Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bird Watching Camera

Bird watching, birding, has become a very popular sport, or past time, for visitors of State Parks and National Forests. Bird photography is a logical and exciting way to expand and enrich the hobby of bird watching. To take good photos of bird’s you will need a high-quality 35mm Bird Watching Camera. With this type of camera, you have the choice of shooting print or slide film. Many nature photographers prefer slide film since it tends to yield better image quality overall. You’ll also need a good tripod for your Bird Watching Camera. A tripod prevents camera shake and helps you get sharp pictures without blurring. A tripod is also recommended since, with bird photography, you’ll want to use a long focal-length telephoto lens. To the “bring the birds in close”, you’ll want a lens of at least 400 mm.

If you want to document your bird-watching with video, get a high-quality digital video-camera. This will allow you to capture video images of birds in high resolution and with good image quality. Mini-DV tape is available in 60- minute cassettes, and is reasonably priced. A good, strong tripod is also recommended for videography. The tripod should have the ability to allow the Bird Watching Camera to tilt and pan, and a long handle for added control. Adjustable resistance on the tripod will assist you in getting smooth pans when following your subject.

One has to use the Bird Watching Camera properly for great results. Begin photographing from a distance, and with a wider lens angle, to photograph birds in a larger context. Then carefully move closer (or zoom) in more closely to get detailed photographs. Utilize natural visual barriers, such as vegetation, to block the birds’ view of you and provide concealment as you take pictures. Read and learn about the behaviors of bird species you intend to photograph. The more you know about your subject, the more likely you are able to approach them successfully and get good photos. And lastly be ethical and earth conscious. Never do anything that harms or disturbs birds or other animals in the wild, or damages the ecosystems in which they live. Don’t litter. Take nothing out of wildlife sanctuaries or wilderness areas except what you brought in with you and leave behind only footprints using a Bird Watching Camera.