My Autofocus Guide for Bird in Flight Photography is finished and available for download in my online store – here, priced £29.00
The download is in the no-frills .pdf format.
This is my ‘real world’ guide to Canon & Nikon Autofocus which is specifically aimed at photographers using long lenses for Bird in Flight photography.
I sell my full resolution wildlife and natural history images every day via the various global image libraries to which I am a contributor. The largest percentage of these sales are Birds in Flight.
Image libraries demand tack sharp, full resolution uploads from their contributors; even marginal sharpness will result in an image being rejected by Quality Control.
In this guide, I take you right back to the basics of subject speed and distance; and how this impacts on our choice of camera body and lens focal length and working aperture.
You’ll learn how phase detection autofocus works – only by really understanding how your autofocus system works, and what its control settings actually do, will you truly be able to control it in the way you need to for the particular task at hand.
I give you exposure and autofocus control settings for both Canon and Nikon, based on ‘real world’ full resolution images – settings that actually work, and do the job you expect them to do.
We also discover the various ‘tips ‘n tricks’ we need to know to help the autofocus system do the job we are asking it to do.
We also look at the short-comings of both the Nikon and Canon systems, and how to work around them in order to produce tack sharp images of birds in flight – HAND HELD – forget that tripod; you can’t move fast enough with one!
Photographers who have read this guide as it was being written have called it ‘the definitive guide’. I’m not going to be so big-headed as to promote it as such myself, but I will say that it’s taken a while to produce, is pretty darn thorough, and I have the shots to prove it!
Please Note: This document relates to LONG LENS continuous auto focus tracking in Nikon AFC and Canon AI Servo modes in conjunction with continuous shooting modes on Nikon D4/4S and Canon 1Dxbodies with v2 firmware or higher, and is primarily related to capturing Birds in Flight and other fast-paced wildlife action photography.
Canon 5DMk3/7DMk2 users will also find this guide very useful, as will non-wildlife shooters.