How to Photograph Birds in Flight | Wildlife Photography Tips



34 Responses

  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 😀

  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.

  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.

  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

  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).

  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.

  7. Gipukan Yo

    February 9, 2018 4:05 pm

    Nicely framed 🙂 Wil try a smaller aperture next time to see

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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?

  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

  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.

  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.

  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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