Bird Photography Etiquette Birds come First, Do No Harm Habitat is Precious Birders are People too!Emotionally Intelligent-Manners Careful with PishingUse recordings wisely, if allowed Tripods can be hazardous Share See Ethics at NANPA & ABA
Have an Open MindJohn Shaw thinks you can learn from other people’s photographs IF you look with an open mind. “A lot of people look at pictures and their instant reaction is, I could have done that. They should be asking, “How did they do that?”Leave yourselves open to learning from the photograph.”
Wow! Cool Shot.You must have a really good camera. Was it the camera that really did all the work?
Left Brain, Right BrainTechie side …have to be the craftsman and technicianto deal with f/2.8 and all those weirdthings.Artsy side …have to be the poet, the artist and dealwith the emotional, the impressionistic.To succeed you need both sides engaged.
Edward Weston, ”Composition is…….. ….…the strongest way of seeing.”• Simplify and Exclude, then Balance• Light-Dark, Big-Small• Color & Tone, Warm-Cool• Line & Form, Patterns, Texture• Rule of Thirds, Negative Space• Leading lines, Diagonals• Left-Right, Up-Down, Closer-Farther• 4th Dimension: The Right Time
Without the CRAFTyou will struggle for the ART.
Don GiannattiPhotography is... ….Jazz with a camera.
Don GiannattiJazz musicians…… Imitate (deconstruct) Assimilate (second nature) then Innovate …..thinking ahead to Improvise
LOVE the EQUIPMENT you have. Master what you have!Don’t buy a bunch of stuff until you’ve mastered your gear.
“It is not the arrow that hit the target,but rather the archer’s skill that put it there.” -Tyson V. Rininger You create the image. But, gear does matter.
Camera Settings Color mode-Adobe vs. sRGBJPEG Fine, RAW-lossless,12 bit vs.14 Biggest Size
Camera Settings Color mode-Adobe vs. sRGB JPEG Fine, RAW-lossless,12 bit vs.14 Biggest Size Continuous High Shooting Mode-FPS White Balance-AWB, Daylight, CloudyPicture Modes-Standard, Portrait, Vivid
Camera Settings Color mode-Adobe vs. sRGB JPEG Fine, RAW-lossless,12 bit vs.14 Biggest Size Continuous High Shooting Mode-FPS White Balance-AWB, Daylight, Cloudy Picture Modes-Standard, Portrait, Vivid Metering Modes-Evaluative, Spot, CenterISO-Use base 100,200 for tripod &portraits ISO-Use 400,800 for handhelds and BIFs Auto ISO (200-800 @ 1/500th)Aperture Priority-Subject Distance and Size Manual
Quiet YourselfCalmness promotes steadiness Birds are vocal & listenQuiet promotes ConcentrationBirds get used to Camera clicks
Slow DownWild Dogs vs. Mountain Lions The Rule of Sandwiches….Good birds show up the minute you put down your camera to eat your lunch. Use the “Little Sit”, letting the birds come by and come to you. from “Good Birders Don’t Wear White”
Movements and Colors Slowly Indirectly Low Minimize Contrast Clothes for Habitat & Birds Use Natural CoverYellow-billed Cuckoo Kleb Woods
Use Car as a BlindWood Stork 290 @ Bauer Rd Pond
Local Hot Spots:ELMKleb Woods Nature PreserveBrazos Bend State ParkThe Katy PrairieKPC Warren Ranch Lake, etcPaul Rushing ParkAttwater PC NWRLake Houston SPJesse Jones ParkQuintanaBolivar PeninsulaSan Bernard NWRHigh IslandSpring Creek Greenway Ntr CtrAnahuac NWRBear Creek ParkBellaire Nature Discovery CenterW.G. Jones Forest
The Next one is Best! Always expect the next one to be the best one. “The way to think aboutphotography is that the next frameyou shoot will be the definitive one. Take another shot and always believe that the one you haven’t taken will be even better.” John Shaw