Birder's Guide

DEC 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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33 December 2014 | Birder's Guide to Gear proach what your amazing eye and brain saw in the feld. M aking great images depends more on getting the most out of the camera you have, whatever it may be, than owning the biggest lens or latest model. The best camera is the one you have at the ready and understand how to use. Know your gear, be creative, be persistent (within the guidelines of the ABA Code of Ethics; no photo is worth harming a bird to get), de- velop your eye for composition, and ac- cept serendipity. Most important, have fun out there! duction, Straightening (if I shoot a frame a bit off-kilter), and Sharpening. If my white balance seems bonkers or was mis- set, I'll use Color Correction (often just us- ing auto-correction). If I've got a dirty spot on my sensor that is distracting, I'll use a healing brush or clone it out, but that's about it. There is a seemingly endless selection of editing tips and tutorials out there if you'd like to learn more about any of the editing tools I mentioned or if you want go be- yond simple editing tips. The bottom line is that editing your photo, without over- doing it, will help you more closely ap- with their higher pixel counts. A quick check and adjustment of levels can bring the exposure into nice range if you missed it a bit in the feld (and I often do). Sizing the picture to match the audience is ideal. Your friends will thank you for not email- ing them giant high-resolution fles unless they specifcally need publication-quality pictures. With minimal practice, you can run through these three steps (Crop, Bal- ance, Resize) in well under a minute. A few other simple but helpful editing tools often fnd their way into my process- ing, depending on the situation: Brighten Shadows/Darken Highlights, Noise Re- Membership Benefts: • Field Rescue from the point of illness or injury • Evacuation back to the member's home hospital of choice • 24hr medical advisory services from critical care paramedics and in-house physicians • Specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine available in real-time • Global network of medical Centers Of Excellence • Paramedics deployed overseas to the member's bedside • Medical evacuation services provided up to a cost of $500,000 +1.617.459.4200 | | 1.800.381.9754 Offcial Evacuation Provider of the ABA Memberships from $119 Contact Global Rescue before your next trip!

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