It is exciting to get a shiny new camera. Like most electronics, they start out looking very nice and functioning well, but a camera used for birding is going to start getting a bit banged up. Sometimes the damage is just cosmetic and so not really important, but sometimes things break and have to be repaired. What do you do when your camera breaks?
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.
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.