How To Do Bird Photography From Your Home

You don't need to go out in the middle of no where to shoot bird photography. Birds are everywhere, even in cities. And since they migrate, there are times during the spring and fall that a bird you rarely see might be sitting in your backyard. Because birds are almost everywhere we look, it's possible to pursue a bird photography hobby from the comfort of your own home.

Why Shoot from Home?

Everyone leads busy lives. To pack up you car and travel into the middle of nature takes a lot of time. Sometimes it's time that we don't have, so cut the travel time out and do it from home.

Make Your Home an Attractive Place

The best way to lure birds to you is to set up simple bird feeders and keep them stocked up. Your free food is going to attract a lot of takers, and eventually they're going to get in the habit of stopping by your place for a snack.

Set up Shop

Now that you have a regular stream of birds visiting you, it's time to decide on what kind of pictures to take. Because the birds are coming for food, you need to somehow incorporate that into your set up to maximize your shots. Where ever you decide to hide it is fine, as long as it's out of frame.

You're shooting bird photos from your home, but you want to create the illusion that you're in nature. If you have a backyard, then try to create a frame where everything man made is out of view. If you're in a more developed area or live in an apartment building, then this might be a little trickier. Whatever you want to do and how intensive it is is your call. Some people have taken pieces of wood and rigged them outside a window to look like a tree branch. 

Once you have your "set" ready, you can place the camera on a tripod, set a frame, focus it, and wait for the birds to come to you. If food is being used as bait, then you won't be waiting too long.

Birds in Flight

There are more opportunities to shoot the birds flying in the sky, but this requires a lot of skill. You need to have a long lens on your camera to compensate for the distance. A zoom lens will work for this as well. A tripod is recommended too. You have to follow the bird as it flies and snap as many photos as possible. It's difficult to match the birds' speed and is easy to lose it in your frame. These shots take a lot of work, but they look great.

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