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How to  Photograph Birds Tut. by KatiBear How to  Photograph Birds Tut. by KatiBear
:phew: Took me a while but I got there in the end.

Hope someone finds this helpful.
If you've found this useful and have used any of this information for bird photography, I'd really love to seem them!

This tutorial could be adapted for mostly any animal photography too.

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Rest of the images used belong to me.

Edit: Awh a DD! Thank you =eldris and `Hanratty-Stock :heart:


Note:
Some people asked what equpiment I use;

Camera
Nikon D80

Lenses
70-300mm Macro Lens F4-5.6
&
18-135mm 3.5-5.6

I barely use a tripod mainly because I just don't get on with them, maybe it's because I only have a cheapy one. I only use a tripod when taking photographs of scenery. So it's mostly point and shoot, or lean up against something for steadyness!



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How to Photograph Birds Tut. by =KatiBear is a great tutorial if you're a keen twitcher! ( Suggested by eldris and Featured by UnicornReality )
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GilPires Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I'm an amateur photographer and I don't entend to go pro... but this tutorial was realy good/well made and so amusing to read! :D
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awh, well I'm glad it helped :) I'm no pro either was just offering what I do know! Happy it amused you too =D
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GilPires Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I'm happy too! xD
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AlainaLee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Im a recent convert to bird photography, and wanted to thank you for the awesome tutorial!!
Question.. your lens is the 70-300? do you find you need to have a larger lens to get birds?? how near do the birds tend to be?
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MinervaGem Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial! Thank you!
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Toumorokoshi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for taking your time to do this tutorial! :aww: I love it :heart:

Even being the most obvious thing, I didn't think about bringing treats ^^; silly me :XD:
I find this very useful but sadly, I live in a city and my parents wouldn't allow me to go out so early either TT_TT But if I someday go to somewhere where I can try this, I definitely will! :w00t:

:+fav:

And congratulations on the DD! :)
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fieryrebirth Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
This will be useful when it comes to the basics of being a nature or bird photography. I pretty much cheat by using a special automatic camera for my bird photos but I still want to be there for the action someday.

I will follow this procedure when the time comes that I get an...expensive professional camera.
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I love this. I'll try it when we go hiking again. That should be a ton of fun!
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! I hope it's so some use for you :cuddle:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Everything about photography is useful for me, thank you again! :glomp:
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FeeAurora Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
featured here [link] thanks ! :hug:
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awwwh :love:
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:iconrubna:
Rubna Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips, they really help me a lot =]
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad they help :hug:
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Lurvig01 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Good. Many thanky for the tuts!
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BrokenApollo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Thank you for this amazing, fantastic, and very helpful tutorial. I've just recently gotten into photographing birds (on my ~Littography account) and I'm devouring every tip I can.
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DGAnder Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Correct, but really brief on each subject. BUT generally right on target.
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FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great Tut, thank you:-)
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kkart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
excellent, I will be adding this to our groups resources :iconphotography-apn: Come join us if you would like, just read the submission guidelines on the front of the groups page before submitting :)
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ashleyfortuin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Hi... Love your Tut
Will use the food idea to attract birds.
Thx
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DantesDevil Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely tutorial :). You also have amazing skills :D!
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gotik-angel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Great tutorial! Never remembered about putting food.
:giggle:

A lot of pacience to take bird's photos. Sometimes i think they make fun of me. Once i saw the bird and i wasn't expecting. The bird was still when i was putting the right focus, when i was going to take the picture the bird starts jumping! I think he was like "haha can't take a picture of me!" :P
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Gatoi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Thanks a lot for your tutorial ;)
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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mom-the-bomb Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD. Well deserved.!!!
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you missy! :glomp:
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Guermela Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I definitely need this. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! :D
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome :hug:
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PurpleDevil Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh! Im so gratefull this tutorial came out!
Your a real life saver!
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconlovesplz: So glad to hear
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PurpleDevil Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icondragonpoke: I will deffinetely use this tutorial x3
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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PurpleDevil Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and before i forget,
Awesome gallery x3
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awwwh :blushes: thanks so much!
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PurpleDevil Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You shuldnt be thanking me x3
Its you after all :3
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Moto-Princess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
This is fantastic!
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :smooch:
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AFZ-STYLE Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
:lol: Well done!.. must took quite a lot of time and stamina :aww:
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: Not too long, it was worth it anyway :lol: I really enjoyed doing it
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AFZ-STYLE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
:lol: Glad you did enjoy it :D.. think you might try doing this again by any chance? :hug:
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes most likely :nod:
I just have to think of more tutorials to do :giggle:
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AFZ-STYLE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
:noes: I'll be waiting for it!.. :aww:
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful tips! I'm no photographer but it works for bird-watching too.

Perhaps these tips could even be applied to photographing my pet parrots... if they know I'm taking pictures, they have a tendency to ham it up. ^__^
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, yeah animals are pretty clever, my dog tends to know what a camera is too!
Well good luck on capturing your parrots :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
great tutorial, very well designed and I love the examples :)
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:iconkatibear:
KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :glomp:
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Blue-Bossa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I can't thank you enough for making this. As a beginner to photography, I never really knew how to go about finding birds or getting beautiful shots of them. So, thank you! This really helps.
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awh, i'm so glad - I hope you find it useful :hug:
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alicewhitlock356 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
cool thanks I'll try them :)
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