Wildlife Tips: Learn How to Make Stunning Photos of Birds in Flight with Top Pro Sam Rowley (VIDEO)

If you’ve ever tried photographing birds in flight, you know this is one of the most difficult challenges in nature photography. But in the quick video below, you’ll learn everything you need to know for capturing fantastic photos of our flying featured friends.

Sam Rowley is a professional wildlife photographer who says, “Freezing a bird whizzing past can be one of the most satisfying things in wildlife photography.” In this five-minute tutorial he provides some great tips that will enable you to experience that feeling yourself.

Rowley begins with gear recommendations, explaining that a sturdy tripod with a gimbal is particularly useful for precise panning as you track the movements of a bird with your camera. He also explains why there are times he prefers to shoot hand-held.

After discussing the exposure settings he uses in various situations, Rowley provides a primer on proper technique, offering tips on focusing, panning, and shooting with both eyes open. He also notes the importance of understanding the body language of various bird species so you can anticipate their movements.

Rowley also discusses how to pick the best vantage point from which to shoot, and why it’s always best to position yourself so that your subject is front lit. These and other tips in the video will provide a solid foundation for making great photographs of birds yourself.

You can find more helpful videos on the NatureTTL YouTube channel. And be sure to look at a tutorial we posted earlier, with another pro’s tips for getting up close and personal with birds.