Bird photography tips: how to shoot pin-sharp pictures of birds of prey

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits: step 8

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits: steps 5-6

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits: step 5

05 Continuous autofocus
Switching to continuous autofocus means that the camera will keep focusing once the shutter button is half-pressed. This is perfect when shooting pictures of birds of prey, as they’ll never stay perfectly still – your camera’s focus will track them until you’re ready to take the shot.

 

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits: step 6

06 Watch the background
Before you decide exactly how to frame your shot, look for a clean and uncluttered background behind the bird to avoid it being a distraction. A shallow depth of field will blow it out anyway, but a single colour behind your subject will keep all the attention on the bird.

PAGE 1: Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits – steps 1-2
PAGE 2: Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits – steps 3-4
PAGE 3: Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits – steps 5-6
PAGE 4: Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits – steps 7-8
PAGE 5: How to photograph birds in flight
PAGE 6: How to photograph birds through a wire fence

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