Questions for the Wildlife Photography community
Working on improving my hit rate with bird photography. I've been shooting in manual mode the past couple of years and am unhappy with my keeper rate. So I did some research and changed up my settings. I use a 150-600mm lens on a crop sensor camera. I'm experimenting with shutter priority (usually 1/2000) with auto ISO and back button focusing. The back button focusing is taking a little time to get used to but I've read that it is pretty handy.
Here is a photo of a Canadian Goose on a really cold day. The rays of light were part of the original photo which I enhanced in PS. Additionally the fuzzy area to the right of the bill is his breath...it was 27 degrees outside when I took the shot. I would have loved to add this pic to my portfolio but it is too noisy. The ISO is 3600.
Anyways, here are my questions:
1. Since I'm shooting with a Nikon with a 1.5 crop factor, does that mean I take the inverse of the lens I'm shooting with to avoid camera shake. For example, If I'm shooting at 600mm, does that mean I have to shoot at 1 over (600 X 1.5) at a minimum?
2. Increasing my shutter speed results in my camera upping the ISO to get a well exposed shot. This introduces noise (see attached photo) into the image. I'm looking into denoise software. What are peoples experiences with Topaz Denoise...is it worth it? While we are at it, how about the Topaz Sharpen software.
3. Is an ISO of 3600 on a modern FF camera that much better than my photo? I'm using a Nikon D5600...
4. Any other software that you would recommend for this genre?
Thanks in advance!