Wildlife Photography 101: Quickly Find Birds In Your Camera's Viewfinder Using Telephoto Lenses

Stepping up to a telephoto lens can be a jarring experience for bird photography hopefuls. With such a limited field of view while looking through the camera’s viewfinder, how are you ever supposed to find anything?

In the latest video from my budding YouTube channel, I share a few techniques that you can use in the field to scope down these tiny little birds through bigger lenses. Moving the camera and lens about and searching at a leisurely pace for subjects is one thing, but with energetic and bouncy birds out in nature, a fast technique is critical to coming away with the most shots.

While talking technique is one thing, there’s no replacement for getting out there and practicing. As I mention in the video, you don’t need to wait around for birds or other wildlife to appear to get started with developing your speed skills. You can use any bird-sized object as a stand-in subject and practice your routine of going from a first glance to how fast you can get it sharp in your viewfinder and photograph it.

Do you have any other helpful tips for photographing fast-moving birds? Let us know in the comments below.

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