Photographer Arthur Morris recently did a video with Canon’s Digital Learning Center about finding the right locations for bird photography. One of the biggest tips: have the sun behind you and try to line yourself up in the right angle with the sun. This makes sense, as the subject will be front lit naturally and you won’t be dragging out a big flash. When shooting silhouettes though, you want to do the opposite.
Morris also states that birds take off into the wind and land with it because they don’t like having their feathers ruffled. That means that you shouldn’t have the wind hitting you in the face when shooting.
“As long as the wind and light are somewhere behind you, you’re in good shape.”
The video on scouting locations for bird photography is after the jump.