Photography tip – How to shoot sparrows

In a previous post, I described how to shoot a Grasshopper Sparrow in a field.  There’s an easier way to do a lot of the other sparrows.  Just put a bit of birdfood around your feeders, set up a blind and blast away.

White-throated SparrowTry not to lose the tip of the tail when shooting birds.  It might seem unimportant at the time, but does detract from the composition.

White-throated Sparrow
Try not to lose the tip of the tail when shooting birds. It might seem unimportant at the time, but it does detract from the composition.

When you set up your camera position, be sure that there are some branches in view to get pics of birds not at the feeder.

When you set up your camera position, be sure that there are some branches in view to get pics of birds not at the feeder.

American Tree SparrowTry to get the sun as directly behind you as possible for the best color.  Note the shadow.

American Tree Sparrow
Try to get the sun as directly behind you as possible for the best color. Note the shadow.  A little bit off to the sided will give you more depth and contrast.

song sparrow

Song Sparrow
A cold winter day is best for shooting at a feeder. Lots of birds show up and they’re all nice and fluffy.

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