Bird photography is wildly popular regardless of where you live, among pros and novices alike. The quick tutorial below is intended for the latter, with four simple tips to help you get started.
There are numerous reasons for the wide appeal of photographing our feathered friends, not the least of which is accessibility. That’s because you need not travel further than a local park, or even your own backyard. And setting up a simple feeder behind your home draws a crowd of hungry bird in a hurry.
You can likely get started with the equipment you already own, and the wide variety of species you’ll encounter changes throughout the year—even in the dead of winter. David Reid is a Canadian pro who specializes in photographing birds and other forms of wildlife, and today’s quick episode features four helpful tips that deliver impressive results.
Reid covers a lot of ground in barely 11 minutes, with a discussion of the appropraite gear to use, the best time of day to shoot, important camera settings, and a few easy techniques. By the time you’re done watching you’ll no longer be a beginner. He says his fourth tip is “controversial” and is one “you may even hate.”
When first starting out Reid was hyper-focused on buying the “best” cameras and lenses”—until he realized there are other issues that may be even more important to consider. That’s when he began developing the tips and techniques you’ll see below.
He begins with a brief discussion of gear and the camera settings to use when photographing birds, and he reveals the one lens he relies upon for most of his work. Lens build, camera durability, and weatherproofing are also important for shooting during rapidly changing weather.
Reid’s first tip applies to all forms of wildlife photography, and it’s one you may have heard before; namely getting out in the field (or your yard) as early as possible—even before dawn so you’re set up and ready to go when birds arrive for their breakfast.
His other tips are less familiar and just as important for capturing eye-catching images. So watch the video, set up a feeder in your backyard, and get started today. Soon you’ll be ready for more advanced tutorials, and we post them frequently.
We suggest you pay a visit to Reid’s instructional YouTube channel, where you’ll find more great advice on all forms of wildlife photography.
And don’t miss the tutorial we posted from another accomplished wildlife shooter, with five simple camera hacks for photographing birds like a pro.