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Once you have got all the equipment you are going to need (please see my other post - Bird photography - What you need and how to use it) it is time to get out there and and get some photos. Below are a few techniques and tips to help you obtain better bird photos and to produce more 'keepers'. Composing a photo involves you setting parameters in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing photo and whilst this may seem impossible in the field there are some things you can do before you press the shutter button and some you can do afterwards . Please do not take these tips to be set in stone, they should be used as a general rule only, and in some cases you may find that going against the norm produces the best photo.
 
Under the price alerts tab, you can now find auctions that are soon to end where the current price is flagged as cheap compared to what the normal cost of the camera or lens would be.
 

Fujifilm have recently announced a new model to their arsenal of pretty decent hybrid or bridge cameras, namely the SL1000. The big selling point of the SL1000 has got to be the huge zoom capabilities offering 50x optical zoom WITH image stabilisation. Very impressive!

It's a 16 megapixel camera and with the lens you've got an equivalent focal length of 24-1200mm. That's some serious magnification. Unlike a number of Fujifilm's previous bridge cameras, such as the finepix HS30, the SL1000 uses a lithium ion battery pack rather than AA batteries.


 
Following on in our series of HDR photography articles, (don't forget to read Davide's how-to guide for creating your own HDR images), we've put together a collection of some great examples of HDR photography. HDR techniques are often used to dramatically change the appearance of an image, turning it more into a painting or picture rather than a photo sometimes. However, the best results are often found when using HDR more sparingly. Enjoy looking through the photos below and don't forget to click through to the photographer's websites to see more excellent pics.
 
If you've ever seen those waterfall photographs where it's bright daylight but the water appears to be flowing smoothly as if the shutter speed is very slow, you're probably looking at a photo taken with a neutral density filter over the lens. They basically darken the scene allowing for a longer shutter speed to be used when there is still bright sunlight. Graduated neutral density filters are also popular. GND filters darken part of a scene, e.g. a bright sky, allowing a more even illumination throughout the picture. Below are a few great examples of photos taken with neutral density filters, I hope you enjoy them.
 
Plan on traveling and visiting the Windy City soon? Chicago, like many big cities, is full of vibrant life and ongoing activities. Whether it's day or night, overcast or sunny, one can always obtain wonderful photography from the normal tourist areas or in Chicago's secrets nooks and crannies. Here is a miniscule look from the thousands of locations that are great spots to get fantastic photography. Here is a list of specific places that are mention in this blog. They are all in the area most commonly referred to as The Loop: Millenium Park, Wrigley Building, Tribune Building, Water Tower Plaza, Chicago River. And Michigan Lake's water front. Most of them are within three miles of the heart of the city. Just remember to open your eyes and always look for color to get the best shots...
 
Adobe Photoshop is the number 1 graphical editing and post processing application available. It's often possible to improve an average photo, through post processing, into a stunning image, and below is a list of some of the most common techniques.
 
I was fortunate enough to visit the London 2012 Olympics during the athletics, so thought it would be an ideal opportunity to try out the Canon 50D (thanks James). I've previously tested out both the Canon 40D, and Canon 60D, so putting the 50D through its paces seemed like a good idea! I took with me my trusty Sigma 70-300mm telephoto lens, as well as the Canon 17-40mm F4L for any wide-angle shots.