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Best Camera for Bird Photography?


There are a variety of camera choices you can make when selecting the perfect camera for your bird photography. The choice you make depends greatly on what type of photographs you want to take, and what your level of camera expertise is.

The first choice you will have to make is whether or not you want to take digital pictures or traditional pictures using film. Digital photography is rapidly growing in popularity. With digital photography, you can take hundreds of pictures without changing your film, and you have the ability to see the picture you just took immediately. 

So if you miss a shot, or the shot is out of focus you can tell right then and be able to have a second chance at your once in a lifetime shot of a particular bird. Digital photography also allows you the ability to immediately email your photos to friends, and pick and choose what photographs you develop. 

There are also several digital photography programs available today that can allow you to turn your pictures into a slideshow on your computer, a screensaver, or even a DVD movie.

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Traditional film pictures also have their advantages. Film cameras have been used for ages for taking bird photographs. Digital pictures are in some cases crisper, and clearer than traditional film, but for some, they lack the history and quality of a film camera.

What camera is right for you to depend on what you plan on using the camera for. There are plenty of points and shoot film and digital cameras on the market today. These cameras are traditionally less expensive than others and don’t have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive models have. For the more serious photographer, there are also cameras that will allow you to adjust your f-stop and aperture within the camera so you can make that perfect shot even more perfect.

With any camera, you may also want to invest in a tripod. A tripod can help you keep your camera steady while you take that perfect photograph. When you select a tripod make sure to keep your camera's weight and size in mind. An inexpensive light tripod may be good for smaller lighter cameras, but for large cameras or cameras with lenses attached you will need a heavy-duty tripod to ensure your camera's safety.

Telephoto Lenses for Bird Photography

Telephoto lenses can be an especially useful tool with bird photography. A telephoto lens zooms in your camera's lens and can allow you to get much closer to your subject. A photograph taken with a telephoto lens can look like your standing beside the bird when it is really fifty feet in the air.

Telephoto lenses are usually only sold for higher-end cameras and are sold in a variety of different zoom lengths. In many cases, a photographer will have several lenses available when they go out on a photography shoot. They can then change the lens on their camera to accommodate their location, and the photograph they would like to take.
When you go to purchase a telephoto lens for your camera it might be a good idea to take the camera itself with you. In many stores, you may be able to attach the lenses you are looking at to your camera's body and get a feel for how they will be on your camera as well as what the zoom will look like.

Telephoto lenses can be heavy especially ones with higher zoom numbers so it can be a good idea to get a feel for what the lens will actually feel like on your camera (and if it will inhibit your photography) before you buy.

Telephoto lenses can also be extremely expensive. Depending on the type of camera you have, you may be looking at spending as much o a camera lens as you did on your entire initial camera purchase. However, the end result or quality bird photographs will be worth it.

Bird Photography Tips and Techniques

There are a variety of different photography techniques you can use to get the best out of your camera and take fantastic bird photographs. If you have decided to seriously take up bird photography, then depending on your photography background you might want to consider taking a photography class in your area where you can learn some basic techniques for taking quality photographs.

In a photography course, you would have the opportunity to learn about photographing lighting and framing and how each impacts the quality of your end result: the photograph. A photograph class can also be a great place to learn tricks of the trade for an owner of a photography studio. In most cases, you can be shown things in a class that you might have never discovered on your own.

Course instructors can teach you the proper way to frame a shot or interesting ways to approach your subject o get that kind picture perfect moment preserved forever. If a photography class isn’t up your alley, perhaps try going to your local library or bookstore and picking up a book of bird photography. In the book, you will be able to see pictures that others have taken and get ideas for pictures of your own to take in the future. 

The way one photographer caught a particular bird may come to find the next time you are in a similar situation, and you will be able to recreate their shot, or even improve upon it. Looking at photographs only increases your knowledge base, so that you can become a better photographer.

As you take more photographs, you will start to develop your own style and your own photography techniques that you will be using while taking photographs. The more pictures you take and the more classes you enroll in the better your photography will become

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