Cameras and Tripods

There are a variety of camera choices you can make when selecting the perfect camera for your bird photography. The choice you make depends greatly on what type of photographs you want to take, and what your level of camera expertise is.

The first choice you will have to make is whether or not you want to take digital pictures or traditional pictures using film. Digital photography is rapidly growing in popularity. With digital photography you can take hundreds of pictures without changing your film, and you have the ability to see the picture you just took immediately. So if you miss a shot, or the shot is out of focus you can tell right then and be able to have a second chance at your once in a lifetime shot of a particular bird. Digital photography also allows you the ability to immediately email your photos to friends, and pick and choose what photographs you develop. There are also several digital photography programs available today that can allow you to turn your pictures into a slideshow on your computer, a screensaver, or even a DVD movie.

Traditional film pictures also have their advantages. Film cameras have been used for ages for taking bird photographs. Digital pictures are in some cases crisper, and clearer than traditional film, but for some they lack the history and quality of a film camera.

What camera is right for you depend on what you plan on using the camera for. There are plenty of point and shoot film and digital cameras on the market today. These cameras are traditionally less expensive than others, and donít have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive models have. For the more serious photographer, there are also cameras that will allow you to adjust your f-stop and aperture within the camera so you can make that perfect shot even more perfect.

With any camera you may also want to invest in a tripod. A tripod can help you keep your camera steady while you take that perfect photograph. When you select a tripod make sure to keep your cameras weight and size in mind. An inexpensive light tripod may be good for smaller lighter cameras, but for large cameras or cameras with lenses attached you will need a heavy-duty tripod to ensure your cameras safety.

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