Photographing Waterfowl Tips and Techniques

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Photographing waterfowl can be a rewarding challenge. In this video, outdoor photographer Doug Gardner shows you how to photograph pintails, geese, and tundra swans in North Carolina’s Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge. You will learn why it’s best to set up your gear before daylight, how to make the correct camera settings, and how to let the birds come to you.

When photographing waterfowl in flight, you need to set your shutter speed at 1/500th or more to capture sharpness and detail. You can set your meter off the neutral tones of the duck’s gray feathers. Doug recommends shooting with a 500mm lens for closeups. He says he loves photographing waterfowl because there is always something new to shoot.