Bet­ter bird shots

Bird pho­tog­ra­phy is all about mak­ing shut­ter speed a pri­or­ity. Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes shows you how to freeze them mid-flight

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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.

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