Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
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.
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.
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.
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