Episode 1 Show Notes: Bird Photography ft. Arthur Morris

Peggy Farren 2016-09-10

Thank you all who attended our first episode of The Understand Photography Show on Facebook Live featuring Arthur Morris, bird photographer!

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Visit Arthur's educational blog. He posts virtually every day. He is now on a streak of 304 days in a row. You can find his blog here: http://www.birdsasart-blog.com

His website can be found at: http://www.birdsasart.com

Arthur is a co-founder and co-owner of BirdPhotographer’s.Net where you can post your natural history images — it ain’t just birds! — and get honest critiques done gently. Visit this photography critique community here:

He also recommends The Work of Byron Katie at thework.com. This free resource helps you to learn to love what is and be at peace.

Canon and DPI-SIG had Arthur present at Florida Southwestern State College in "A Bird Photographer's Story." The recording will be available for members only on their website: http://dpi-sig.org/

Top 10 tips for bird photographers:

  1. Work hard and study, but don’t waste your time unless you really love it.
  2. Get out early, and stay out late.
  3. Get low and move slowly.
  4. Study your subjects and learn everything you can about their biology and habits. The best way to do this is not in a book; get out and watch them!
  5. Point shadow at your subject. When it’s a clear day, strive to work with the sun right behind you. Sun, photographer, then subject on a 180-degree line. For silhouettes or backlight, you want the sun right behind the subject! All again on the same 180-degree line: photographer, subject, and then sun. This will give you the strongest silhouettes and richest prettiest.
  6. Look at as many great images as you can.
  7. Get involved with birdphotographers.net: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/content.php
  8. Get on as many Birdasart Instructional Photo Tours as you can: http://www.birdsasart.com/include-pages/ipt-updates/
  9. Travel to great places; all the top contests like the BBC’s WPOTY and Nature’s Best almost always have honored images of Snow Monkeys and Stellers Sea Eagles and African Mammals.
  10. That said, work hard and study and you can learn to make contest-worthy images in your own backyard.
Top 5 mistakes amateurs make:
  1. Failing to paying attention to the sun angle...
  2. Being oblivious to what makes a good situation. Folks need to learn to consider that the background is often more important that the bird. The very best situations often feature distant backgrounds. Sit or get down right on the ground to move the background effectively farther from the bird. The results will be intimate and beautiful.
  3. Not using a tripod at slower shutter speeds.
  4. Give up the idea that of buying a great camera and lens and suddenly becoming a great photographer. Learn to use the gear that you own.
  5. Not joining a BIRDS AS ART INSTRUCTIONAL Photo-Tour: http://www.birdsasart.com/include-pages/ipt-updates/

Remember to e-mail Artie for gear and photography advice at samandmayasgrandpa@att.net. And be sure to check out the BIRDS AS ART Online Store at https://birdsasart-shop.com/ for the best in photographic accessories and educational materials.

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