Most bird photographers will post their best images and let you know how cool it is to photograph birds – me included. But most bird photographers will NOT post the images that they screw up and I guess I didn’t get that memo because I will.
Sometimes you can learn more from mistakes than successes.
In this short post Ill give you some ideas of what NOT to do when you photograph birds – or anything else most of the time.
Mistake Number One | Composition
Don’t frame so tightly that you cut off part of the bird.
Mistake Number Two | Membranes
Don’t photograph any animal with a nictitating membrane (from Latin nictare, to blink) when that membrane covers the eye.
Mistake Number Three | Eyes
Make sure the subject is either looking toward the camera or that its eye is at least perpendicular to the camera.
Mistake Number Four | Lighting
Make sure that you aren’t photographing subjects in mottled light. Either have the subject 100% in shade or sun – not a combination thereof.
Mistake Number Five | Backgrounds
Watch your backgrounds and avoid merges.
Bird photography – heck ANY kind of photography requires strict attention to details. It isn’t always easy. Maybe by seeing some of the mistakes that might be made you will remember to avoid these when you get your chance in the future. Good luck.
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