Photo Tip of the Day – Head Angle

When photographing perched birds, I do my best to wait to press the shutter until the bird’s head is slightly angled toward me.  Of course, there are other angles that can be pleasing as well; but in general, the head turned slightly towards the photographer will generally yield a much more pleasant photo.

Grasshopper Sparrow - Granger Lake, Texas; Canon 7D, Canon 600 f/4.0 II with 1.4 Canon III, 1/400, f/5.6 @ ISO 400

Grasshopper Sparrow – Granger Lake, Texas; Canon 7D, Canon 600 f/4.0 II with 1.4 Canon III, 1/400, f/5.6 @ ISO 400

By being patient, we can also leave plenty of space in our memory card and camera body buffer by not pressing the shutter button needlessly.  This will increase your likelihood of  capturing a take-off or unique behavior by being able to press and hold the shutter button when the moment occurs.

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