If I were only allowed to give you ONE tip to improve your bird photography, this would be that tip.
Point your shadow at the bird. Side lighting is cool for landscapes. Rembrandt style lighting is cool for portraits. Simple, straight-on, in your face, front lighting is cool for birds.
Unfortunately, the way Instagram works keeps changing and it’s tough to come up with a strategy to organically improve your interactions there.
But there is ONE thing I have tried that works for me, anyway.
Using the right hashtags and using them in the right place.
The Olympus OM-1 is just a small part of a storied history that many people don’t know about. Olympus is in its 100th year and just released a video that touches on some of this and the philosophy behind their approach to making cameras and lenses.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I realized that while I often talk about my bird photography, I haven’t written many pieces about the basics of bird photography. If you have any interest in this genre, I think that this list of tips will help you save time, and improve your keeper ratio. Please let me know if there are any glaring omissions or topics you think I should have mentioned in this post.
The featured photo for this post is a simple picture of a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) that I made in South Texas, last month. I used an Olympus 300 f/4 IS Pro Lens on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 X camera body, mounted to a RC-5570 Tripod with Uniqball UBH 45XC Ball Head with X-Cross Clamp. Triggered with an Olympus RM-CB2 Release Cable.
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I am lucky that I started working as a professional photographer in the old days when there was less competition. I occasionally think about what it would be like today. In some ways, the Internet has made it easier than ever to share your work with a large audience, but it has also made it much harder to stand out since everyone with a camera wants to make some extra change from their hobby.
In an ugly world, most of us can do no more than counter the darkness with a little bit of light. If you’re reading this, chances are you are a photographer, visual artist or in some other way involved in artistic pursuits. That’s good. That’s very good.
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