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Spring Bird Photography

SET YOUR SIGHTS ON
BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY


Whether you're just learning to spread your photographic wings or
are a full-fledged pro, Henry's has the bird photography equipment
and accessories you need to help you photograph birds of all kinds.

The Best Cameras for Bird Photography

There are three things to look for in a camera you intend to use for bird photography: Fast autofocus, great low-light shooting, and a good selection of lenses. These cameras are some of our top picks to help you get the best shots:

Two Tips for Taking Sharp Pictures of Birds

Detailed photo of a blue jay with a blurred background.

1. Separate your subject from the background

Look for opportunities where there is a good distance between your subject and what's in the background. Select a wide aperture, so you capture the crisp details of your subject, but the background is blurry.

2. Use a Fast Shutter Speed

Set your camera's shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second or above to freeze the bird's movement without any blur. Keep an eye on the ISO as well, so your images don't get grainy.

Photo of a hummingbird taken at a fast shutter speed.

Bird Photography Lenses

Lenses with higher focal lengths - especially 300mm or more - will help you get the shots you want. In many cases, you will be a fair distance from your subject, either so you don't scare them away or because you physically can't get closer. Longer lenses will help you overcome that distance.

Two More Tips

Photo of a bird with its nearest eye in focus.

1. Focus on the bird's nearest eye.

If the eye is not in focus, your photo will be less than satisfying. A glint of light in a bird's eye can bring your photo to life.

2. Get the Support You Need

Even with image stabilization and vibration reduction, using a tripod or monopod will give you a better chance of getting the shot you're after.

Photo of a yellow warbler taken using a tripod for stabilization.

Accessories

Some accessories like tripods and gimbals are great for capturing images of birds no matter where you're shooting from. Other accessories can be chosen to support when and how you shoot. Lights can soften shadows and help bring out fine details. Straps and bags can help you carry and protect your gear.