01 October 2017

Intro to Birds in Flight Photography: Settings & Tips

Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town: Camera / Lens Settings & Tips

Freezing the motion of a bird in flight (BIF) Demo Images
Canon EOS 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens ISO 500 / f/6.3 / 1/3200s

Canon EOS 70D Birds In Flight
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm Lens

Canon EOS 80D Birds in flight Photography Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight 10 Frames Per Second Demo

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Large Zone Autofocus Testing
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Large Zone Autofocus Testing


Starting Out with Birds in Flight Photography
Starting Out with Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm IS II lens (Tv Mode)

One advantage of using fast shutter speeds is the freezing of motion of birds in flight (BIF). On a DSLR and / or advanced compact / bridge camera this is achieved by either Manual or Tv (Shutter Priority) Mode.

DSLR vs Compact / Bridge Camera (ito faster lenses / higher shutter speeds)
The advantage of a DSLR over a compact camera (imo after various tests) will be faster autofocus, improved lens image-stabilisation (IS) and the bigger image sensor (for improved low light shooting, depth of field and possibly some framing).

EXIF data (Images Below)

  • Canon EOS 700D body
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens
  • Tv Mode 
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s 
  • Aperture: f/8 (selected by camera) 
  • ISO 250 - 320
  • Focal length: 280mm (slightly cropped) 
  • Multi-Shot Mode / AI Servo / RAW

Cape Town Location / Conditions
Milnerton Lagoon / Cape Town (30/07/2014)
Sunny / Windy


Below Images: Canon EOS 700D / EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 700D / EF 70-300mm IS USM lens
Canon EOS 700D / EF 70-300mm IS USM f/8 ISO 320 1/1000s Multi-Shot Mode IA Servo


Canon EOS 700D / EF 70-300mm IS USM lens
Canon EOS 700D / EF 70-300mm IS USM f/8 ISO 250 1/1000s Multi-Shot Mode IA Servo

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Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town