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subject you are, the more its
movement is exaggerated. At
a distance, when a bird moves,
you don’t have to move your
lens much to follow, or track,
it. When the bird is close and
moves, you have to move your
lens much more.
Including action and bird
behavior in your photos is
one of the best ways to make
unusual and interesting pictures. Filling the frame with
action at a distance means the
bird doesn’t get spooked as easily, either, which is important.
With today’s high-quality digital cameras, a photo taken a bit
farther away can be cropped
without losing much quality. A
static portrait is nice and helps
with identifying birds, but photographing action, like a bird
with its wings up or bill open,
creates good angles.
Understanding these angles
will help improve your photography. Whether you photograph people, fish, or birds,
photography is an art. The art
of painting with light and using
all the angles can make exciting images and preserve lasting
Jeffrey Rich has been photographing birds for more than 30
years. He leads photo tours and is
a popular speaker at birding festivals. Visit jeffrichphoto.com.