Decisive Moment: how nature photographers can make the most of it

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 02/04/2013 00:00am

    Decisive moments – photographing birds in flight

    Decisive moments - photographing birds in flight

    Nothing’s more fleeting than a bird, so capture them perfectly

    Start by optimising your settings. Set the focus mode to continuous; select the central focusing point and set the drive mode to high-speed continuous for the maximum burst rate.

    To overcome exposure problems when shooting against a bright sky, take a midtone reading from the ground and set this in Manual mode.

    Set the aperture to maximum and then adjust the shutter speed until the indicator lines up with the zero on the scale. A speed of 1/1000 sec or faster is needed to freeze the action.

    Birds often follow set flight paths, so take time to assess the situation and then frame a mid-distant bird and track its movements as it flies closer, maintain focus and take a quick burst of shots.

    PAGE 1: What is the decisive moment in nature?
    PAGE 2: Reacting quickly to the decisive moment
    PAGE 3: 7 top tips for capturing the decisive moment in nature
    PAGE 4: Decisive moments – photographing birds in flight


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