BIF Shooting tips
I want to share some tips and setting that works for me during the chance I have to shoot birds of prey in flight;
1.Shutter speed: Cannot stress this further. Set your shutter speed as fast as you can without sacrificing too much ISO. This will allow you to capture tack sharp image of birds flying.
2.Aperture: I try to use between 5.6 and 8 to have enough DoF of bird. This way you can insure the bird in focus including specially the head/eye.
3.ISO: I always capped my ISO to 1600 to 2000 to minimized noise .
4.VR mode, set to OFF: With the fast shutter speed , I don’t need the VR.
5.AF mode: I used the continues AF with 3D tracking mode to ensure subject maintain its focus across the frame.
6.Burst mode: I set the camera to the maximum burst mode it can handle. But do take note that the camera buffer is affected by the speed of you memory card, so check the write speed of the card.
7.I don’t do “spray and pray”. As much as I can, I try to be more selective of the shots. I also try to anticipate the bird next move.
8. Most of all, once out in the field enjoy!!!
Photo credits: Helgidinson.