As you already know Camino Travel is focused in great trips for great travelers. Some of our most popular trips are for birdwatchers. But it is a very usual combination to find photographers among the birdwatching tours.
Our guides, usually are also into both hobbies.
We found this useful article at http://www.birdingisfun.com/ and here it is for all to enjoy!
My favorite type of bird photography is photographing birds in flight. Above are a few of my photos and here are some tips.
How do photographers get such photos? Many of you are already excellent at photographing birds in flight and have your own ways of doing so. For those still learning, here are a few tips I have found useful. Here’s what you need:– High speed digital SLR cameras like the Canon 7D, or 1D Mark IV or Canon 1D X (which I have). The faster, and the more continuous frames per second your camera will shoot, the better. Get a camera the shoots at least 5 frames per second, preferably more. Know your camera dials and settings very well. For most flight photos you need to have at least 1/500th of a second shutter speed, preferably 1/1000th or more.
Set the ISO high enough to attain this shutter speed. Set the camera on continuous shooting mode. Most people use auto focus for birds in flight. Set the camera focus mode to AI Servo AF. This allows you to focus and lock on the bird as it moves, by depressing the shutter half-way. Put the camera dial on AV (aperture priority) to give enough depth of field to have the whole birds in focus. Most people use an aperture of f/8 in good light, but may go to an aperture of f/5.6 in duller light. To take the photo, depress the shutter all the way.
– Many people are now using the new super zoom point-and-shoot cameras. I use the Canon SX 50 (do not get the SX 60 it is inferior to the SX 50). The Canon SX 50 has a setting called “Sports Mode” which is excellent for birds in flight, just point the camera at the bird and click, the camera does the work for you.
– Good situations for photographing birds in flight, such as open areas of water or open sky where you see birds coming from a distance and can get on them early with your auto focus, plus you will have a clear blue background. Keep the sun at your back. Try to shoot with the birds moving along a predictable flight path that is perpendicular to the front of your lens.– Good eye-hand coordination and fast reflexes. Find the bird by spotting the bird when it is at a distance, and I mean very distant. Do not wait until the bird is close, because by then it will be moving too fast for your to get on it. After you spot it, raise your camera to your eye and lock the auto focus on the bird. Most photographers set the camera’s auto focus selection point (AF point) on the center point because it is the most sensitive of the points and allows you to keep focused on the bird. Also your camera will be less likely to lock onto the background as you try and stay on the moving bird.- A willingness to practice lots and take lots and lots of photos, only some of which will turn out. (At least with digital you are not paying for film.)
– A strong motivation and desire to take flight photos.
– The expertise and programs to process your digital photo to make it look its best. Most photographers use programs like Adobe Photoshop.
Most importantly, have fun!!!
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