FYI – Bird Photography – Camera Essentials

Thanks to Ted Jez for sending this along.<…>
Bird Photography: Camera Essentials
Before we start, however, let’s get one thing clear:
Everything in photography is a compromise.
Repeat. Repeat again. And again. And again, until it’s ingrained in your brain.
There is not, and never will be … (yet), the ‘perfect’ camera that does everything you want, in every situation, at the right weight and at a price you can afford.
The other proviso I want to add is that as with any camera gear, 90%+ of the good images you get are a direct result of good technique rather than good equipment. In other words, if you are struggling to get any pleasing bird images with your current kit, it is more likely than not that it is your skills, not your camera, that needs upgrading.
For every mid-range to professional camera these days, regardless of the merits of this or that feature that it has, there will be a professional out there taking stunning images of birds with it. Conversely, not every person with a top-of-the-line professional best-for-bird-photography camera is taking great bird images. Think. About. It.
Key features, and better this or better that, can definitely make it easier to get good bird photos, but at the end of the day, a good camera in bad hands still takes bad images.
So before you rush out for that newer, cooler camera model, invest in some tutorials and master the good photographic techniques that transcend any make or model. These would be things like good composition, exposure compensation, shooting in beautiful soft light, never underexposing at high ISO, using faster shutter speeds for birds in flight, getting to eye level, getting closer to birds and good post-processing (including using specialist noise reduction software). You never know, you just might find that you don’t need a new camera after all.

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