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Bird Photography Tips – Background and Surroundings for Better Bird Photos (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg

©Ethan Meleg Keel-billed toucan, Costa Rica. Gear/Settings: Canon 1DX, 500mm f/4 IS II lens, ƒ4@1/250 sec., ISO 800

©Ethan Meleg
Keel-billed toucan, Costa Rica.
Gear/Settings: Canon 1DX, 500mm f/4 IS II lens, ƒ4@1/250 sec., ISO 800

The background and setting surrounding the bird are extremely important ingredients in a bird photo. To be sure, they can make or break a photo. These elements are often ignored, although probably not on purpose. It’s hard enough to just get a sharp photo with the bird being a decent size in the frame without having to worry about other things. Creating successful environmental portraits of birds is downright difficult!

Nevertheless, if your goal is to capture the best possible bird photos, you need to pay attention to these key components when you’re clicking away. Let’s dig into the details of what makes a pleasing background and setting, and how you can achieve them …

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