Calling all bird/wildlife photographers

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Kamera RAWr, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    So, here's my situation... I enjoy taking and trying to take pictures of birds and other wildlife, but I'd love to get more keepers. I'm currently shooting with a D80 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. Indeed its a nice set up, but I'm having problems focusing and keeping focus on birds and such on the move. Any ideas how I can improve my skills (I assume its my skill, not so much my equipment :p)?

    Thanks for any helpful comments :eek:
  2. lurcher macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2004
    Perhaps post a link to some examples. Sounds like you need to learn panning (which ain't easy) for flight, and maybe try manual focussing for still shots if shooting from distance?
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    You'll get better if you shoot more. Some species are more predictable and easier to shoot than others. You can also deal with manual focus and depth of field calculators for birds or animals that are moving parallel to you. The more contrast the AF module has, the better it will perform, and being closer seems to help too. AF for things moving parallel is easier for the camera than for things moving towards you. Finally, the AF module on the D3/D300 is supposed to be significantly better and that's one place where an actual camera upgrade can make a difference.

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