BY PEETER POLDRE, PHOTOGRAPHER – ALWAYS LEARNING AND STRIVING TO CAPTURE THE NEXT GREAT PHOTO!

Capturing Better Photos

Smartphone/Point and Shoot/Digital SLR. No matter what device you use to take photos, what looks fine on the device may leave you disappointed when you want to make that special image into an enlargement, a poster or a screen-saver. Each month, this column will aim to provide understandable, practical, largely non-technical advice to help you Capture Better Photos.

 

Capturing Backyard Birds

Summer or winter, your backyard can become a studio for bird photography. The key is a feeder near a natural feature, such as a small tree (1). Many birds, including the Baltimore Oriole, will seek a safe perch before flying to the feeder. This is where the most natural-looking photos are possible (2,3). A branch can be attached to the feeder, giving the bird a final perch before the feeder (4). Photos at the feeder are the least appealing (5) but do verify that orioles like grape jelly. The photographer was sitting quietly 10 meters from the feeder. Needless to say, the longer the telephoto lens, the better.