How to Choose the Right Shutter Speed for Bird in Flight Photos

Getting tack-sharp photos of birds in flight is not easy, but when you get it right, the results can be stunning. One of the most fundamental aspects of this is choosing the correct shutter speed. If you are new to bird photography and wondering how to go about selecting the right shutter speed, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced photographer showing you everything you need to know. 

Coming to you from Steve Perry, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to choose the correct shutter speed for photos of birds in flight. If I had to give advice to a budding photographer, it would be simply to not be afraid of raising your ISO to achieve the necessary shutter speed to freeze motion. Many new photographers try to keep their ISO too low in an attempt to maintain maximum image quality. However, the important thing to remember is that you can do a lot to reduce noise in post-processing, but when a photo is blurry due to camera shake or subject motion, there is not much you can do to save it. So, don't be afraid to raise that ISO as necessary. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Perry.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Good advice from Steve Perry as always.