Birder's Guide

NOV 2017

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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14 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2017 Action Photos with DSLRs Get Even More Out of Your Camera For certain subjects, slow shutter speeds work better. To get the best results in photographing the Milky Way, for example, using a tripod is a must. Having a remote shutter release for your camera will help eliminate vi - bration that may cause blur in a long-exposure photo. I recommend using a fast, wide-angle lens of F2.8 or less, a shutter speed of 20 to 30 seconds and an ISO of 1600 to 3200 or more. This is where having a full-frame camera that performs better with higher ISOs comes in handy. Using a higher ISO will yield more detail in the Milky Way's core and your stars will be brighter. Waterfalls are also fun to photograph, where you get a nice blurred motion to the water. Again, using a tripod is a must when you are photographing at slow shutter speeds or low light. The longer the shutter speed for photographing the waterfall, the smoother the water appears. However, to compensate for lighting, you also have to adjust your other settings to get the desired effect. Direct sunlight or a bright day will yield a higher shutter speed and therefore less blur to the water. Some photographers purchase neutral density (ND) filters to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. This al - lows them to use a longer shutter speed in brighter conditions and still obtain the effect of smooth water. n To create the soft look of this waterfall, the author used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a 18– 135mm lens at f/5.6,30 sec, ISO 100, 42mm with a B+W 10-stop ND Filter, a tripod, and a remote shutter release cable. Photo © Sherrie Duris n The author stands still for 20 seconds as she aims a flashlight at the Milky Way during a long exposure night shot. (Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Rokinon 10mm F2.8, 20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200) Photo © Sherrie Duris

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