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Aperture or Shutter Priority: Which is Best for Photographing Birds?

Using a DSLR, mirrorless and many other cameras, you have the option to select your basic exposure mode in the camera: this can be shutter priority, aperture priority, or full manual mode.

Different camera brands might call these functions different names, but they are the same principal regardless of which camera you’re using.

Most cameras also have other exposure mode options which give you less control, such as full Auto mode where the camera does everything, Program modes, and other modes specific to a certain brand or camera model. Entry level cameras are more likely to have many more exposure modes, while professional level camera bodies generally only have the most important ones that we cover in this guide. Read More »Aperture or Shutter Priority: Which is Best for Photographing Birds?

How Do You Get a Black Background With Bird Photography?

A photo of a bird that stands out starkly against a black or very dark background is not just something that is achieved in Photoshop.

Photographers who value capturing the true scene in front of them, rather than creating a scene later in Photoshop, can go to great lengths to get that bold look of a black background with the bird subject standing out significantly.

But how can you make this happen directly in your camera at the time of the shot?

It’s not as difficult as it might seem. Read More »How Do You Get a Black Background With Bird Photography?

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS for birds

Bird Photography with the Canon PowerShot SX70, SX60 and SX50

What is the SX series of cameras?

The SX series of Canon Powershot cameras are a small but powerful superzoom camera that is marketed at people wanting an all in one solution to most types of photography: from landscapes to portraits to wildlife.

It’s important not to mix up the SX double digit models with the triple digit models like the SX730 which are much smaller compact cameras. Read More »Bird Photography with the Canon PowerShot SX70, SX60 and SX50

Fuji X-T3 for Bird Photography

We’ve written about using the X-T1 and X-T2 mirrorless cameras for bird photography – now it’s time to talk about the new Fuji X-T3.

This body now has a 26mp sensor and is quoted from Fuji has having an improved autofocus system (one of the first things we want to look at as bird photographers) compared with the X-T2. Interestingly, to achieve the fastest continuous shooting rate if 11 frames per second, we no longer need to add the optional battery grip. Putting the X-T3 into a 1.25x crop mode (keep in mind this is already a crop sensor), lets you shoot frames at 30FPS. Read More »Fuji X-T3 for Bird Photography

Yellowhammer Bird Photos

The Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is an endearing bird with a fantastic common name.

Part of the familiar Bunting family of birds, they are a wide ranging species found throughout most of Europe and Great Britain, and part of Russia and Eurasia.

In most of its range it is a year round resident, but it’s a summer breeding visitor in the northern and eastern part of its range, and a winter migrant in the south.

They can be found as an introduced species in New Zealand and South Africa. Read More »Yellowhammer Bird Photos