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  1. #1
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    Lineated Parakeet named Kobe (M) and (F) named Tango Maine Coon Kitty named Christine

    Signature Photography Tips

    How To Take a Good Photo of Your Bird for a Signature

    Bad lighting can ruin what could have been a perfect shot. Don't let it happen to you! Adjust the lighting so that your bird is well-lit in your photos, but take care not to "drown" your bird in light, as it can make the pictures look washed out. If possible, try using natural sunlight in your photos, as it is usually best at highlighting the colors and contours of a bird's plumage. When taking pictures of birds, remember to avoid using the camera's flash whenever possible, as it can frighten and disorient them. Your bird’s natural coloring will show better this way. Try to remember most cell phones do not take a quality photo indoors.

    If you can use a tripod or other stand to steady your camera when taking pictures of your feathered friend. The quality of your photos will improve almost instantly.

    Whenever you take pictures of your bird, be sure to take several shots using window lighting and angles. The more pictures you take, the more good ones you will get!

    As they say, “Eyes are the Window to the Soul” and birds eyes can be very expressive. So make sure to focus on your bird's eyes and keep the tack sharp.

    It is very important that your bird feels comfortable and at ease. Most important to be at eye level or below for a bird photograph. If your bird is afraid of cameras you can desensitize them to its presence by frequent exposure to cameras.

    One of the most difficult things is to get your bird to hold still. An easy trick is to let him/her play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle. This will surprise him and catch his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him/her in a nice and alert posture

    In summary:

    1.Avoid using flash and indoor lighting

    2.Use a tripod if you have one or something else to steady your hand

    3.Take multiple shots

    4.Focus on the eyes

    5.Encourage comfort with the use of a camera

    6.Avoid cell phone cameras

    Remember signature makers want to show off your bird as much as you do. We can enhance your photo some however we cannot change the quality as much as you can with the original photo.

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    Last edited by spiritbird; 06-08-2015 at 05:28 PM.

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    Lineated Parakeet named Kobe (M) and (F) named Tango Maine Coon Kitty named Christine
    Is this helpful to anyone?

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    Illiger Macaw (Primolius maracana)
    Yes, it is indeed. I never thought about looking at her eyes before now , thanks for the tips!

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    Sassy Goffin's girl, she IS Sassy Amigo, male umbrella cockatoo Chip! The cockatiel! The sweet, sweet Jellybean!
    Thanks, Dianne! Yes, this is WAY helpful!

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    Thank you for the tips spiritbird.

    People think I'm crazy because I'm a bird man but hey, birds are awesome!

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