Photographing Birds: Camera Guide For Beginners

If you are passionate about the photography and you would like to try photographing birds, then you need to have a few tips that will lead you in the right direction. Birding, or bird watching is calming, relaxing and fulfilling for all those of you who like to spend time outdoors. Plus, if you want to capture what you see on camera, it can turn into a beautiful hobby. Future birdwatchers, bare with me and take notes because you will need them.

The “Right” Camera
Starting with the most important one – your camera. If you already have a camera, I suggest you take advantage of whatever you own and adjust your criteria. This means that you can take photos of some birds which are not fast such as kiwi, emu, ducks, ostrich, cassowary etc. After all, it is all about your creativity and passion, you can achieve amazing results with almost any camera.

Tips For Buying A Camera
Now, if you want to level up on your hobby and you are considering investing in a good camera you should learn a thing or two before you purchase it. Find a camera which is ideal for outdoor photography, which can capture tiny details and portray all the beautiful colors and textures of the birds. Pick the one with a good processor, quick auto focus or buy an appropriate telephoto lens.

If you are looking for something that will make a decent photo if a bird in motion, then you shouldn’t look for cameras that go below 9 FPS (frames per second). Keep in mind that you are looking for a device that has exposure time around 1/2000 of a sec. All of this is really important because you will have to take multiple shots of the birds in motion and you will have more good shots with a camera that can snap many photos in a short period of time.

Night Shooting
Night shooting can be challenging and fun. If you want to take photos of nocturnal birds such as owls or night jars then you will have to plan all of it ahead. Firstly, research on the Internet where you can find some nocturnal birds near you and plan your trip. Then, you will have to locate these birds in the dark, and to help you do that, you can make use of a night vision binocular for that. Try to be quiet, patient and to move less, if you don’t want to scare the birds off. Switch to manual mode and control shutter speed, aperture and ISO on your own to get some decent looking photos on birds in low-light conditions.

Make sure you get a good value for the money spent when buying a camera. Speak with someone who has experience and do any additional research on your own on the internet. Spending a lot of money on a camera that will do exactly the same as some less expensive one, will only hurt your own wallet!