Having Fun with Backyard Bird Photography


Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens. Shot in Manual mode @ 1/400, ISO 1250, F/4, 200mm.

Photographing birds in your backyard can be really fun and exciting, not just for you, but for the whole family as well,  especially your children. I mean just watching those tiny little birds take turns and feasts on the bird feeder is just crazy fun and can be really rewarding.

Here are a few tips to get some good photos:

  • Use the longest lens you have.
  • Shoot at wide aperture to blur the background and make your subject stand out.
  • Use a fast shutter speed to catch the action, this will minimize blurry photos.
  • Check your background for distraction.
  • Use your external flash to improve the quality of light.
  • Don’t be afraid to boost your ISO.
  • Crop for creativity.

Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens. Shot in Manual mode @ 1/400, ISO 1250, F/4, 200mm.

Canon EOS 20D with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens. Shot in Manual mode @ 1/250, ISO 400, F/8, 200mm.
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