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Focal Length

The focal length of a lens is not the lens’ physical dimension and has little to do with its overall size. The focal length of a lens is an optical property of the lens and measures the distance, typically in [...]

By |2022-04-04T00:25:02+00:00April 4th, 2022|Bird Photography|0 Comments

ISO

ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization and is used for digital cameras and is a measure of the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to light. Smaller values represent less sensitivity and larger values represent more sensitive. Doubling or halving [...]

By |2022-03-22T00:37:21+00:00March 22nd, 2022|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Aperture

In photography, aperture is the hole within a lens that light travels through to reach the image sensor. The larger the hole, the more light passes to the camera sensor. The aperture is typically expressed in “f” numbers, also known [...]

By |2021-12-13T02:53:34+00:00December 13th, 2021|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed measures the amount of time the camera's shutter is open. The longer it is open, the more light can enter. Doubling or halving the shutter speed produces an increase or decrease of 1 stop of exposure. Fast shutter [...]

By |2021-11-01T23:56:20+00:00November 1st, 2021|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Exposure

Exposure determines how light or dark an image will appear when captured by your camera. Exposure is controlled by three factors that can be selected on your camera: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. These three factors and are commonly depicted [...]

By |2021-10-10T23:44:47+00:00October 10th, 2021|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Camera Basics

Future posts will provide details that will let you understand the factors involved in operating a camera in a mode other than automatic. Exposure and metering will discussed in a future article - that article will explain how to determine [...]

By |2021-10-10T23:25:39+00:00October 10th, 2021|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Future Plans

Over the next several months there will be opportunities to improve your ability to produce better bird photographs. To begin the process, a series of posts describing: camera exposure (“exposure triangle”), focal length, camera image sensors, camera types and their [...]

By |2021-09-24T00:38:08+00:00September 24th, 2021|Bird Photography|0 Comments

Bird Paradise: A Native Plant Challenge Project

by Karin Beuerlein Fellow birders Angela Hoffman and Seth McConchie outdid all of us with their entry into the first KTOS Native Plant Challenge—they scored 217 points with a combination of trees, shrubs, and perennials. I’m here to give you [...]

By |2023-01-17T15:02:49+00:00January 27th, 2021|Better Backyards for Birds|0 Comments
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