If you've watched my recent video about capturing birds of prey in flight, then you may be interested to know what gear myself and Greg used to capture our images.
Greg from Sunburst studio used the following Camera : Canon EOS R5 Lens : EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM telephoto prime lens. LINKS Photo Genius on Insta : @photogeniusbrisbane Greg Sullavan on Insta : @gregsullavan Brisbane Camera Hire : www.brisbanecamerahire.com.au Did you know? You can directly support this channel by buying a Photo Genius t-shirt. > Check out the Photo Genius merch store Thank you to our video sponsor Nord VPN Keep you and your data safe with Nord VPN. Get a 2-year plan plus 1 additional month with a huge discount when you use the promo code : photogenius It’s also risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Bird photography top tips.
Use a mode that you are most comfortable with, shooting Manual is great but a priority mode may be better as you will have less to worry about and you can concentrate more on tracking your subject.
Maintain a fast shutter speed to avoid blur, but also consider slowing the shutter down to show some movement in the wings (as we did in the video).
Use a focus mode that adjusts as the subject mode, this is typically called Continuous Auto Focus, AFC, CAF or Servo if using a Canon camera.
Keep the focus point on the subject, using the central focus point is recommended, but if you have a camera with eye or animal detect then of course use it.
Consider using a monopod to take the weight of the camera and lens as well as help with stability.
If you camera or lens has Image Stabilisation then set it to the sport mode (often mode 2).
Don't set the bar too high, you will miss plenty of shots, learn from the mistakes and keep going.