Tips and How-Tos

Seven of the Best Spots for Photographing Migrant Shorebirds in the U.S.

Seven of the Best Spots for Photographing Migrant Shorebirds in the U.S.

— As Arctic-breeding birds begin making their way south in late summer, some stopover sites provide better photo opportunities than others.
How to Read the Tides for Shorebird Photography

How to Read the Tides for Shorebird Photography

— Understanding how birds behave at different tidal times is key to capturing a truly great image—or even seeing them at all.
Follow These Pro Tips for Photographing Shorebirds

Follow These Pro Tips for Photographing Shorebirds

— Lisa Franceski has spent eight years shadowing shorebird families at her local beach. Here, she offers her advice for catching intimate shots.
How to Take Exquisite Hummingbird Photos

How to Take Exquisite Hummingbird Photos

— Hummingbirds are excellent subjects for simple or high-tech techniques. Follow these pro tips for capturing the speedy birds in flight and at rest.
How to Master Migrant Warbler Photography

How to Master Migrant Warbler Photography

— Warblers aren't the most cooperative subjects, but they are one of the most beautiful and addictive. Follow this advice to best capture the elusive birds.
How to Photograph White Birds

How to Photograph White Birds

— The brilliant white plumage of some birds can also show exquisite detail. Here are two tricks for capturing both in an image.
Dancing Beak to Beak: Tips for Photographing Avian Courtship

Dancing Beak to Beak: Tips for Photographing Avian Courtship

— Romantic avian rituals are as alluring for photographers as they are for birds. Here's what to watch for so that you can capture the moment.
Here's How to Prepare for a Bird Photography Trip

Here's How to Prepare for a Bird Photography Trip

— To capture truly great shots, you need to go where the birds are. Follow these tips to make sure your excursion pays off.
Learn to Photograph Leks From an Expert

Learn to Photograph Leks From an Expert

— The springtime dance battles of grouse and other species are irresistible camera fodder. Photographer Noppadol Paothong explains how to nail your shot without disturbing the delicate mating ritual.
How to Compose the Perfect Bird Photo

How to Compose the Perfect Bird Photo

— Follow these three simple tips to capture the best shot possible.