Several people have expressed an interest in Bird Photography as a way of extending the enjoyment they get from Bird Watching. For starters ;there are several books available. My favorites are:
The Art of Bird Photography by Arthur Morris
Photographing Birds in the Wild by Paul Hicks
Nature Photography Field Guide by John Shaw
Moose Petersons Guide to Wildlife Photography
All of these books cover basic techniques and equipment options with stunning images to back them up. Others of interest include:
How to Photograph Birds by Larry West and Julie Ridl
Photographing Wild Birds by Chris Gomersall
Digital Wildlife Photography by Chris Weston
The Masters Guide for Wildlife Photography by Bill Silliker, Jr.
There is a common theme in all. Average photographers will take average pictures with the best of equipment. Good photographers will take great pictures with almost any equipment. As with any skill, it takes practice, practice, practice. Just like using binoculars or spotting scopes, after a while it becomes second nature. The camera (and its controls) must be an extension of your hands and eyes.
Next comes Networking. Find someone in your area who enjoys Bird Photography and try to hook up with them. I dont know a photographer who does not enjoy sharing his/her knowledge with others. Dont be bashful.
LETS NOT TIE UP THIS WEB SITE WITH PHOTO Q & A. I can be reached at bobmargconway@.... Hopefully, others will offer there e-mail address for off line contacts.
Happy shooting.Bob Conway
- To all bird lovers-photographers
Bob Conway hit the nail on the head. We are supposed to help one
another and remember where we came from. I applaud Bob's response