Shoot Better Bird Photos with These 5 Simple Tips from Top Pro Tim Boyer (VIDEO)

Bird photographer extraordinaire Tim Boyer is one of our favorite sources of quick, helpful tutorials on capturing great photos of our feathered friends. In the six-minute video below, he provides five simple tips for photographing shorebirds.

Boyer is an acclaimed bird photographer, as well as a popular author and workshop instructor. In this tutorial, you’ll see him capture some beautiful images from the shore on a dull, cloudy day.

You’ll learn how to make the most of overcast days by keeping the sky out of the frame, pumping up the ISO, and using fill flash to brighten up the birds. He demonstrates how a camera’s small pop-up flash can make a big difference in your results, and explains the proper settings to use.

Other tips include photographing shorebirds from the proper point of view, and why sitting or knelling often enables you to obtain the best perspective by shooting at eye level. He also discusses modifying exposure settings for creative effects.

So watch the video and head out this weekend to practice what you learned. There is more great advice from Boyer on his YouTube channel, and in an earlier tutorial we posted with five tricks for getting tack-sharp bird photos while hand-holding your camera,