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    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for wildlife photography

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 24/06/2013 00:01am
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    Best camera settings to photograph garden birds

    Best camera settings to photograph garden birds

    Many species of garden birds are very small and move quickly, so you’ll need a long telephoto lens and fast reactions to get the best shots.

    A common problem with shooting in the garden is that the background can be distracting, so use the widest aperture available on your lens to help to blur these distractions.

    Although you’d normally position the main subject off-centre, you’ll find that the outer autofocus points on most cameras aren’t as reliable as the central one, especially when you’re shooting in low light.

    So in these conditions, set the camera to this central autofocus point and position the subject in the middle of the frame.

    How to set up your camera to photograph garden birds

    How to set up your camera to photograph garden birds

    Aperture   The widest available on your lens
    To blur the background and enable you to use fast shutter speeds, you need to select the widest aperture that’s available on your lens.

    How to set up your camera to photograph garden birds: focus mode

    Focus mode    Single or one shot
    When shooting birds perched on branches or twigs, use single or one shot autofocus and make sure that the camera has focused on the bird before shooting.

    Exposure mode   Aperture priority (A or Av)

    Shutter speed   Set by camera, but at least 1/500sec

    ISO   400 or higher

    Lens   300mm or longer

    Drive mode   Continuous

    White balance   Auto

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    Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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