People are always asking me how I get close up bird photos. I am self-taught, and I don’t know what a professional photographer would tell you. But I’ll tell you how I accomplish this.
Sooner or later, particularly if you have bird seed out or a bird bath, a bird will come visit you. Be ready.
Focus on the bird and make sure you can see it clearly. Many times the bird is far up in a tree. I have to take quite a few shots, not knowing if any will come out. But sometimes I score big time!
Then I take my camera inside and download my pics. I then take them to Picmonkey. If the bird was far away, I wait with anticipation while the photo loads. Then I start cropping.
Sometimes it will be too blurry or the lighting will be all wrong. Sometimes I can fix this with Picmonkey. Sometimes I can’t.
And sometimes I am rewarded with a really great bird photo.
The secret is cropping. Even with a zoom lens, it’s going to be hard to get the really good ones. Crop, then crop again. If the photo is getting blurry, you know to stop cropping. I don’t crop below 500 pixels.
|Robin building a nest|
Wait until you’re done cropping to set your pixels on how big you want your photo.
In my early days, I didn’t pay attention to this, and I didn’t realize I was loading photos with thousands of pixels. And some people would have a hard time loading my blog.
I generally set my photos at 500 pixels. I prefer the vertical shots, because I get more bang for my buck. Also Pinterest prefers vertical photos.
Photographing nature is something I came to late in life. I am never more patient than when I am tracking a bird. Waiting for it to find a perch so I can do my thing. It is very rewarding to get up close shots of my bird buddies.
I will be back this afternoon with Tweak It.