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In this article for Landscape Photography Magazine (when it had a wildlife photography section) I looked at how to get the best out of bird photography. You can download a PDF of the full article for free here: LPM Bird Photography I was a reluctant birder. It took my first [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:22:55+01:0031 Mar 2015|Birds, Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|

Wild Angle – Shooting Wildlife Wide

Landscape photography is all about short focal lengths for wide vistas and wildlife photography requires gargantuan lenses that can pick out a grain of sand on Mars. There you go, photography neatly segregated. In this article for Landscape Photography Magazine (when it had a wildlife photography section), I explored the use [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:21:32+01:0031 Mar 2015|Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|

When to use a tripod, monopod, beanbag or other camera support

Male urban peregrine falcon - a shot like this taken at 1200mm (600mm + 2x converter) simply can't be taken without a tripod. Nikon D800E, 600mm f/4 lens, 1/400sec , f/11, ISO 1600, Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 carbon fibre tripod with Wimberley Head Tripod? Monopod? Gorillapod? Baffled? Read on! Whether [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:19:34+01:0016 Nov 2014|Equipment, Technique, Tips, Tripods and Support|

How to Get Sharp Images When Hand-holding a Camera

Lion cub - part of a breeding and release project in Zimbabwe. This was taken with a 1/3200 sec shutter speed. f/1.4 isn't optimal for this 50mm lens, but at least the shutter speed freezes all motion. As usual with wildlife, the eyes are the most important thing [...]

By |2019-04-05T12:43:23+01:0013 Oct 2014|Technique, Tips|

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Male purple-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, Costa Rica. This shot required a very fast shutter speed of 1/4000 s as well as flash. It was also manually pre-focussed Photographing birds in flight is one of the most common things to want to achieve in wildlife photography, but it can be fiendishly [...]

By |2019-04-05T12:41:08+01:0026 Sep 2014|Birds, Technique, Tips|

Notes on a summer photographing swallows

Bringing home lunch More lunch! It's an uplifting experience to be heralded into the office by two duelling robins, each belting out a bright song from a nearby tree, with me receiving a glorious stereo mix in the middle. It's not robins I [...]