Techniques and Educational

How to use Noise Reduction on Bird Photos

People often complain about the level of noise created by the 7D and several older cameras. Noise in laymans term is the grain that appears in images when using high ISO.  Wildlife photographers require high shutter speeds to capture behaviour and to ensure images are sharp. Often the only way to get a high SS […]

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The Importance of “Sweet Light” in Bird Photography

“Try to only shoot a few hours after sunrise and before sunset.” “Sweet Light” a comment used frequently when critiquing bird photos. I will try to explain what sweet light is and why it is so important. One of the best pieces of advice I was given by a talented bird photographer was. “Try to only shoot […]

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The Power of Water

Water can be a powerful tool in attracting birds to a certain location. I located a natural watering hole last year when we had lots of rain. The only issue with this location was it was very hard to get a clean background. A video of the watering hole Over the last 6 months it has […]

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Why head angle and eye contact is important.

I participate in the excellent birding forum called Feathers and Photos, I posted this Red Necked Stint shot and it got the following comment from Tony Peterson; Looks good Duade. the head-turn/eye contact with viewer allows for a tighter/more intimate crop – something that I’ll have to keep in mind for future compositions Tony has touched on […]

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Why you should shoot in RAW – Recover Blown Highlights.

I am no expert when it comes to understanding the technical aspects of RAW, histograms and exposure but I have learnt a few things over the last year and thought I would share here. Beginners are often asked “Are you shooting in RAW?” the reason for this is we see a lot of shots where […]

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How to get a smooth background.

When I started out I usually stayed in the same spot concentrating on getting the bird in the viewfinder and didn’t pay much attention to the light and the background. Needless to say in most of the shots the bird was in shadow and the backgrounds were distracting. Lucky for me I stumbled upon the […]

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Taking Photos of Shorebirds – How to guide.

I thought I would share how I am currently taking my shorebird photos. First it is really important to try and get eye level with a bird. We are trying for eye contact in all our shots and having the low angle really helps. This is my kit. 1. Frying Pan – I use an […]

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