How to Become a Successful Bird Photographer

Bird photography is not an easy genre in which to find success; it takes a fair amount of both specialized equipment and knowledge (a lot of which is outside photography) along with a lot of time, patience, and effort to find success. This great video features a few seasoned bird photographers discussing how to navigate the road to success in bird photography and some of the important lessons they learned along the way. 

Coming to you from Jan Wegener, this awesome video discusses a variety of tips and lessons on how to be a successful bird photographer. By far, I think the most important is educating yourself concurrently on bird behavior and habitats while learning the photography side of things. Really, this applies to almost any genre, but it is particularly important in one in which you are photographing live creatures you have no control over, as your ability to understand, read, and anticipate their behavior could be the difference between being ready for that show-stopping shot when it appears for a fleeting moment or kicking yourself because something happened too quickly for you to react to and capture it. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Can we get a tag for videos vs. articles so we can filter them out on RSS?

> How to Become a Successful Bird Photography

I think you mean photographer.

Ah heck, thanks!

Alex, I enjoy your articles.
There‘s one point for improvement which is copy-editing.
Is the title
1) How to become successful at bird photography
2) How to become a successful bird photographer

1. „success“ is related to mastering the skills and equipment for good results
2. „success“ is related to potential clients and building a business

Judging by the text, I assume you had a typo and meant to say „at“

Yes, made a typo. Thank you!

I found this video very helpful. I was especially encouraged that these great photographers started out with less than the greatest cameras and still give those of us with a budget options for taking some nice shots. In my case, I'm wondering if anyone can give advice about sticking with my older Sony SLT a58 which still gives 19.8MP resolution, but has an ISO range of 0-16000, 5 fps, 15 AF detection points, 4.9 frames/ it worth putting a telephoto on that camera or will I notice a significant difference by switching to something like the NIKON D7500 which only gets me up to 20.9MP, but has a much higher ISO range (100-51200), 51 AF detection points, etc.