Ever wondered which is the best camera mode for wildlife photography? In this video let’s understand the different camera modes and find out which is the best mode for bird and wildlife photography. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
Ever wondered about the role your shutter speed plays in your pictures? In this video let’s understand what shutter speed does, and which are the best speeds for bird and wildlife photography. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
Ever wondered which is the best camera for bird and wildlife photography in 2022? In this video let’s discuss the features and functions that we require to click wildlife effectively. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
Ever wondered about the role your aperture value plays in your pictures? In this video let’s understand what aperture does, and which is the best value for bird and wildlife photography. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
Ever wondered if clicking pictures at certain times of the day improves the look of your pictures? In this video I talk about light, and what it can do for you. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
Ever wondered how to click super awesome images of small birds? In this video I talk about the crucial camera settings that will help you to ensure that your photos are sharp. Please see www.girishmenon.com to know about how you can learn wildlife photography from me from anywhere in the world via live video calls!
How do I click super sharp images of birds with the Nikon D500 camera and the 200-500mm lens? In this video, I’ll teach you all the camera settings that go into clicking awesome photos of birds and wildlife.
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Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS USM review for bird and wildlife photography. Is the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS USM lens relevant today, in a world of mirrorless cameras and lenses? That’s the question we’re addressing in this review. Canon is also now a formidable player in the world of mirrorless cameras. So it’s reasonable to assume that Canon will not release an update for their 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS USM lens for DSLR cameras.
Is the Nikon D500 relevant for bird & wildlife photography in 2022? Bird & wildlife photography needs gear that’s fast enough to meet challenges. In a world of mirrorless cameras, are DSLR cameras such as the Nikon D500 and Canon 7D Mark II good enough to click sharp pictures of birds and wildlife?
I have a 5-point checklist to decide whether a camera is good enough for wildlife photography and they are, the number of autofocus points, autofocus speed, burst speed, buffer size and image quality.
Now before we talk about each of these in detail, I want to tell you that the camera has excellent build quality. It is weather sealed. So you can use it briefly in light rain, and its’ dust resistant.
If you read the specs, they’ll tell you that this camera has 153 focus points. And that 99 of them are cross type focus points.
But what you should know is that only 55 out of those 153 points are selectable by the user. And only 35 out of those 55 are cross type focus points.
On the other hand the D500’s biggest rival, the Canon 7D Mark II has 66 focus points, all cross type.
Cross type focus points are able to focus faster and more accurately than non-cross type points. You can rely on them to nail focus every single time.
I always choose my autofocus area as “single point”, and select the relevant point where I want maximum sharpness. I align that focus point with the eye of the subject.
You must also know that the focus points on the D500 that fall along the rule of thirds are not cross type. Which is a bummer when I want to align something along the thirds. But it’s not always that the eye of the bird needs to be along the thirds. And even though there are no cross type focus points at the thirds, we have non-cross type points there. That’s better than no focus points at all.
The autofocus speed is fast. With some practice, you should be able to nail focus on your subjects even in challenging situations.
The camera has a 20.9 megapixel sensor. And can click 10 frames per second which is exceptional.
It has a buffer size of 200 RAW images. So as long as you have a fast enough card, which you should when clicking wildlife, your camera shouldn’t slow down because its buffer is full.
When clicking pictures of birds in flight, for example, we need shutter speeds in excess of 1/2000th of a second, sometimes even 1/4000th. That means higher ISO values. The image quality is exceptional, even at 1600 ISO.
The Nikon D500 camera checks all boxes and that’s why it’s still one of the best cameras you can lay your hands on, even in 2022.
The thing that makes it most appealing is the Nikon 200-500 mil lens. This lens has a fixed maximum aperture value of 5.6 through the entire range of focal lengths. The 500 mil focal length is extremely essential when clicking pictures of birds. Canon, unfortunately never considered providing an affordable 500 mil lens for DSLR cameras whereas Nikon offers two, the 200-500 and the 500 5.6 prime lens.
But the Canon 100-400 Mark II lens is much smaller and lighter, ideal for jeep safaris if you’re going to click tigers, leopards, rhinos, and other mammals.
Please see www.girishmenon.com to know more about the bird and wildlife photography workshops and tours that I teach and organise
I all began in December 2020. I started putting together short videos about my wildlife photography experiences. I used to stay up all night to record my narration videos.
Up until that point, I had never stayed up all night ever. Not even if I had an exam the next day. Consequently, I fell ill. Once I had recovered, and that took a while, I had to figure out alternate ways of recording my voice-over.
So I went into the nearby jungle and filmed with an OSMO Pocket. You see, my apartment is on the first floor of a noisy street. So recording during the day isn’t an option.
There are many challenges with using an OSMO Pocket. The lens isn’t wide enough. So I have to use this wide-angle lens adapter that sits over the main lens via magnets. The audio adapter that lets you connect external microphones to the OSMO Pocket is out of stock. So they gave me a third-party adapter. I only just realised that it doesn’t work! The on-board mics did the recording, which turned out okay, but not as well as a directional mic would. I just got a mic that connects directly via USB-C, so that’ll solve that problem next time I’m out filming.
If you’re into vlogging, I recommend getting the GoPro HERO 10 Black. It’s a bit pricey, but will serve you well for at least a decade.
I put together this video, it’s the second video with my narration recorded on the OSMO Pocket. I recorded 2-3 videos that morning. I think they’re all still very sketchy with things that need to be ironed out. But I wonder if that’s really required or if I’m over thinking. I reckon this is my worst video production till date—it’s a behind the scenes look at me clicking a bee eater.