Saturday, December 4, 2010

Learning : Photographing Birds


Photographing Birds


Pretty birds attract a nature lover quite impulsively. Capturing them through camera is the innate desire of any nature photographer. A few points can help us photographing the birds perfectly.

1. Being a nature lover, our prime aim should be not harming the birds.

2. Before photographing them on a particular location, we have to study their behaviour and activities first. This supports clicking their pictures in a natural manner.

3. We have to position ourselves at a distance or behind a hide so that birds may not get alerted of our presence.

4. The ideal time to click the birds is that of early morning or late evening. The dynamic light of these situations helps in boosting the details and colours of these little creatures.

5. The use of a telephoto lens (such as 300 mm, 400 mm or 500 mm) or a long ranged zoom lens (such as 70-300 mm, 150-500 mm or 170-500 mm) is always recommended. The activities of the birds can be captured from a lengthy distance by using these lenses.

6. The use of high shutter speed (1/500 second or more) is a necessity for bird-photography as the birds are extremely quick in their activities. Here the need of high ISO setting (400 or more) automatically takes birth. Thus the combination of a high shutter speed and a high ISO is a necessity.

7. Due to the swiftness of birds, we should set our camera at continuous shooting and continuous focusing modes for all time. These modes help out during clicking flying birds. Applying these features and panning the camera properly will lead us towards perfect capture of these small beings.

8. Lastly, “the right click at a right moment” (with aesthetic sense) is the key to photograph the birds aptly.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma


  1. Beautiful Photos!
    Thanks for shearing them with us
    A hug

  2. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the Birds and the Tips for the bird photography. - Best regards.

  3. Dear Pankaj Ji,

    Thanking You for sharing your valuable experience with us.

  4. Dear Javier, Tilak ji and Swami ji,
    Many thanks for your valuable comments.
    --Pankaj :-)

  5. Fabulous Work Sir !
    Raj Kashyap

  6. Thanks for sending lovely pics. Keep well.
    A. K. Chaudhuri
    Medical Physicist-cum-RSO

  7. Good images.

    K. B. Jothady APSI - Mumbai

  8. Birds photographs are really nice but nicer part is the tips given for shooting the birds

  9. Thanks for sending blogs of your works bird very nice friend.

  10. Dear Mr. Raj, Mr. Chaudhury, Mr. Jothady, Gopal ji, and Dr. Shankar,
    Heartiest thanks for your comments and for being in touch.


  11. आप अपने कैमरे और प्रयुक्त लैंस का फोटो देते तो और अच्छा लगता ! हर फोटो के साथ शीर्षक एवं उसमे प्रयुक्त अपर्चर , शटर स्पीड , लैंस आदि की सूचना इन चित्रों में जान डाल देती ...मगर बधाई इस खूबसूरत काम के लिए !

    नवोदित फोटोग्राफर्स के लिए बेहद आवश्यक सामग्री दे रहे हैं आप ! शायद गिने चुने ब्लागर हैं जो ऐसा कार्य कर रहे हैं ! पांचवां, छटा और अंतिम फोटो विशेष लगा !हार्दिक शुभकामनायें !

  12. Dear Satish ji,
    Many thanks for your compliments and suggestions. Please remain in touch.

  13. Dear Sharma ji,

    Thank you for birds photos. Very Nice.

    Uday Varman

  14. Dear Dr. Pankaj,
    I saw your Bird photos. They have come really fantastic.
    Raja Sah (NAINITAL)

  15. Thank you Sir for sharing the wonderful article and your pictures too are great.

    Thank you.


    Anwarali Kapasi

  16. Thank you sir,
    for sharing important tutorial and images.

    chandan d.n.gaonkar(goa)

  17. good morning sir,

    as always i have no more words to say about your incredible photographs on nature & wildlife.


  18. Dear Doctor:
    After reading your practical yet simple-looking advice, if I were a few decades younger, you would have found me busy in the field (snap)shooting the Birds!
    Trust beginners will derive benefit by studying and acting on your easy to translate your tips into successful pictures.
    K.G.Maheshwari, MUMBAI

  19. Thanks for sharing yet another educational chapter.

    Subhash Sapru

  20. Dear Mr. Uday,Mr. Sah, Mr. Kapasi,Mr. Chandan, Mr. Jagmohan,Mr. Sapru and Respected Maheshwari ji (Babu Ji),

    Heartiest thanks for your messages.