Photographing Shorebirds on Crab Bank

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Coastal South Carolina is home to thousands of nesting sea birds. In this video, expert wildlife photographers Doug Gardner and Eric Horan take you to Charleston’s Crab Bank for tips on capturing pelicans, terns, skimmers, clapper rails, and more. You will learn how to photograph birds in flight and nesting with their chicks. You will also learn about manual focus compared to autofocus, how to measure white balance, and how to employ the 500mm telephoto with a single converter or stacked converters to capture dramatic portraits and behavioral images. You always want to allow the birds to behave naturally and never disturb them. If you spend enough time observing, you can sometimes anticipate a shot by predicting the birds’ habits.

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