I’ve been poring over pictures of hummingbirds, searching for some we can use for a special project. We receive tons of photos from readers submitted to our monthly photo challenge. And the quality of photos we get is astounding! Like this rufous hummingbird below, for example, submitted by user deglmann. And I can’t help but think, “how do they do that?!” I can hardly spot a hummingbird, let alone capture its beauty in a photo! Here are a few tips to get you started!
- Really focus on when the hummingbirds will be migrating through your area. Make sure that there are plenty of flowers blooming and your feeders are full. It’s possible the hummingbirds will be coming through before your garden is in full bloom, so get some hanging baskets from the nursery.
- Practice capturing motion shots with larger birds first. They move slower and are easier to focus on. Once you get better, set your sights on hummingbirds.
- When taking photos of hummingbirds in flight with your digital camera, use a higher ISO setting (400+ speed) with a very fast shutter speed to record wing motion as a pleasing blur.
- When hummingbirds are near, keep snapping away! The beauty of digital photography is that you can take tons of photos at one time. Don’t stop to look at them. Keep taking photos and you’re bound to get a winner.