Discussion in 'Nature' started by richard_beisigl, Jul 14, 2011.
Could someone recommend a good basic book or books on bird photography; please.
If you want the low down on Bird Photography, check out Birds As Art . Arthur Morris and his friends have put together some wonderful material on bird photography. Some in book form, some on CD, some downloadable PDF. His blog is worth following too, but only if you aren't the type to get upset about Photoshop use. He does a lot of "Cleanup" work that bother some people, but there is no denying his images are beautiful to look at.
You could also check out Secrets of Digital Bird Photography. Some good tips, including places to go.
Two excellent books have been suggested. Also, roll around over at www.birdphotographers.net for a while. Consdier posting an image or two to their "Eager to Learn" Forum for useful critique. There are lots of Stickies in some of the educational threads that I've found very useful.
Thanks for the heads up on the site. Looks pretty good.
Thank you all for your recommendations, I very much appreciate all of you taking the time to advise me as to which book or books to look at.
Richard - The best advice I can give you is very simple. Take your time. Find a bird that's approachable and try to spend some time with it. With luck you will find one. Spend time on it. That's the bird which will give you some personality. It makes for a lot more interesting photo. Let me know how I can help you.
For me its the Audubon Society Guides or any other good bird guide. Of course technique and skill is important, but understanding your subject and its behaviors can be the key to getting the shot.
A great oldie is John Warham's "The Technique of Bird Photography". My copy is a 4th and last edition from waaay back in 1983 but the many insights on stalking, water drips, blinds, bird behavior etc etc etc are as valid today as they were then. So it's well worth tracking down a good used copy, they often go for just a few bucks.
Check out Alan Murphy's the Art of Songbird Photography. It is an ebook. Its great.
The internet has pretty much all the bird photography advice you'd need (including the websites of some of the authors mentioned here) - and it's free.
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