Photographing Florida Birds, with Moose Peterson

Join famed wildlife photographer Moose Peterson as he goes out in search of some magnificent Florida bird shots

Join famed wildlife photographer Moose Peterson as he goes out in search of some magnificent Florida bird shots.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Be Prepared (Duration 02:21)

Bring your longest lens, your teleconverter, GPS, extra flash cards, and your tripod and lets go shooting!

Lesson 2: Talking About Strategy (Duration 04:41)

Make sure your tripod is fully extended and secure, that your back is to the sunlight and to the wind, and that you are capturing the eyes of your subjects

Lesson 3: Approaching the Birds (Duration 08:36)

Keep the tripod in front of you and keep your camera controls loose

Lesson 4: Depth of Field (Duration 06:24)

Always be mindful of the balance you must strike between shutter speed and aperture

Lesson 5: Focal Length (Duration 01:26)

The 400-800mm range is where I like to be for bird photography

Lesson 6: What Am I Looking For? (Duration 01:22)

A good shot is the right combination of gear, approach, technique as well as the right subject

Lesson 7: Important Points (Duration 03:44)

We've reached the halfway point of the course. Let's review some of the things we've covered so far

Lesson 8: Flock in Flight (Duration 01:53)

Look for the best individual bird in the flock and stay focused on it

Lesson 9: Camera Gear and Settings (Duration 07:23)

This is how I work. These are suggestions, not hard and fast rules

Lesson 10: Proper Long Lens Technique (Duration 03:27)

Remember to always steady the lens, push your eye to the viewfinder and roll your finger onto the shutter release

Lesson 11: The Flash (Duration 06:38)

The flash is a very important part of bird photography

Lesson 12: Continuing with the Flash (Duration 04:34)

This is a rigid system that I use for flash in these situations. Remember, it takes practice

Lesson 13: Tripod Head (Duration 02:25)

In my opinion, there is none better than the Wimberley head

Lesson 14: Teleconverter (Duration 01:45)

Develop a routine for taking it on and off so that you never have to take your eyes of the subject

Lesson 15: Shooting Osprey (Duration 05:25)

I brought a friend along to join me and we patiently wait for the Osprey to present us with an opportunity

Meet Your Instructor: Moose Peterson

A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide,…


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