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Bird Photography Tips and Tricks! Photographing small birds with the Nikon Z6II and 600mm F/4!

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Bird Photography Tips and Tricks! Bird photography can be difficult. These few tips are critical to capturing the fast movement of these small birds. These camera tips and some field craft tricks should help you get better images.

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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Mats Sandquist

    I normally photograph landscapes but I also think it's nice to try to photograph birds and this weekend I tried to catch a woodpecker but since it is spring here now there is a lot of leaves on the trees and to get the woodpecker in the picture I had to photograph through the foliage which made the camera seek focus on the leaves all the time. Any tips on how to solve it in the best way? Manual focus?

  2. Paolo García

    Couple of minutes listening to you and when you shared your feeling regarding your love for birds instantly I subscribed. You are my type of person.

    New subscriber here, greetings from Costa Rica. 🇨🇷

  3. I appreciated your brief segment on bird calls. One of my birding mentors observed that bird calls are much like learning a language, and doing that becomes more difficult after about the age of 12. He was fortunate in that he began birding before that age and was, therefore, very good at ID-ing calls.

    I got a Samsung Android (finally) for one purpose: to use the Audubon and E-bird apps to play songs and calls TO the birds; is there an app which enables one to ID a bird by recording calls or songs and then playing them back to the app to ID it? That would be wonderful! I know they have such apps doing this with photos, but what about audio?

    I began birding when I was 66 so my ability to ID birds by calls and songs has always been atrocious! I find that even if I know a bird's call, that if I haven't heard it for a while and I hear it again I don't know it for a while until my little gray cells kick in and give me a result.

    I keep enjoying your videos as evidenced by the fact that I am a subscriber (and commentor – which is a mixed blessing for you, I know! LOL).

  4. Beware of chiding too much as if you are talking to kids. Most of your viewers here are adults. Give us the benefit of the doubt that we do not expect for birds to pose for us or be somewhere on our schedule.

  5. Alex Murray

    GOOD JOB JOSH 👏
    I'm not a bird man, but I can appreciate this video, content, and what can be learned from it.
    Thanks.

  6. Jonah Johnson

    Really well done, Josh, and you covered all the bases. I've been doing bird photography as a passionate amateur for 10 years now and I still love every minute of it. Discovered your channel a couple of months ago and I love it. Practical, common sense, laid back, and you foster a sense of community. Thanks for all your work and passion. Keep it going!

  7. Nice Vlog. I purchased the Nikon 180-400 ( 11K ) and it was a good lens but I also have the 200-500 ( 1100.00 ) and I have found over time using both of them that the 200-500 is just as sharp but not as fast in focusing.

  8. in my country….exploring chances to photograph rare birds, mainly in the jungles, have been mind-soothing experiences. Love birds and bird photography

  9. Anton Taranenko

    Hi Josh)) thanks for the tips. The radial filters tool is my favourite to 3d pop the photos. Sometimes in the images like you showed example on, I also apply stretched ray like radial filters pointing out of the bright spot corner of the image and overexpose them (normally under even angle to the center of the bright spot and 3 pcs). It will create clean, flair free, sunstar like rays, in some cases looks very magical and dreamy.

  10. Joe Rambo

    You didn't explain half of the things you did on editing

  11. ali almesri

    Love your videos and advices, specially when get in to the wild, and without (whispering) like other wildlife photographers do in the YouTube .. shhshhshh

  12. Hisham Osman

    Great video Josh. When conditions permits, do make a trip to Sarawak State in Malaysia and you can shoot and study the Hornbills. This State has the most varities of Hornbills anywhere else in the world. Magnificent birds! They can prick open a coconut with their powerful beaks, hence why predators will think twice to attack a Hornbill. I have a Z6II myself and I'm still learning the various AF modes in this body. This camera is amazing, only my lack of knowledge in all aspects of photography is my deficit. Watching videos like yours is very educational indeed. Thank you Sir

  13. Coastal Bay 4K

    Just subbed….glad I found your channel. Some really good tips here 👍

  14. Jason B

    All your senses really get in tune………this is so true Josh!! Bird photography is definitely a sensory and spiritual experience!

  15. Scott Lewis

    I always want to go photograph some birds after watching your videos.

  16. Ted Whalen

    This was my favorite video that you have done, great stuff and thanks for sharing.

  17. G8erHaTeR

    Great video again Josh just what I needed!

  18. Conor Coen

    I really enjoy your videos , gotta put the time in, absolutely

  19. Steven Haddix

    Great video. I absolutely agree with your sentiments regarding auto iso. It’s one less variable to deal with. I normally keep the z7-2 and z6-2 6400 and under for best results. 6400 on the z7-2 is pushing it, honestly 4000 would be ideal.

  20. Don H

    Sad, so sad. If you had only done it right and used a Canon. If your parents had only raised you right and directed you to avoided Nikons, SONYs, or Pentax, Lumix, Olympus or Leica. Sad OH so sad. (Our gear addictions are only eclipsed by by our devotion to birds.)

  21. Sharan M

    The way u began the video, that is the same way i felt about Photographing insects and posses similar feeling for bird photography. but the thing is Bird photography isn't cheap. Hoping to pick up long tele in the future and add on Bird photography to my macro work. Keep up the good work.

  22. Jack Brumby

    Well done, Josh. I've honed my Youtube photography viewing down to just a few: you, Steve Perry, Matt Irwin, Hudson Henry, Henry Turner. I also like Jim Nix for ON1 Photo Raw & Luminar. Dave Kelly for Topaz products. As I have been taking photos for 50 years, I've been through it all! From Kodak Instamatic, cheap P&S's, manual 2nd hand SLRs, darkrooms etc My first Nikon was a film 601(?), then D200 to D5000 to D800 to D500 to current Z6ii. I do like BIF photography, but it's tricky as you know. I did contemplate a system change to Sony, but I beat the "Siren's Song" (not watching the Fro & the Connecticut couple helped with that endeavour). Cheers! Jack, Sydney, Australia.

  23. EddyHPhoto

    Now i have to study birds! Haha great video 🔥😂

  24. Roy Bixby

    Australian birds seem to be mostly songbirds. And less wary of people.
    You need a phone holder to your tripod.
    I bet you've dropped your phone…

  25. Sarajit Sil

    Greetings from India 🙏
    Fantastic content. The tips are indeed helpful. Will look forward to watch the next one 👍

  26. Hector Abreu

    @8:50 Merling Bird ID has all the calls per species and you can do a custom search. you also have to download your area bird package. its a free app

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