Want to take better bird images? Here are seven things bird photographers should always be thinking about.
In his latest video in the “Bird Photography Secrets Revealed” series, Jan Wegener talks about seven photographic elements that all bird photographers should be paying attention to. Wegener has a very particular style of bird photography that is quickly recognizable, however he is not recommending these seven elements based on achieving a copy-cat look. This tutorial is much less about dictating exactly how your images should look in the end, and they are more tips on what to think about when trying to capture that winning photo for yourself.
As a beginning bird photographer, there is so much information and so many in-the-field skills to be learned both inside and outside of the photography work itself that is can be overwhelming. Wegener’s insight provides some important beacons to focus on when trying to figure out where to improve your craft next. If you want to get the most from these tips, I would suggest going out to shoot while only keeping one of these elements in mind as the day’s mantra. Then once you learn how to instinctively think about that element over the course of time, switch up your focus to one other one. Eventually these elements will start to come together in the field even when you think you are just focusing on one because it becomes that engrained in your photographic vision. This has always been my personal technique to learn faster and I hope it works for you as well.