3 Tips for Birds-in-Flight (BIF) Photography (By Rick Sammon)

Looking to get tack-sharp shots of birds in flight? Here are three quick tips:

TIP #1:

Set your camera to the highest frame rate, focus tracking, a shutter speed of at least 1/1000th of a second, Animal Tracking and Eye Detection. Once your camera is set up, you can focus your attention on composition.

TIP #2:

Shoot with both eyes open so you can see other elements in a scene that can help or hurt your photograph. Also watch the background, which can make or break a photograph.

TIP #3:

Try to capture an interesting gesture. Photographs that capture an interesting gesture often win out over static portraits.

For more quick tips on BIF and action photography, check out Rick’s KelbyOne classes.
Rick Sammon’s Birds-in-Flight Gear: Sony a1, Sony 200-600mm lens, Delkin Devices 160GB CFexpress™ Type A Memory Cards, Delkin Devices USB 3.2 CFexpress™ Type A & SD UHS-II Memory Card Reader, MacBook Pro.


Award-winning photographer and Delkin ImageMaker, Rick Sammon does it all! Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas and to Lake Baikal, Siberia – the largest and deepest lake in the world.

He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick’s images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 42 books, including the popular Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light.

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