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Guide to Photographing Birds

Guide to Photographing Birds

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Guide to Photographing Birds

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Pubblicato:
Jan 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781927835159
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A Systematic Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Bird Photographers

The Equipment Section Includes information on:
Camera Bodies, Lenses, Tripod, Flash. Memory Cards
A Suggested Starter Kit
Digiscoping
Remote Photography
Wi-Fi and Tethered Controllers, Photo Traps

The Settings Section covers:
Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, ISO Setting; Mode, Exposure Compensation, Focusing
Long Lens Technique
Faster Shutter Speeds, Use Image Stabilization, When using a tripod, go heavy and solid., Monopod , Activating the Shutter, Shielding from Wind, Shooting Handheld, Panning, Feathering Focus

Fieldcraft has a look at:
Where to Find Birds
Backyard Birds, Captive Birds, Migration, Breeding Birds, Raptors, Shorebirds, Seabirds, Waterfowl, Gulls
Pick the Right Time
Bad Weather is Good
Protection, Rain, Snow, Wind, Frost
Using Recordings and Other Sounds, Using Blinds or Hides, Stationary Blinds, The Mobile Blind, Bean Bag, Window Mount, Tripod
Setups for Photography
Attracting Birds
In Flight
Good Equipment. Fast Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, Continuous AF, Feathering Focus, AF Sensor Selection, Continuous Burst, Lens Limiting, Pre-focus, Handholding, Acquiring Your Target, Tripod, Purposed Blur, Lighting and Flash, Practice Exercises, Panning, Takeoff and Landing, Diving, Flying with Prey
Working Your Subject

Composition looks at:
Don't Centre the Subject, Look into Space, Rule of Thirds, Size of Subject in Frame, Don't Clip Body Parts Even if they are not seen, Break the Guidelines
Causes of Poor Images
1. Poor Focusing Blur, 2. Camera Shake Blur, 3. Subject Motion Blur, 4. Too Much Contrast, 5. Lens Flare, 6. Chromatic Aberration, 7. Noise, 8. Color Correction Needed, 9. Incorrect Exposure, 10. Sensor Dust

Image processing considers:
RAW vs JPG, Workflow, Download, Sort and Cull, Load for Editing, Cleanup, Exposure and Color Correction, Sharpening, Output, Automation, Storage and Backup

Selling Your Images covers:
Display and Basic marketing of Your Work, Blog, Online Gallery, Social Media, Putting it All Together, Where to Sell Images, Magazines and brochures, Selling Prints, Stock Sites, Expanding Your Stock selection

Pubblicato:
Jan 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781927835159
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Harold Stiver is a partner in a financial services company who lives with his wife Elaine in Paris, Ontario. He has two daughters and one grandson who he spoils relentlessly. He has long had a fascination with the natural world and has traveled widely exploring and photographing it. You can see more of his images at http://www.singularvideo.com. He is the author of a series of eBook Guides for Photographers and Explorers covering subjects like Waterfalls, Old Mills and Covered Bridges. They are available at Smashworks and other popular distributors.


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Guide to Photographing Birds - Harold Stiver

Guide to

Photographing

Birds

Harold Stiver

Copyright Statement

Guide to Photographing Birds

Published by Harold Stiver at Smashwords

Copyright 2014

Harold Stiver

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from the author, except by the reviewer who may quote brief passages.

Version 1.0

ISBN #978-1-927835-15-9

Photo Credits

All photographs are the work of the author, Harold Stiver for which he holds the copyright and reserves all rights.

Other Books by Harold Stiver

Unless noted, there are Print and eBook editions available for the following.

Birding Guide to Orkney

Ontario's Old Mills

Ontario's Waterfalls

Connecticut Covered Bridges (eBook)

Delaware's Covered Bridges (eBook)

Indiana Covered Bridges

Maine Covered Bridges (eBook)

Maryland's Covered Bridges (eBook)

Massachusetts Covered Bridges (eBook)

Michigan Covered Bridges (eBook)

New England Covered Bridges

New Hampshire Covered Bridges

New York Covered Bridges

Ohio's Covered Bridges

The Covered Bridges of Kentucky (eBook)

The Covered Bridges of Kentucky and Tennessee

The Covered Bridges of the Mid-Atlantic

The Covered Bridges of Tennessee (eBook)

Vermont's Covered Bridges

The Covered Bridges of Virginia (eBook)

