So lets talk about the basics of backyard bird photography studio. What do you need for this to be successful? The first thing is you need to be able to control your background. There is nothing worse than a beautiful bird on a branch, with 20 other branches in the way or a sky scraper in the picture along with your subject! What you also need to consider before you select a location for your feeder is the angle of the sun and where you will be standing in relation to the sun and your feeder. Ideally, you want the sun to always be behind you (over one of your shoulders) so that you will be between the sun and the perches/branches you will be photographing.
The feeders and stands I am currently using are made and sold by a company named Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU Link). I have found their products to be excellent and the store employees to be very helpful and friendly birders. I use the APS System (APS Link).
|Here is a view of the main feeder from the driveway where I usually shoot from. Notice the clean background behind the perches.|
|Second Setup with Ranch Style Feeder|
|Ruby Throated Hummingbird with an itch|
|Ruby Throated Hummingbird looking for some nectar|
|American Goldfinch photographed with flash to blacken background and make his colors pop!|