Incredible Bird Photographer Shares Her Secret Tips

Bird photography is one of the most beloved subgenres of the craft and one of the most difficult. In this video, a professional bird photographer goes through her best tips on how you can capture some beautiful images of our feathery friends.

Nigel Danson is joined by Rachel Bigsby, an incredible wildlife photographer here in the U.K., to discuss some tips and tricks for capturing birds. Bigsby has a breathtaking portfolio that is really worth taking the time to enjoy!

I have a little experience with bird photography, but I do mean "a little". On the occasional press trip to review camera equipment, I have had the opportunity to shoot some birds and I can tell you with confidence that it is most certainly not the easiest task. It seems to be that to be a good wildlife photographer, one of the most important skills to have is an understanding of wildlife and each creature's behavior. In macro photography — an area I do have some experience — capturing insects requires the knowledge of where they frequent and the best times to see them; this appears to map perfectly onto all wildlife photography.

Sit back and enjoy Danson and Bigsby shoot some Gannets while Bigsby gives some useful tips on how to succeed in this area.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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I generally enjoy Nigel's videos and applaud him for branching out into a photography genre. Likewise, Rachel Bigsby has produced some fine looking images and I would encourage people to check out her work. If one is looking for a "how to" or even real "pro" tips on shooting BIF, you'll likely be disappointed with this 24+ minute video. Nonetheless, the scenery, comradery, and subject matter are simply wonderful.