Bird Photography Settings Checklist
While there are, of course, no definitive camera settings for any subject, given the number of factors involved, there are some general ‘ballpark’ settings that will get you just about where you need to be to get a exposure.
We’ve found the camera settings below generally yield pretty good results in our own bird photography.
Dial these in to your camera and it should just be a few tweaks here and there to get the bird photos you were hoping to achieve.
- Aperture priority mode
- Maximum aperture
- ISO 100 or ISO 200
- Single shot AF mode
- Image stabilisation
- Shutter priority mode
- ISO 100 for motion blur, at least 200 to freeze motion
- 1/125 sec or slower to render motion as a creative blur
- 1/500 sec or faster to freeze any fast-moving action
- Focus tracking mode
- Continuous shooting
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