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Beginner's Guide to Bird Photography

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Framing Your Shot - Ruddy Ducks

Ben Knoot

Beginner's Guide to Bird Photography

Ben Knoot

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12. Framing Your Shot - Ruddy Ducks

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1 Class Introduction Duration:00:25
2 Location Scouting Duration:12:54
3 Gear Duration:07:43
4 Camera Settings Duration:05:54
6 Composition Duration:01:51

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Framing Your Shot - Ruddy Ducks

So there's this really cool scene right now with all the bugs on this lake. We're shooting into the sun to get them highlighted and there's a family of ruddy ducks swimming right across in a perfect line. So I've got the mom in the front with a couple of chicks following. Got all the bugs highlighted and I've got them haloed, looks really, really pretty. So all I'm doing is I'm actually underexposing slightly because I want kind of the center bodies to be really dark and I want that halo to really pop. So we're underexposing and then also making sure that you don't cut any of the babies off, so you wanna keep everything in the frame, but you also wanna leave enough room on the left, they're swimming to the left. You wanna need enough room on the left to crop it so that they're not swimming out of the frame. That's really important. So it's kind of this balancing act between how many babies to include. I actually cut one baby out of the frame completely because I needed to keep the mom ...

in the middle so that she could be swimming into the frame. But it's a really cool photo op. They're really far away, but when you include the entire scene, it becomes an image instead of of just a tiny little bird in a picture.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Learn the habitat and behaviors of a variety of birds
  • How to make the best light choices based off your subject
  • Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary using color, shadows, and symmetry
  • Fast post-processing techniques to take your images to the highest level

ABOUT BEN'S CLASS:

Make the most of your wildlife adventures with Ben Knoot in this beginners guide to bird Photography course. Ben Knoot has a background in environmental policy and education as well as a keen eye and love for birds. He has honed his skill into becoming a professional photographer guiding tours around the world to help enthusiasts understand their cameras and their subjects. In this course- Ben will walk through the importance of researching and understanding your subject and the habitat they dwell in. He’ll discuss how to interact and engage a variety of birds so you have a stronger opportunity to capture them while out. He’ll walk through camera fundamentals, how to set your camera, think about composition and work with a variety of lighting. Ben will even talk through his switch to an Olympus mirrorless camera to help improve his ability to make and craft the artistic images he does.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Bird Enthusiasts
  • Beginner Photographers
  • Wildlife Photographers

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Lightroom CC 2019

EQUIPMENT USED:

Olympus

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Ben is a 23-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours; http://www.tropicalbirding.com Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earths beauty as much as he does. Ben has been published by several organizations including, Natures Best Photography, Audubon, Ranger Rick, NANPA, Wildlife Photo Magazine, and the BBC. His deep love and passion for nature has guided and will continue to guide the way he chooses to live his life, with a sense of wonder and curiosity of all things new and exciting.

Reviews

Cynthia
 

I liked this class. It gives beginners a great place to start photographing birds. I especially liked his lesson on post-processing. Too many classes skip that part. The use of bird calls is what it is. To be competitive in bird photography you probably have to use them. I personally won't; it's just not worth it to me. So nice to see a young person active in this field!

Colleen Church
 

This class is wonderful. Ben give you some very helpful information to starting your photo birding adventures. The apps he suggested are very helpful. The tips for scouting and what to look get you going. I will definitely be watching it again.

a Creativelive Student
 

I really enjoyed this course. The instructor doesn't beat around the bush. He gives you useful information that you can implement. I especially loved that he talks about apps on your phone that could be used to make your experience more fruitful. The only thing I didn't like was the advertisement for Olympus, but you can just skip that part.