In our May issue of Birds & Blooms extra, we share photographer Carol Freeman’s story of her monthlong search for warblers and wilderness. Here are Carol’s top nature photography secrets for taking photos in any weather or month of the year.
- I find that warblers like water, so I’ll often sit by a stream or river and wait for the birds to work their way through. (They do seem to come in waves.)
- Plan ahead by checking out nearby locations you’d like to visit. This will save you time.
- Process your images each day, and update your log or journal if you keep one. It’s much easier and faster to do this every day.
- Plan what you’ll do on those windy, rainy or cold days. Can you visit an arboretum or indoor nursery?
- Don’t underestimate the fascinating things you can find in your own backyard. Raindrops and dewdrops make for magical photos!
- Set up a bird feeder, a bird bath and a few native plants, and you’ll have countless things to photograph every day.
- Be still. Wildlife often disperse at your approach, so find a seat in a likely area and wait for the birds to come to you.
- Read up on the birds you’d like to see, and learn their patterns so you know where to look to photograph them.
What photography tips do you keep in mind when looking for that perfect shot?