Garden bird photography can be done wherever you are, whether you live in the middle of a big city or in the middle of nowhere – it doesn’t matter.
This is because you will very much likely have access to outdoor space such as gardens, balconies, even window ledges are fine. With sufficient planning, you may not even need to leave your house to take photos of birds.
Garden Birds Photography Tips #1 – Lenses To Use
Garden birds are usually small in size – there are even those which you can carry or hold by the palm of your hands such as sparrows, robins or blue tits.
If you want to shoot a full-frame portrait photo of the bird, you will have to be very close to it.
Otherwise, you can opt to use a long lens of minimum 300mm in length. Using a 400mm lens will be good, but if you can afford it, the 500mm lens is most ideal.
Garden Birds Photography Tips #2 – Be Very Quiet and Careful
Through my experiences of photographing garden birds, I’ve come to realize that some garden birds are the gregarious sorts of little creatures since they will surprisingly let you come pretty close up to them before they take off from the little branch. Other garden birds however will fly off once they detect the very little sounds you make.
Here are two (2) tips to take better shots of garden birds:
- Gain The Little Garden Birds’ Trusts
You can get the birds to believe that your garden is safe for their morning feed by stocking up on bird food and leaving it out for the birds to eat.
- Hide and Get Up Close
You can also hide and take photographs of the birds from a hiding place that allows you to get close to the birds without having to scare them off.
Garden Birds Photography Tips #3 – Background Essentials
Another very important tip is to be aware of photographing birds in trees since they can bring about problems to the result of your shoot.
This can happen when the background which may be filled with messy branches that can snatch your viewer’s eyes off of the main subject; your garden bird. In such circumstances, you could use a large aperture, for instance f/4 or larger to help diffuse the background.
Nonetheless, it is best that you be pickier with the selection of backgrounds for your garden bird photography shoot. Leave the bird food on a branch with a better and more suitable background.
Otherwise, you can leave the bird food on the ground where there are also less distractions to avoid the viewer’s eyes from being snatched all over the place.