01 July 2018

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 Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS Setup and Tips For 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