Bird Watching (UK) - - Part One -

BIRD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BA­SICS IRD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ISN’T just about filling the frame with your feath­ered quarry. It isn’t about hav­ing the big­gest cam­era or most ex­pen­sive lenses. In­stead, it’s about try­ing to con­vey a sense of won­der and beauty in the form of a sin­gle im­age, cap­tur­ing char­ac­ter, feel­ing and be­hav­iour in a sin­gle frame. It will test your pa­tience, knowl­edge and skill, but in re­turn it will give you a huge sat­is­fac­tion and thrill when you get a per­fect shot! Over a three-part se­ries, I’m go­ing to be giv­ing you an in­tro­duc­tion to bird pho­tog­ra­phy, to get you started with the knowl­edge and ideas to help you head out and cre­ate some beau­ti­ful pho­tos of our su­perb birds. In this first sec­tion, I’ll look at ar­eas in­clud­ing lenses, ac­ces­sories, the ba­sics, ex­po­sure, cam­era WORDS & PICS: TOM MA­SON

modes and fo­cus­ing to help you on your way to cap­tur­ing some great pho­to­graphs. To get started, you’re ob­vi­ously go­ing to need a cam­era, and there are hun­dreds to choose from, rang­ing in prices from a few hun­dred to tens of Slower shut­ter speeds can be great for adding some blur into an im­age, giv­ing it a sense of move­ment, for a much more dy­namic shot

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