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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.

Wood background: [link]

Rest of the images used belong to me.

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

Some people asked what equpiment I use;

Nikon D80

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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Given 2009-03-19
How to Photograph Birds Tut. by =KatiBear is a great tutorial if you're a keen twitcher! ( Suggested by eldris and Featured by UnicornReality )
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
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
GilPires Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I'm happy too! xD
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?
MinervaGem Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial! Thank you!
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:


And congratulations on the DD! :)
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.
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!
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Thank you! :hug:
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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