11 Professional Bird Photography Tips & Techniques That Will Change Your Photography

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Bird photography is simple!

Do you believe in the above statement? Think about it seriously and answer.

If you said yes, you are on the right path. If you said no, then I will take you on the right path. In either case, my goal is to simplify bird photography for you. That’s the core philosophy behind Nature Photography Simplified blog. And I am glad that you are part of it.

Beware! Simple doesn’t mean taking it easy. Definitely not!

I can only simplify the complex concepts so that you can understand these tips and techniques easily. You have to do the rest. That is you have to work on 4 Pillars of photography – patience, practice, perseverance, and above all passion. You have to put in the time and effort. You have to burn the oil. Don’t expect me to do it for you.

Bird photography is a magical experience for sure. Every time you see an amazing bird photograph, you get pumped. You want to take those stunning photos yourself. If it’s possible, you will take the next flight to go to that place.

You would go to a place like Jamnagar to photograph these beautiful birds.

Birds of Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. Birding hot spots in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. Bird photography tips by Prathap. Bird, wildlife, and Nature Photography photographs pictures.

Lesser Flamingo in Back Light in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.

Birds of Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. Birding hot spots in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. Bird photography tips by Prathap. Bird, wildlife, and Nature Photography photographs pictures.

Little Tern’s acrobatic skills in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.

Or, you would go to Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary to get the best possible bird photography opportunities.

2015 Nature's Best Photography Asia Awards Semi-finalist. Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bird Photography by Prathap.

Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Or, you would go to IOWA or Alaska to photograph the mighty American Bald Eagles.

American Bald Eagle Fishing.

American Bald Eagle Fishing.

Or, you would go to some place where you get the best bird pictures. It’s irresistible.

If you experience the same way, then you are passionate enough. Congratulations!

If you are passionate enough, then the other 3 Ps – patience, practice, perseverance – are incredibly easy to master.

Let me tell you a little fascinating story.

I was conducting a bird photography masterclass in my favorite destination – Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. I got participants from different states in India. One such participant was Mr. Vikram who drove 9 hours to attend my bird photography workshop!

I wouldn’t drive nine hours at a stretch at all. Nine hour’s drive could be a strenuous journey in India due to traffic or sometimes bad roads.

But you may not appreciate it unless I tell you that Vikram is 73 years old! Can you believe that? I call it passion. And I wish I was that passionate.

Please don’t get me wrong here. You don’t have to be old or drive 9 hours or something to prove that you are passionate. All that I am saying is, if you are ready to get off your comfort zone for the love of it, you are bound to be a better photographer.

I have many such examples. It’s always amazing to see such enthusiastic photographers. I wish I were as enthusiastic as them. I would have probably had much more fantastic photographs.

Here’s the moral of the story:

If you are passionate enough, you can achieve anything. The question is…how passionate are you?

Here’s a small sample of photographs from Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Best Bird Photography Tips and Techniques. Bird Photography in India. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

Open-billed Stork in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

Best Bird Photography Tips and Techniques. Bird Photography in India. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

Spot-billed Pelican in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

Best Bird Photography Tips and Techniques. Bird Photography in India. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

Little Egret in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, India.

As a photography mentor, it becomes too easy to teach passionate bird photographers. Their passion fuels my passion for teaching. It becomes a mutual agenda to satisfy our needs. Workshop participants’ happiness when they get stunning results is my happiness.

I hear this a lot from my photography workshop students that I am extremely kind to teach them everything about professional bird photography techniques. There’s a simple reason. I love it when I see that glow on my student’s face.

Let me now talk about the agenda of this blog post. I know it’s too late in the article, but I did it intentionally to charge you up 🙂

11 Professional Bird Photography Tips & Techniques

I will cover the below 11 professional bird photography tips & techniques over a period of one or two months.

  1. Choosing the Camera Body for Bird Photography
  2. Choosing the Lens for Bird Photography
  3. Performing Sharpness Test of your Lens
  4. Bird Photography Settings
  5. Importance of Location for Bird Photography
  6. Tips for Making Best Photographs of Birds Behavior
  7. Composition Tips for Bird Photography
  8. Sharp Focusing Tips & Techniques
  9. Birds in Flight Tips & Techniques
  10. Getting Clean Background
  11. Approaching the Birds to Make Best Bird Photographs

These topics were long pending from our reader’s bucket list. I have collated the topics that you have selected in this article List of Nature Photography Topics from Our Blog Readers.

Accept my sincere apologies. I hope to cover several topics as part of these 11 professional bird photography tips & techniques. I will also make it a point to cover the remaining topics too. It needs enormous time. Please have patience.

Just that you know, these 11 bird photography tips and techniques are covered in depth in my eBook “Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass.” Let me warn you that this series is not a replacement for the eBook. The eBook covers several aspects of the bird photography in greater depth. It is, in fact, the easiest and fastest way to master bird photography.

Don’t be disheartened if you are unable to purchase “Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass” eBook. This series will guide you on the right path. If you follow it sincerely, it will prove invaluable in improving your bird photography. You need to take action if you want to improve. Period.

If you have purchased the eBook, remember that this series will be extremely useful to remind you of many key concepts. Also, my specialty is that I don’t repeat things. So, every time I write or teach a concept, I will deal with it in a new way. Many a times, a brand new way!

I am thrilled to bring you this new series. How about you?

Do me a favor. If you think that your friends or photography club members will find it useful, please share with them. Let them use this unique opportunity to learn bird photography. They will thank you for sure. And I say thank you too!


A Brand New Project That Might be of Your Interest

There’s one more surprise for you.

I am working on a brand new eBook/eCourse about photography composition techniques. Because I see the lack of composition skills in many photographers. I know it’s not easy to master it. In fact, you cannot truly master it. You can only learn and improve your skills over a lifetime. And in the process become a much better photographer.

I have been thinking a lot about writing an eBook on Composition for over a year. But, I never found the right way to present it so that it’s extremely useful. It’s not easy to teach composition. Believe me. I have spend countless hours, months, and years in understanding composition from various masters of photography.

Even today, I believe I struggle to make the best compositions most of the times. But, I know to an extent which will be quite useful to other photographers.

What I am currently very confident is the framework I have developed to make this eBook and/or an e-Course. I will give you more details in a couple of days.

Here’s the first look of the project “Composition Skills: A No-brainer Guide to Photography Composition.

Photography Composition Techniques Book or eBook or Course. Best Photography Tips and Techniques. Create an impact by using photography composition technique.

I will be creating brand new photographs of various subjects just to create this course.  It involves tremendous effort on my behalf and also needs a lot of travel. Crowd-funding might be the best idea as it requires plenty of support from a large group.

Before I hit to crowd-funding platforms like KickStarter, here’s what I want you to do. Please respond to this survey which helps me to know if I have enough support. It takes less than a minute. But, it will be immensely helpful to me.

Fill out these 4 simple multiple choice questions (It takes less than a minute).


Talk to you soon.

Prathap

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