Critter Corner: Area Photogs Flock to Metroparks
It is a challenge to capture images of birds for beginners and experts alike.
Dodd Camera holds a series of of photography workshops to get you acquainted with new gear and the world around you. Setting your alarm early and paying a minimal $5 fee will not only get you a gigantic breakfast muffin, expert guidance, camaraderie found only in other photo buffs, but also include "test-driving" any number of lenses to get you closer to the critters of your choice.
With the many migrating birds and beautiful fall colors many people chose to explore the bird world, although there were other programs available. There is a lot to the technical side of capturing the images, but here are a few quick tips to hone your skills.
Look before you click:
- what will attract birds to this location
- where is the food, water and shelter
- how is the light falling (time of day as well as cloudy or clear skies)
Check out your best angle
- where is the the sun and the shadows from the trees
- what is your ideal shot (what kinds of birds do you hope to spot)
- dress warmly in may layers with good shoes/boots
- bring tripod or monopod
- don't forget your own snacks and water
- with yourself
- with the equipment (which seems to malfunction when you most need it)
- and the birds you hope to capture
For more birding information take a look at www.sibleyguides.com