There is an art in taking the perfect photo of a fowl. There are many things which I (and many other people) have seen wrong with photos. This is a step by step guide (using photos) to hopefully improve your skills. If you don’t already know, I am a Wyandotte breeder and all of this is relating to how I achieve my photos.
Have a look at a professionally taken photo of your breed and take notice of what they have done and how they set the photo up.
What looks BAD
1. Blurry photos
Many blurry photos are because of either the bird is moving or it is too dark (both of which are in this photo).
Do Not Use Mobile Phones
Photos through mesh
It is never a good idea to take photos through mesh. Half the time the mesh is in focus and the other half of the time you cant see all the plumage.
Only showing part of the body
A lot of people only take photos of the head or the body and always forget the legs and feet. It is the same when a bird is sitting down. To be a good photo you need to see the whole body!
This photo was taken at that time of day were there are many shadows. It is also has a very complicated background.
5. Photos from above and below
Photos always look better if you are on the same level as them. I always crouch down or take photos in show pens.What Looks GOOD
Birds always look better when they are not in a dark smelly shed with the rest of the flock. Take your time and arrange the scene.
It doesn’t need to be a flash setup, all you need is a simple backdrop.
If taking picture in a box
Stand the bird square
Work out if you want to highlight a front or back end
As much as you might not realize this photo is emphasizing this birds front end as her tail is very underdeveloped.
Natural lighting is best as florescent lights make black birds with a green sheen in them look purple.
If you have quieter birds you now have the opportunity to adjust toes, feathers, wings, heads and anything else that may make a bird look better. This includes fluffing up a tail.
If taking picture in a outside
Taking photos outside is very dangerous and many things can go wrong, but if done well, can make it look like they are real chooks.
Try to take photos in a smaller pen with only 1 bird in it. You are then not running around the yard after a bird which can look crazy.
Don’t take photos in sheds. It makes birds look sick and pale in colour.
Take twice as many shots as it is harder to get a good one but it has been done
Green Grass Always helpsRemember: A Good Photo Always Helps
Just Think, does this make my bird look good!
Now I expect to see a lot of better photos on BYP!