Final tips for photographing garden wildlife
Look after the birds
Provide a variety of good quality bird foods and clean and replace the feeders regularly to avoid problems with disease. Squirrel-proof feeders are a good option in areas where squirrels are likely to be a problem. Also supply the birds with clean water daily for drinking and bathing.
As a way to isolate your subject from the background and to produce a more attractive shot, set up a perch such as a sprig of berries for the birds to land on before they come to the feeder. Attach the perch to a support or spare tripod for precise positioning.
Shoot wide open
To throw the background nicely out of focus, set a large aperture such as f/4 or f/5.6. This combined with a long focal length lens will give a very shallow depth of field and produce shots with a diffused backdrop and just the bird in sharp focus.
As an alternative way to light your subject try shooting towards the sun to rim light the bird’s feathers against a dark background or create silhouettes at sunrise or sunset. This is a simple way to add some extra drama to your garden bird pictures.
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