Camera settings for photographing birds in flight?

8 years 1 month 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?


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8 years 1 month ago - 8 years 1 month 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.

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8 years 1 month 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?
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8 years 1 month 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.


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8 years 1 month 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.


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8 years 1 month 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.

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