In order to create beautiful images of birds on a consistent basis it is important to understand the many elements that combine to make a good photo. This includes: exposure, composition, light, sharpness, perch, pose, and background. However, these components are not absolute rules that must be followed in every image. As a matter of fact, some of the best images are those that break some of the rules or that are “outside of the box”. Nevertheless, understanding these 7 elements as a starting point will inevitably lead to better bird images.
… There is no one recipe that can be followed when it comes to creating beautiful images of birds. In fact, the most sensational images are often those that surprise us or that show us something we have never seen before. Nevertheless, these seven elements can be used as a guide to help us create consistently stunning images of birds in their natural environment.
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The 7 Elements of a Great Bird Photograph
By Glenn Bartley
Overview: Grab your camera and head outside. What’s stopping you from enjoying photography in the great outdoors? Whether it’s just in your back garden, or out in the rugged countryside, this essential guide has all the hints, tips and project guides you need to fire up your creativity and get more out of your outdoor photography. From the most intimate macro shots, to great landscapes, it’s all here.
Hints, Tips and Guides It all begins with some top outdoor photography tips to pique your interest and then we go on to help you understand exposure, focal length, depth of field, equipment options and more. Our guides to taking control of your camera’s shooting modes and exploring important photographic concepts can elevate your photography from simple snaps to amazing images worthy of the professionals.
Learn, Create, Explore and Enjoy Learn the techniques the professionals use to shoot a wide variety of photographic subjects. Our tutorials cover such diverse subjects as star trail photography, outdoor macro, forced perspective, daytime long exposure and crystal ball photography. Learn techniques that the professionals use. Photography is not some dark art known to a select few, it’s an amazing and enjoyable way to express your creativity and skill.
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In medieval cartography, Ultima Thule was a mysterious place beyond the borders of the known world. While modern mapping techniques have given us a cerebral knowledge of these once “off the map” regions, vast areas of the high Artic have seldom, if ever, felt the indentation of a human footprint. This is the photographic playground of Ottawa-based Michelle Valberg.
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Call of the Wild Photographing the rare wildlife and the vast and beautiful landscapes of the Canadian Artic.
by Mark Edward Harris
Photography by Michelle Valberg