How to photograph birds: choosing the necessary equipment, advice on how to photograph birds in flight or stationary, and how to attract them.
More and more users are passionate aboutnature photography; among the most interesting subjects are the birds. For those who intendphotographing birds In the naturalistic oases, huts specially designed to give the photographer a refuge have been installed.
The first rule of a good nature photographer is not to be noticed by them wild animals which means "to catch"with his photographic lens. These huts, in fact, are an excellent refuge and allow the photographer to integrate perfectly into nature.
Forphotographing birds, the first thing to do is to find a protected location. In the absence of specially installed huts, the wildlife photographer must wear a camouflage suit, an essential component of theequipment. The rules for integrating into nature are the same as seen in the article dedicated to birdwatching: Birdwatching, equipment and advice.
Photographing birds, recommended equipment
L'equipmentessential forphotographing birdsconsists of:
- camera body (camera)
- lenses (telephoto lenses)
- flash (eventual)
- tripod or tripod
- camouflage suit or shed
- calls for birds (if any)
L'equipmentvaries according to the type of shot you intend to do: you wantphotographing birds in motionor while they are perched on a branch? If you intend to photograph birds intent on eating, you can organize a real set complete with a backdrop and plays of light and shadow. For flying birds, there are two main ingredients: patience and timing!
Camera for photographing birds
Let's start with the camera body. There are a large number of cameras on the market. The choice"Almost mandatory"to photograph birds falls on reflex cameras, that is, on those cameras that allow you to change and mount different lenses depending on the situation. Excellent camera bodies are offered by several houses, primarily by Canon and Nikon which are the leaders of the sectors. To photograph birds, there is no brand to prefer. Nikon lenses are slightly more expensive than Canon ones but the quality of the photos returned depends more on the skill of the person who captures the photo and not on the brand.
On the Canon front we would like to point out the 600D model, precisely because it is a bit dated, it can be bought at more competitive prices. Those who prefer the latest models can go for the 700D or 750D. To get an idea of the prices:canon on Amazon.
Lens, the telephoto lens
Lenses must be able to capture long-range subjects: if you get too close… wild animals run away! For this reason, more or less pushed telephoto lenses are widely used in nature photography.
The question of the lens can be compared to that of flashes: it is useless to buy a flash that can only illuminate up to 5 meters away if the subject to be photographed is 15 or more meters away! For a first moment, that of the flash is an expense to be postponed.
A tripod is necessary when using lenses with a certain focal length. Choosing a good tripod is not as easy as it sounds and you can run the risk of wasting money! The ones that offer more stability are certainly the Manfrottos but they are undoubtedly also the most expensive. To get an idea of the prices, we refer you to the official pageManfrotto on Amazon.
Techniques for photographing birds
Stalking is the most popular method forphotographing birds. Often it is necessary to assemble a temporary shed. Paradoxically, many stalking can be done with the car! Birds, and more generally wild animals, are not afraid of vehicles. It is possible to drive into the open countryside with a car (preferably with a neutral color body) and wait for the right moment to catch animals in flight.
A "photo hunt" can also be carried out in the garden of the house where splendid passerines flutter. For more information:how to attract birds to the garden.