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    Wildlife photography made easy: simple techniques for pro-quality pictures

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 11/02/2013 01:00am
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    Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography

    Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography: select the right mode

    1 Select the right mode
    Choose Aperture Priority mode and dial in a wide aperture (low f-number, such as f/5.6 or f/6.3). This will help to blur background details and give you the fastest possible shutter speed for the lighting conditions. Increase the ISO to give you a shutter speed of around 1/500sec for bird portraits.

    Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography: focus carefully

    2 Focus carefully

    If you’re taking animal portraits, choose Single-Shot or One-Shot AF, and use a single AF point to focus carefully on their eyes. 
If you’re photographing flying birds or fast-moving animals, opt for Continuous or AI Servo AF instead, because this will refocus the lens to keep the subject sharp.

    Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography: fire in short bursts

    3 Fire in short bursts
    Use the camera’s fastest drive mode to capture sequences of shots. Fire in short bursts, because this will ensure the camera’s buffer – where it stores pictures before copying them to the memory card – doesn’t get filled too quickly, and the camera will always be ready for action.

    Low-level Live View
    Cameras with tilt-and-swivel LCD screens make it easier to get low-level shots, as you can activate Live View, then place the camera at ground level and angle the screen upwards.

    PAGE 1: How to shoot garden wildlife photography
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
    PAGE 3: How to set up a feeding station
    PAGE 4: Choosing the right wildlife photography location
    PAGE 5: Look for frozen water
    PAGE 6: Getting the best results from long lenses
    PAGE 7: Why you want to get close to animals
    PAGE 8: Key techniques for getting close to wildlife
    PAGE 9: How to set up a hide
    PAGE 10: How to shoot from a car window
    PAGE 11: Wildlife photography in iconic locations
    PAGE 12: Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography
    PAGE 13: How to protect your gear

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    Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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