Today I’m going to focus on photography and getting close-ups of nature with my camera.
People are always asking me how I get close-up bird photos. I am self-taught, so I have no idea how a professional photographer would advise you.
How I Take Photos Of Nature:
But I will tell you how I take photos of birds and nature in general.
Sooner or later, particularly if you have birdseed or a birdbath, a bird will visit you. Just be ready.
Focus on the bird and make sure you can see it clearly through the lens.
Use A Good Photo Editing Site:
Then I take my camera inside and download my photos to my computer. I then transfer them to Picmonkey, the photo editing site I prefer to use.
If the bird was far away, I wait with anticipation while the photo loads to see if I got a clear photo of it. Then I start cropping.
Sometimes it will be too blurry or the lighting will be all wrong. But sometimes I can fix this with Picmonkey. And at other times I can’t.
Sometimes I am rewarded with a really great bird photo.
My Secret For Good Photos After I Take Them:
The secret for me is cropping. Even with a zoom lens, oftentimes it’s going to be really hard to get great photos.
I crop, then crop again. If the photo is getting blurry, you know to stop cropping. I don’t crop below 500 pixels.
Wait until you’re done cropping to set the size of your pixels for how big you want your photo.
In my early days, I didn’t pay attention to the size of pixels. So I didn’t realize I was loading photos with thousands of pixels.
Too Many Pixels Means It Takes Longer Loading Time:
Which meant that some people would have a hard time loading my blog.
I generally set my photos at 500 pixels. And I prefer vertical photos. Also, Pinterest prefers vertical photos at this time.
A Late In Life Hobby:
Photographing nature is something I came to enjoy later 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.