Bird Photography - The Art of the Composition

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Bird Photography - The Art of the Composition

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This is not a book on exposure or gear but rather, a guide to composing for birds.  I wrote this PDF eBook in response to the many comments and emails that I have received over the years. Most of the questions in those emails were related to composition, especially when it comes to bird photography.

I have never conformed to many of the compositional rules, as they were just not pleasing to my eye. I decided to put together a culmination of compositional thoughts that have served me well over the years and that appeal to the artist inside of me. Adhering to my own guidelines has helped me win two Categories in the prestigious Windland Smith Rice Nature's Best International Competition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I- Getting Started

   Technique

   My Thoughts on Gear

   Cameras, Lenses

   Tripods & Heads

   Teleconverters

   Getting Close

Part II- Settings

   RAW or JPEG? 

   Exposure & Histograms

   White Balance

   Aperture and Portraits

   Shutter Speeds and Flight Photography

   ISO

   Focus Points

Part III-Composition

   Backgrounds

   Other Elements

   Choosing the Best Subjects

   Head Angle

   Rule of Thirds

   Head Shots

   Reflections and Shadows

   Bird in Heaven Technique

   Woodpeckers

   Perch Size Matters

   Nest Shots-Murphy’s Law

   Birdscapes

   Small in the Frame ~ Minimalistic

   Adults with Chicks

   Juxtaposition

   Predation

   Behavior Shots

   Composing for Flight

   Vertical Flight Shots

   Wing Positions

   Action Shots

   Resting Poses

   Preening Poses

   Multiple Birds

   Feather Detail Abstracts

   Unique Compositions

Part IV- Lighting

   Sun Angle/Wind Angle

   Backlight & Sidelight

   Silhouettes

   High Key

   Photographing in the Snow

   Low Light & Intentional Blurs

Part V– Finishing Touches

   Image Sizing & File Handling

   JPEG Sharpening

  Noise Reduction

  Cloning on a Layer

  Inverse Layer Mask

  Remove the Blue from a Shadow

  Contrast Mask

  Final Thoughts, My Gear, My Bio, Acknowledgements