National Geographic’s Photographer Of The Year Winners – 2016

National Geographic represents the epitome of excellence in nature photography and this year has been no exception!  The stunning images submitted over 11 weeks have been judged and winners announced.

CLICK HERE FOR GALLERY

My personal favourite was the drongo struggling for a meal amidst a bushfire.  Such a brave little guy!

Having clicked through all the galleries, I am amazed by the variety and quality of each photo and the skill of the photographers.  I don’t think I would have a chance but if you do, then read up on the rules and get ready for next year!

Better Photography – Hand Holding Your Camera

In most cases when you are birding, you will be walking along a trail where it isn’t always practical to bring a tripod along.  You have to be ready to move fast as birds fly overhead and grab your camera quickly.  In other words, you will be “hand-holding” your camera.  Here’s the best way to do it.

 

Better Photography – Aperture & F Stops Explained – Part 1

DSLRs can be really confusing with all the controls and I still don’t really know how to use aperture and F stops so I was hunting around on Youtube and found this video which explains it very well with example shots taken at different F stops so you can see the effect on the background.  With bird shots, you usually want to background to be blurred out so the bird is clearer so you want a lower aperture.

 

Better Photography – Backlighting Part 1

Don’t you just hate it when a bird is on the wrong side of the sun?  It happens to me all the time and I never could figure out how to deal with it.  This tutorial gives some great advice that should tide us over until we learn how to move the sun or persuade birds to fly to a more suitable perch!

 

 

Don’t Lose Your Lens Caps

We’ve all been there.  You have your camera gear at hand and on your way to a birding hotspot when all of a sudden a bird unexpectedly flies overhead.  You scramble for your camera, rip off the lens cap and set it down somewhere and frantically try to get your shot.  Then you get so busy looking through the shots to see if any of them are good you forget to put the lens cap back.

Long after you’ve moved on, you realize the lens cap is gone and you aren’t sure where it went.  How annoying!

These nifty gadgets could solve that problem and at $5.99 for a pack of 5 are not expensive.

 

Even better, get a pack with spare lens caps – once you click on the link there are more sizes on the page.