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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8 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2017 f you are just beginning bird photography, or started out with a point-and-shoot camera and are ready to step up to the next level and take better-quality photos, this article will help shed some light on which DSLR (digital single lens re- flex) camera types are better for pho- tographing birds in action. Regardless of whether you are taking photos to share on social media or getting that urge to sell a few prints, the right camera can help you develop a nice portfolio of good-quality images. Why DSLR? Simply put, DSLRs produce higher- quality images. They have better sen- sitivity to light, they have faster shut- ter and focusing speeds, and they can take an array of different lenses from super-wide-angle to telephoto, de- pending on what you are photograph- ing. Point-and-shoot cameras come in handy for simplicity, size, and price, but won't produce a high-quality im- age in comparison to a DSLR. With so many DSLR cameras avail- able and new ones coming out all the time, it can be a daunting task to figure out which to buy. Fortunately, there are plenty of good photographers out there who specialize in photograph - ing birds, and they have plenty of experience with different types of cameras. They can offer advice on the I n A fast burst rate will give you a better chance at freezing your subject. It's ideal for photographing a Bald Eagle swooping in to grab a fish. (Sony A99, Minolta 600mm f/4.0 HS APO, ISO 250, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, 840mm) Photo © Brian Allen

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