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Getting better photos of birds can be challenging given how unpredictable they can be. But you can take confidence in knowing that you can do it with a very minimal amount of gear.

Though this video is very Nikon DSLR specific, it includes lots of great tips on how to do just that. For starters, they recommend that you start out at a local nature preserve. They also tell you that telephoto lenses are better, to stop your lens down, shoot in aperture priority, raise the ISO, and to shoot a bit wider to get the entire bird in flight. But they also include tips like manually choosing a focusing point, using continuous focusing and a lot more.

But most of all, we really like that they emphasize shooting with a clean background. This is something that we always state when it comes to portraiture, and it applies to bird photography too.

The video on getting better bird photos is after the jump.

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When it comes to food, we can create images that people are sick of seeing or create images that elicit an emotion. A good food photograph should get you hungry or should make you smell what’s in the image. Making it trigger feelings of nostalgia in the viewer isn’t too terrible either. In our years of shooting, we’ve come across lots of cool tips and tricks.

Here are a bunch of little projects that you can do this weekend involving food. But if you want more, check out our interviews and tutorials with Howard Shooter, Lou Manna, Shea Evans, Cara Livermore, Andrew Scrivani, Radu Dumitrescu and Peter Augustus. Oh yeah, and here’s our own list of tips and tricks.

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When trying to become more serious about your photography, you’ll often go after photography assignments and gigs. You clients will need specific images for presentations, articles, etc. If they cannot find the right stock photography or create the images themselves, they hire a photographer to create these images for them. I have recently started going on assignments for my company and there are some lessons that I have learned. The biggest is that photography is a cooperative craft at times. Sometimes you have to capture another person’s vision.

Here are five tips from my experience to help you get through things quickly.

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Here are the top 10 photography tips from some of the best contemporary street photographers interviewed and featured on the Street Photography London blog.

Here are their answers to the following question: What is the single most important piece of photography advice you could share or wish someone gave you when you started? (click on their names to read the full interview)

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Nicholas Goodden’s photography blog and is being republished with permission. We’ve featured Nick’s pixelated people project and his apocalyptic take on London. Be sure to also follow him on Twitter.
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On the surface, street photography can look easy. You go for a walk and take photos. But I have learned enough to know there is a lot more to it. Picking up your camera and going for a walk is only the beginning. Street photography is an art form that has been practiced for some time. A person can only get better through practice. Over this past summer, I took it upon myself to try to refine my street photography. There are many lessons to be learned from photo walking almost every day.

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Due to the nature of the work that I do, I was recently asked how I stay out of trouble with the police. The question caught me off guard. The person asking the question brought up the fact that I’m always in New York with a camera. In my photography life, I have occasionally run across my share of bigots. But photographers are mostly a great community of people–and the issue some photographers have is their race and the law. Not everyone is treated equally 100% of the time. As an adult I have rarely, if ever, been singled out and stopped. I am not going to say I have never been harassed but when I was young–I quickly learned how not to make myself a target for police. As a photographer, I worried about that subject even more. So here is my answer.

Editor’s Note: Chris Gampat has co-authored this piece.

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