Better bird shots
Bird photography is all about making shutter speed a priority. Jason Parnell-Brookes shows you how to freeze them mid-flight
Freeze birds mid-flight by using shutter priority mode
Mastering shutter speed is an essential part of the exposure triangle. With it we can freeze motion or blur subjects into long indistinct lines. To freeze the motion you’ll need a fast shutter speed and a moving subject, which makes bird photography the perfect topic to focus on. This technique could be easily applied to any number of moving subjects, such as sports players or musicians, so is valuable for everyone – even if you have no interest in birds. The quick opening and closing of the shutter captures a tiny slither of time on the image sensor, and if the aperture and ISO are appropriate then the image captures even the fastest of movements as if they were stood still. But it’s also possible to get creative and suggest movement with a little blurring by slowing down your shutter speed a touch, so there’s no one right answer when it comes to shutter speed.