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Gaurav Mittal | Blog

21

Apr

Bird Photography Tips: Shooting tack sharp images

As a bird photographer I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that your images look tack sharp, this holds true also for other nature and wildlife photography. We are constantly striving to make an emotional and dramatic connection through eye contact with our subjects and as a photographer, making sharp and clear images convey and transfer that drama and connection to the audience.

Click on the image below to visit Visual Wilderness and get complete bird photography tips in my recent article.

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26

Mar

The background can make or break bird images

As a bird photographer, I always prefer to see birds perched or flying against colorful backgrounds that accentuate their beauty. As beautiful as birds are, in bird photography that almost amounts to nothing if one does not take into consideration that it is in the hands of the photographer to bring birds to life thru carefully crafted images. I say this because to most people birds are a distant moving or sitting subjects. Many photographers go into a shooting spree when they see a bird, often not taking into consideration about the background behind it. By virtue of considering and practicing the following concepts, your bird images can go from looking ordinary to spectacular. Read more…

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22

Feb

Bird Photography Tips: shooting action

In an interview with the team of Visual Wilderness, I share some valuable bird photography tips and talk about making action images.

Bird Photography Tips, Sandhill Crane, birds in flight

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29

Dec

Canon 7D Mark II Review

Canon 7D Mark II Review

 

Introduction

Three years ago when I got very serious about bird photography, I knew I needed to upgrade from my first DSLR the Canon 50D to something better. After a thorough research, I decided to invest in the Canon 7D, which had a slightly faster frame rate and being an APS-C camera with a crop sensor, gave me more effective focal length. Increased focal length is always a driving force for a bird photographer when considering a camera.  Equipped with my 7D and the 500mm lens, in December of 2011, I headed to Bosque, New Mexico. After two days of shooting with the 7D, much to my dismay I found that the ISO related noise handling was extremely poor, causing the images to suffer badly, it was surprising that even at very low ISO, images seemed to appear as if high ISO settings were used. The autofocus was also sluggish.

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05

Dec

Scouting early for bird photography workshop in Bharatpur

I have recently just completed a first round scouting visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park in preparation for my first bird photography workshop in Bharatpur in late January. I’m clearly excited about leading this workshop, the images below provide a good idea on what to expect in Bharatpur. Clearly there are vast opportunities to come away with lifetime of memories and learning experience.  It is a joy to visit Bharatpur as each visit provides a unique sense and feel to the place.

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23

Nov

Bird photography workshop in Bharatpur

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A little over two months are remaining for my first ever Bird photography workshop in Bharatpur and I’m very excited about the opportunity to help and educate the participants on the fundamentals of bird photography. From understand composition, exposure, having a proper workflow in post processing to the ethics when approaching wildlife in the field, I will cover all of these and much more.

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13

Oct

Creative photography and going beyond birds

One very important aspect of bird photography is patience and lots of it, without it you cannot come away with good images; it is also true that even after you have spent hours trying to photograph birds, you may still come away with unsatisfactory results, especially when you are shooting forest birds. While you may not come away with any good images on a given day, if you spend the time and pay close attention to your surrounding, then you will realize that there are much more to forests then just birds. There is so much beauty in the trees, the falling leaves, the intertwined hanging vines and even entangled little insects hanging gently from leaves that with some patience and effort you can do some creative photography.

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17

Sep

Bird photography tips: shoot with a purpose

1/100 sec F/5.6 ISO 800, Canon IDX, 600mm + 1.4x

1/100 sec F/5.6 ISO 800, Canon IDX, 600mm + 1.4x

In this image of the week, I continue to share some bird photography tips that will help improve the quality of your images and add purpose to your bird photography.

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10

Sep

Serene Green: Making impact in bird photography

1/3200 sec F/8.0 ISO 800, Canon IDX, 600mm + 1.4x

1/3200 sec F/8.0 ISO 800, Canon IDX, 600mm +1.4x

Birds by far are one of the most popular subjects in wildlife photography; every minute thousands of images are uploaded online showing birds in flight or behavioral activity. However, amongst the thousands only a few are attention catching. The problem lies in the fact that very little thought process is involved in the creativity, the composition and accurate post processing of the image. Read more…

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01

Sep

Romancing over candlelight dinner at Bharatpur

1/800 sec F/8.0 ISO 800, Canon 5D Mark III, 600mm +2x

1/800 sec F/8.0 ISO 800, Canon 5D Mark III, 600mm +2x

It is no secret that images created in the early morning or late afternoon light also known as the “golden hour”produce pleasing results. It is critical to be present at the right location and have the composition and the exposure setup because the light is ever changing and you get just a few seconds or maybe a minute to capture that magical moment.

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