom to Plugins (25)

Using Lightroom to Upload Images (26)


 

 

Posted in

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 while shooting.  Ninety-nine percent of the time I do my composing on my computer during post processing.  I’ll talk more about this in the post processing article soon to come.  [Also, please remember that my style of bird photography leans toward the close up style—not landscape.  Folks who shoot landscape shots with birds in them will need to pay much more attention to composition in the camera].

Just keep in mind as you are taking shots of birds and wildlife, to leave plenty of room on the side of the picture where the creature is facing or flying toward.  The bird’s eyes or bill should be nowhere near the border of an image for most bird shots if it’s facing to the left or right.  The bird needs somewhere to look, walk, fly, or run, in the image.  And remember, in some situations the bird can be moved around the image in post processing.

I’ll also cover a little about the “Rule of Thirds” in post processing.

<<Previous Article                                                                                     Next Article >>

Bird Photography Equipment (1)

DSLR Features for Bird Photography (2)

Memory Cards for Cameras (3)

Lenses for Bird Photography (4)

Bird Photography Accessories (5)

Tripod or Monopod? (6)

More Accessories for Bird Photography (7)

Software Introduction for Bird Photography (8)

Introduction to Capturing Bird Images (9)

JPG or RAW? (10)

Shooting Bird Photos (11)

Camera Exposure Modes (12)

Other Camera Settings and Features (13)

Exif Data (14)

Depth of Field and Aperture (15)

Best Time to Photograph Birds (16)

Getting Close in Bird Photography (18)

Backgrounds in Bird Photography (19)

Using External Flash when Photographing Birds (20)

Photographing Birds in Flight (21)

Lightroom 3: Hub of my Workflow (22)

Processing Images in Lightroom 3 (23)

Processing Images in Lightroom 3 (24)

From Lightroom to Plugins (25)

Using Lightroom to Upload Images (26)


 

 

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