If you’re an avid birdwatcher or just enjoy taking photos of colourful and interesting species, chances are you won’t have to travel much further than your back yard. Most countries around the world have some fascinating birds that can often be seen in local neighborhoods where they can find food and water.
Just about any time of the year is good for capturing good shots of bird. It really depends on where you live and what the migration habits of the birds are. But you can often find just as many in the winter as you can in the summer.
As the saying goes, “The early bird catches the worm.” This means the best time of the day to get some good photos could be pretty early in the morning when most birds are pretty active.
This is also a good time for lighting as the sun isn’t at its strongest, making for pretty even light. A couple of hours before sunset can also be a good time.
If the birds are in your backyard you don’t really need any special lenses. Zooming in a little bit will often help get better photos though. Unless you’ve got really steady hands you should probably be using a tripod to keep the camera stabilized.
You might also want to set the camera up close to a feeder and use a remote control to set off the shutter.
If you’re focusing on one area, such as a feeder or a birdbath, you can pre-focus the camera at that location. If you’re holding the camera then manual focusing is a good option.
If you shoot in the aperture priority mode you’ll be able to control the depth of field. If you’re taking photos of birds in flight then the manual focus is definitely the best and you should set the shutter speed.
As long as you have a good view you can even get some great shots of visiting birds from inside the house. You may want to set up a feeder close to a window to attract some feathered friends. You shouldn’t have a problem as long as the glass is clean and you don’t use a flash. Using a polarizermay help could down on any glare.