The Covered Bridges of Virginia and West Virginia

The Covered Bridges of West Virginia (eBook)

Index

Copyright Statement

Photo Credits

Other Books by Harold Stiver

Introduction

Equipment to Use

Camera Bodies, Lenses, Tripod, Flash. Memory Cards

A Starter Kit

Digiscoping

Camera settings

Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, ISO Setting; Mode, Exposure Compensation, Focusing

Long Lens Technique

Faster Shutter Speeds, Use Image Stabilization, When using a tripod, go heavy and solid., Monopod , Activating the Shutter, Shielding from Wind, Shooting Handheld, Panning, Feathering Focus

Where to Find Birds

Backyard Birds, Captive Birds, Migration, Breeding Birds, Raptors, Shorebirds, Seabirds, Waterfowl, Gulls

Pick the Right Time

Bad Weather is Good

Protection, Rain, Snow, Wind, Frost

Fieldcraft

Using Recordings and Other Sounds, Using Blinds or Hides, Stationary Blinds, The Mobile Blind, Bean Bag, Window Mount, Tripod

Setups for Photography

Attracting Birds

Remote Photography

Wi-Fi and Tethered Controllers, Photo Traps

In Flight

Good Equipment. Fast Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, Continuous AF, Feathering Focus, AF Sensor Selection, Continuous Burst, Lens Limiting, Pre-focus, Handholding, Acquiring Your Target, Tripod, Purposed Blur, Lighting and Flash, Practice Exercises, Panning, Takeoff and Landing, Diving, Flying with Prey

Working Your Subject

Composition

Don't Centre the Subject, Look into Space, Rule of Thirds, Size of Subject in Frame, Don't Clip Body Parts Even if they are not seen, Break the Guidelines

Causes of Poor Images

1. Poor Focusing Blur, 2. Camera Shake Blur, 3. Subject Motion Blur, 4. Too Much Contrast, 5. Lens Flare, 6. Chromatic Aberration, 7. Noise, 8. Color Correction Needed, 9. Incorrect Exposure, 10. Sensor Dust

Image Processing

RAW vs JPG, Workflow, Download, Sort and Cull, Load for Editing, Cleanup, Exposure and Color Correction, Sharpening, Output, Automation, Storage and Backup

Selling Your Images

Display and Basic marketing of Your Work, Blog, Online Gallery, Social Media, Putting it All Together, Where to Sell Images, Magazines and brochures, Selling Prints, Stock Sites, Expanding Your Stock selection

Video

Camera Shake, Cropping, Exposure, Editing Software

Ethics

Resources

Glossary

Introduction

Some of the most beautiful and interesting nature images are of birds and it is no surprise that photographers want to explore that area. However, they are often disappointed with their initial results. The subjects look small in the image, poorly lit and a bit boring. I want the information in this book to get you past that to the beautiful images you will be proud of.

Birds can be the most frustrating of targets. When they are seen, they are often very wary and not easy to get close to. Even after getting an image, the results may be unsatisfying. Don't give up!! This book will give you the tips and techniques that will let you get close to these elusive subjects.

However before we get to that, we will talk about camera equipment and settings.

And before we finish we will pass on some ideas about processing your images to bring out their best.

So lets get started!!

Equipment to use

The first thing to understand about equipment is that you don't need to have the latest and most expensive gear there is to obtain good bird images. Of course, better equipment will make it easier for you but a lot of excellent images have been made using methods like digiscoping where a Point and Shoot digital camera is used in connection with a spotting scope. More about this later.

Most photographers are going to use DSLR cameras which involve separate camera bodies and lens.

Camera Bodies

Even the lowest line of current camera bodies will provide photographers with an excellent tool at a reasonable price. The Canon Rebel T3 is less than $500. Other popular brands like Nikon have similar equipment with excellent value. From there you will arrange all the way up to professional camera bodies like the Canon 1D or the Nixon D3x at over $6,000. The higher quality body will do things like take 10 frames per second as opposed to 3, do a better evaluation of the correct exposure better, and have a faster and more accurate focusing systems. It also will shoot HD video which can be very useful.

A large number of bird photographers use either Canon or Nikon equipment. As of 2013 the following prices applied to DSLR Camera Bodies:

Economy

Canon Rebel T3 $500

Nikon D5100 $600

Professional

Canon 1D $6,800

Nikon D3x $6,700

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