Camera settings for photographing birds in flight?

7 years 5 months ago #264365 by Adam Nagle
Assuming you have a fast lens, what camera settings would you have when trying to photograph birds in flight? BTW have any of you tried those flash extenders? I'm just wondering how easy is it to catch the bird with the beam in mid flight?


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
7 years 5 months ago - 7 years 5 months ago #264370 by Stealthy Ninja
I would use 1/500 (1/1000 better) at the slowest myself. Then stop down as much as possible to keep the DOF nice and deep. The ISO I'd keep as low as possible but Shutter Speed trumps the need to keep noise low IMHO.

I'm not a BIF guy, so someone more experienced can say something if they'd like, I'm willing to learn.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
7 years 5 months ago #264442 by effron
BIF is a genre unto its own, there are some that devote a lot of time, energy and of course money. I will post a good link. The flash extenders (Better beamer) work fairly well, one to two stops improvement, more importantly fill some shadows at low light times of day, when birds get active. The link......

mikeatkinson.net/Tutorial-9-Photographing-Birds-in-Flight.htm

many more if you google....

Why so serious?
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
7 years 5 months ago #264491 by Joves
Generally it is 1/250 and up, it really depends on your panning abilities. One thing is the gimbal mount if you can afford one, while yes you can do it without one, you will have better chance with one. The real key with it is practice, practice, practice. And at first throw in some luck.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
7 years 5 months ago #264513 by robbie
Excellent postings....
My setup is .....
Aperture Priority...Continious Focus[ a must] ISO...400 or higher if shutterspeed to low.
Metering is Matrix[Nikon] but you need -ec to avoid blowing out the highlights.I don`t like 'Spot' metering because if the metering falls on the 'dark' area and there are white area it will be blown out.That`s a personal preference but a lot of shooters uses 'spot' metering.
Shoot in raw with center focusing point,those cameras with the multi-point focus is too confusing plus it might not focus on what you want to shoot.
Panning is good to learn because the bird going across you requires more shutterspeed to freeze the action but panning will freeze it at much lower shutterspeed.
Tripods for BIF`s isn`t for me,I have a 'sidekick' head but shooting stationary birds I rather handhold.
One more thing....Don`t think it`s easy shooting BIF`s,some days I don`t have one keeper.
Goodluck.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
7 years 5 months ago #264628 by crystal
giving what kind of fast lens you are talking about and how much or how little of light you have, and what kind of birds are you shooting, how fast are the birds flying etc... hard to say. Go out and shoot.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,

802.3K

205K

1.62M

  • Facebook

    802,251 / Likes

  • Twitter

    205,000 / Followers

  • Google+

    1,620,816 / Followers

Latest Reviews

Not sure if the Canon 5Ds R is right for you in 2020? Let us help you decide with this detailed Canon 5Ds R review.

May 20, 2020

Is the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera the right choice for you? Find out in this quick review of its specs, build quality, video capabilities, and more.

May 18, 2020

In the Fujifilm X-T2 vs Fujifulm X-T3 battle, which one comes out on top? These cameras are evenly matched, yet have distinct advantages all their own.

May 05, 2020

In the Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP debate, which one comes out on top? These cameras have many similarities, but their differences could lead you one way or the other.

May 01, 2020

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

What is a graduated ND filter? Do you know how to use a graduated ND filter? If not, check out this landscape photography tutorial!

May 21, 2020

My favorite drone is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. But after spending the last few weeks playing with the Mavic Air 2, I've come to the conclusion that it's the best drone you can buy for less than $1,000.

May 21, 2020

Not sure if the Canon 5Ds R is right for you in 2020? Let us help you decide with this detailed Canon 5Ds R review.

May 20, 2020

In this Snaptiles vs Mixtiles comparison, learn which photo tile is better from a build quality standpoint and ease of use.

May 19, 2020

Is the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera the right choice for you? Find out in this quick review of its specs, build quality, video capabilities, and more.

May 18, 2020

Camera cages offer tons of flexibility and versatility when using a DSLR or mirrorless camera for video. In this tutorial, learn how to use a camera cage.

May 18, 2020

If you sell clients prints, you should strongly consider offering high-quality canvas prints. But what makes a canvas good quality? Find out in this guide!

May 18, 2020

The Canon EOS R5 price might have been leaked by a camera website in Australia. If the price is accurate, you'll need a big pile of cash to get an R5.

May 15, 2020