How to Photograph Birds in Flight | Wildlife Photography Tips

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  1. Wild Portrait Artist

    November 21, 2017 8:04 pm

    super useful tutorial. I'm not so bad with larger birds but songbirds are nearly impossible for me! They're so quick! Thanks for these tips 😀

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  2. Dawn Simonelli

    November 23, 2017 10:23 am

    That was a really good video.  I am really finding it difficult to get the focus….been a bit hit and miss.  Great info thanks.

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  3. samantha gregorikosis

    November 27, 2017 6:01 am

    What an absolute pleasure to listen to you. Clear, concise with great tips. I'm sold on your tutorials. THANK YOU.

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  4. EiricNJ

    January 3, 2018 6:21 pm

    How will it be possible to get a good flight shot of a bird in dusk or dawn with an aperture of f/9. Absolute bullocks

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  5. Roger M Hunt

    January 5, 2018 9:43 am

    It's an ok video with some useful basic tips, but I don't agree that a gimball is 'a must' (as you say at the beginning) nor that Extenders are 'a no-no' because of autofocus issues (it depends on what camera you have and whether or not you're using native or non-native extenders). rogerhunt.photography

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  6. micheal bolton

    January 31, 2018 10:57 am

    i would like to add, Olympus EM1 with 1.4x teleconverter DOESNT interfere with AF speed.
    its truly amazing.

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  7. Gipukan Yo

    February 9, 2018 4:05 pm

    Nicely framed 🙂 Wil try a smaller aperture next time to see https://www.flickr.com/photos/gipukan/4445687737/

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  8. Tony Turner

    March 30, 2018 11:07 am

    Some very helpful tips, thank you, but would like to add that, in my opinion, back button focusing is a must for tracking birds in flight.

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  9. pete draper

    April 7, 2018 8:03 am

    Good video – I have subscribed. I cannot agree with your assessment of teleconverters, though. I use a Nikkor TC14EIII with my Nikkor 300mm f4 PF VR on my D500, though I would not use one on my Nikkor 200 – 500mm. I also use an Olympus 1.4TC with my 300mm f4 on my Olympus EM1 mark II – and don't have a problem. Auto focus is still stunningly fast with both systems. I also always choose back button focus and auto ISO. I tend to use a faster base shutter speed of 1/2000th (where lighting permits) but, like you, use f8 where possible.

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  10. D4ddyprime

    May 4, 2018 5:28 pm

    @natureTTl does your Sigma Lens and Nikon camera allow you to use autofocusing on your outer AF points? Or are you using the center cross points specifically? Thanks!

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  11. Mark Harris

    May 12, 2018 3:50 pm

    A very very useful video, with plenty of great tips. I have to admit because I have some upper body difficulties this is far from my strong point and if I’m hand holding it has to be my 70-200 on my 7DII. Life it much easier if I use my gimbal head as I then can use my Sigma 150-600 Sport.

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  12. Steve Cain

    June 18, 2018 2:42 pm

    "4/1000ths of a second for quicker birds", that's 1/250ths – really? You might want to reconsider that.

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  13. CWB Ray

    August 18, 2018 4:17 am

    Hi, Some followup questions: (1) At 10 FPS does the mirror impact cause softness/shake in the image? (2) On a 20MP camera, How much should the bird fill up the viewfinder when you are trying to get a single bird's photo?

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  14. KeetsBeautifulFlukes

    September 8, 2018 8:35 pm

    Would this work if you have a regular lens like canon’s regular 75-300mm lens? I’ve tried doing this on whale watching trips and used my shutter Speed on 320 which is too slow oof

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  15. Guy Bradbury

    September 29, 2018 11:11 pm

    Very surprised to see you raising the center column so high while shooting with a heavy camera and lens setup. That is counter productive. Why not just use a monopod? Tripod stability comes from three legs, not a monopod on top of your tripod.

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  16. Butch Dye

    February 18, 2019 2:35 pm

    I totally disagree with you on teleconverters. Just because you can not gets results with one doesn’t mean i can’t. I have gotten great shots with a 1.4x converter on a 300mm prime. Bye, bye. You lost me after that comment.

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  17. Dan Phillips

    March 25, 2019 6:30 am

    I use a tele converter and hand hold so your first 2 suggestions should be preferences not absolutes and some of my shoots are top class.
    It really is up to the person in my opinion.

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