10 Quick Tips On Photographing Garden Birds

Written by Gina Stephens

Tip 1: Reach For A Extensive Lens

You'll need a telephoto zoom (300-400mm) for capturing frame-filling shots and a tripod is essential. If you have one, fasten on your ball-head but it's not necessary. 


Tip 2: Know Where All Your Buttons & Functions Are 

Know your equipment well before heading furthest as you don't want to be searching for buttons and messing around with settings when you only have seconds to take a shot.

Tip 3: Get Seal To Your Subject 

You will need to be quite close to the birds even if you are using a lens with plenty of reach as they are absolutely tiny things and can be easily lost in your background.

Tip 4: Keep Hidden When Possible 

Make sure you cache out of sight in either a purpose built hide or try shooting from your house or from an out building such as a shed.

Tip 5: Cater The Birds 

Make sure you have feeders out, particularly at this time of year when food's a little scarce. This bequeath encourage birds to regularly visit your garden for food. 

Tip 6: Think About Feeder Position 

OK feeders in areas where branches or even ready-made perches you want them to land on are positioned. That way they'll, sanguinely, land on the branch in front of your chosen background before going for the food.


Tip 7: Change Your Props 

Change-over the style of perch you're using to bring a bit of variety to your shots after a while.

Tip 8: Think About Backgrounds may refer to: Background (journalism) Computer wallpaper Cultural heritage Ethnic background Field (heraldry), background of a 

Hedges pass great natural looking backgrounds but don't let the scenery overshadow your subject. For those with fences and walls rather than hedgerows try gather together a few sheets of material that can help disguise it. 

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Tip 9: Focus Is Key 

Pay attention to the tips of tail feathers as these can enhance out of focus.

Tip 10: Be Patient 

Don't be too eager to hit the shutter button the second a bird lands as they're nervous living thing physicals and it may take them a while to become comfortable with their surroundings.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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