Creative project Backlight birdies
Create a safe spot for birds to feed in the back garden and capture them using flash
When it comes to taking pictures of birds, you may want to go the next step on from using natural light. Ade Clarke has done just this, setting up a feeding station in his back garden that enables him to photograph birds.
A keen wildlife photographer, Ade had always gone to seek out his subjects, but due to personal circumstances he wasn’t able to get out as much as he liked – so he embarked on this ongoing project. Ade has experimented with different techniques to perfect his shots. When it comes to sourcing treats to attract the right birds, Ade says all the information he used to get started came from the RSPB website (www.rspb.org.uk). “Although this source is useful,” he says, “it is not definitive, as I’ve found that the birds don’t strictly stick to the rules of what they should or shouldn’t eat. That’s where your own observations and experiments will be essential.”