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Old 21-08-14, 09:05 AM
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Default Learning to use the new camera

Hi All,

As you may know I recently got my first DSLR. Yesterday I went to Warnham Nature Reserve to have a practice with it.

One of my main goals in photography is to capture birds in flight.

A few things I learnt yesterday are;

1. I need a bigger lens, My 18-55mm just doesn't cut the mustard. I have found a 70-300mm Lens that I am going to save for.

2. Sunlight vs Shutter speed is a pain! As it was a very over cast day I had to have the shutter speed quite low as the photos were coming out very dark if it was any faster.

3. I can crop... A lot. But, the pictures look rubbish!

Anyway, here are some of my very heavily cropped and a little blurry birds in flight photos!

Blue Tit - Landing by Benn Snaps, on Flickr

10562650_315742355254273_6183817882410197950_o by Benn Snaps, on Flickr

10547957_315742345254274_3431262263654728773_o by Benn Snaps, on Flickr

Blue Tit - Landing by Benn Snaps, on Flickr
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Old 21-08-14, 03:47 PM
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Keep going Benn. Light is a key factor.
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Old 27-08-14, 08:04 AM
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As Peter says good light makes all the difference.....and patience......which I do not have!! lol

Also I'd start with still subjects.... to encourage you to move onto more complicated shots at a later date.

Nice start tho Benn.

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Old 07-09-14, 07:53 PM
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Hi Benn,

The way I get round the light problem is to shoot in manual, set the speed and aperture and put the camera into Auto ISO it's not alway perfect but copes well in changing conditions
I've just bought a Tamron 150-600mm Lens and set speed at 1/1000 or 1/1250 aperture at f8 and auto ISO , you need the fast shutter speed with a longer lens to keep it sharp when hand holding particularly for birds in flight.


You can view my photostream here
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Old 07-09-14, 08:41 PM
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That sounds like an interesting approach to getting the balance between the variables sorted; hadn't thought of it but will certainly give it a go. Thanks.

Nice lens by the way. I've heard some good things about it and would appreciate your views when you've had a chance to evaluate it. Not that I've any plans to buy one any time soon...

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Old 07-09-14, 09:50 PM
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I've been using the same technique recently with my Canon 70D and Canon 400mm L lens. I tend to have the aperture wide open at f5.6 - this lens is very sharp wide open. For birds in flight I use Al Servo autofocus tracking mode instead of manual focus.
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Old 08-09-14, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for the tips Goldmaxx.

I have just started shooting in Aperture priority mode which is helping a lot. Im also now shooting in RAW. Which has helped a lot as I can do a lot more in the fine tuning of the photo. Just need a new lens! Have put a few photos up on my facebook page recently

I have been meaning to pop some photos up here too but keep forgetting!!
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