Happy National Bird Day!
Here's the challenge of bird photography: Most birds are small, fast, and far away. They're easily spooked by humans, so if you want to get a good, close shot, you need a super-telephoto lens, a fast camera, and a good, supportive tripod. Add to that mix the fact that the winter is the best time of year to shoot so you need to dress appropriately, and you can see why many photographers consider bird photography to be more challenging than any other picture-taking discipline.So, in celebration of National Bird Day, we at the Adorama Learning Center have put together a package to help you catch birds—even backyard birds—in their glory:
Bird Man: A portfolio of John Isaac's Close Encounters of the Avian Kind is our first-ever pro shooter portfolio, featuring the work of the former chief photographer for the U.N. One of John's passion these days is birds. Check out his two dozen photos of egrets, eagles, backyard finches and more.
Backyard Bird Photography Gear Guide is Russell Hart's look at the best accessories to help you photograph birds either in your own backyard or in any exotic locale.
Scott Bourne Interview—AdoramaTV: Tamara Lackey interviews Scott Bourne, who loves photographing birds and explains bird photography's joys and challenges.
Wildlife Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas—AdoramaTV: In this episode of "How'd They Do That" Mark and Will talk about Will's career as a professional wildlife and bird photographer, his work with his brother Matt, the "beetlecam," and their aim to inspire others.
Wildlife Service: Beyond Long Lenses Bob Atkins guides you to the stock-in-trade of birding photographers, the telephoto lens.
Adorama Photographs America: Birding in South Florida: With so many migrating birds taking up winter residence in the Sunshine State, birder Diane Miller gives you practical advice for visiting Florida in order to shoot birds.
There's more! Go here for a complete list of our bird-centric photography tips and guides.
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