Creating Your Own Bird Photography Camera Settings

Nikon Coolpix p900 is a Super Zoom Bridge Camera
My Current Birding Camera: Nikon Coolpix p900, a Super Zoom Bridge Camera

Want to set up your own bird photography default settings? In my post the other day, “Backyard Bird Photos: Basic Tips”, I mentioned that I wasn’t happy with the automatic Bird watching mode of my Nikon Coolpix p900 and instead created my own group of default settings for bird photography. If your camera lets you set things like ISO, focus and metering options, aperture or shutter speed settings, etc., you can probably tweak them to improve your bird photos too. Even if you have a different camera, the settings I’m sharing in this post should give you ideas for how you might set it up to work best for you.

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Backyard Bird Photos: Basic Tips

Carolina Wren at the Bird Feeder
Carolina Wren at the Bird Feeder

Birds are wonderfully photogenic and endlessly fascinating. If you enjoy birdwatching, sooner or later you are going to want to take pictures of the birds you watch. For many of us, bird photography can become an integral part of birding. Taking pictures of birds can be a challenge though. Birds go about their business and don’t always sit still for a picture. Here are a few things I’ve learned as I’ve spent time taking pictures of birds in my yard and on birding trips.

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