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by David Lilly
Recommended Equipment for Bird Photography
This is the reccommended equipment by the Canadian Bird Photographer for bird photography. Some of the equipment is expensive, buy what you can afford. Any combination of the equipment listed will get you into bird photography. Remember, no matter what equipment you use, it is important to learn how to use it. Note; it does not matter if the equipment is Nikon or Canon etc. < To see recommadations Click Here >
Article - Removing unwanted objects from a Bird Photograph by David Lilly
Many bird photographers assume if they buy the latest and best camera they will be a better bird photographer. We know that is not the case. Yes, you will have more megapixels, the latest processors and and a little better ISO settings for low light.
During the last ten years camera technology has changed fast. Every new camera had some improvements worthy of upgrading. However, the technology has now gotten to the point where their is no need to upgrade if you have the latest camera. As a matter of fact today (2015) a bird photographer could purchase a camera for less than $800.00 and have more then enough resolution for any photography. Let me explain. <Read More>
Update: I just bought the Nikon D 7200 - Email me if you have questions on this camera.
Article - What Camera Should I Buy? by David Lilly
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House Wren by David Lilly
Lincoln's Sparrow by David Lilly
Sometimes we have to photograph a bird with unwanted branches and other objects in the photograph. However, with modern photo editing tools we can remove unwanted objects easily. A quick fix to improve the look of a bird photograph is to remove unwanted objects from the photograph. In the photograph of the Grey Catbird below I removed the branches in the background. I was an easy fix, you can use the Clone tool In Photoshop or the Healing tool in Lightroom or the best is Snap Heal an App in the App Store. < Read More >
Marsh Wren by David Lilly
Photographing the White-faced Ibis by David Lilly
A few years ago it was very difficult to photograph the White-faced Ibis in Alberta. Their numbers were low and they were difficult to approach. Fast forward to 2015 and now it is completely different. The White-faced Ibis now returns in the spring in larger numbers to Frank Lake in Southern Alberta and the opportunities to photograph the bird are excellent. < Read More >
Let the Sunrise Silhouette your birds by David Lilly
Photographing into a sunrise can produce some great bird photographs. We had forest fire smoke in the air for the last couple of days, it made for some excellent light. Metering in not difficult, just meter as the camera light meter indicates. You can adjust in the software. The photographs should still be sharp. To photograph towards the sunrise you may have to move until the light is reflecting in the water where you want it. Then it is just waiting for a duck to swim into the photograph. I forgot to mention you will have to find water where there are ducks, or other birds.
Yellow Warbler by David Lilly
Young Cedar Waxwing by David Lilly
Waiting for the moment. by David Lilly
Waiting for the right moment to click the shutter is very important in Bird Photography. The split second can mean the difference between a great photograph and a bad photograph. Patience is needed, but the results for long waits will be rewarded. Below is a photograph of a juvenile Eastern Kingbird swallowing a Dragonfly after being feed by one of the parents. I saw the parents bring in food, so I waited and the one parent brought this Dragonfly.
Northern Goshawk by David Lilly
House Sparrow by David Lilly