I got some new camera gear that I'm working with (Nikon D7500 and Nikon 200-500 mm lens) - thanks to Gord for helping my wife pick it out. Steep learning curve for someone who's never had an SLR and simply used "auto" before. Also thanks to Gord for a quick tutorial last weekend. Definitely need more practice but here are some initial photos of some common birds:
Post by merlinator on Feb 24, 2019 15:31:02 GMT -8
Congrats on the new gear. Nikon's the only way to go. Those are nice pictures for your first time not on auto. Are you going to shoot raw or JPEG? for me raw is the way to go. Looking forward to more great pics.
Post by nickinthegarden on Feb 24, 2019 21:28:30 GMT -8
Congrats on the new gear. I work with the Nikon D7200 and the Nikon 200-500mm lens and that has been a great setup. The D7500 is just a couple generations newer but not that different. If your goal is just bird or wildlife photography there is a substantial learning curve but I believe you have a couple little ones of your own and you can make yourself more comfortable with the gear and understanding what you are doing by photographing them, although you would be better off with something like a 50mm lens for that. It all depends on what you want to do. You can do amazing stuff with a DSLR but you can take your time with it and how much you want to learn. Yes you can set it to Auto and shoot from that and just do jpegs. Then maybe go to Aperture and shoot both RAW and Jpegs. Eventually you can go manual and shoot in RAW but you will also have to learn how to process images. There is a tremendous amount of versatility in your setup and it all depends on what you want to put into it. And I echo Len's post did you get the Bobcat? 3 and 1/2 years going there and I have heard about them frequently and never have I seen them.
I got a look at the Bobcat through binoculars first then went for my camera but before I could even get it up to my eye it was gone in the bushes! Too bad!
As Nick suggested I was planning to just use JPG for now - I certainly don't have too much time for processing with work and family. I have been using some "P" mode and some manual as well. I've only really been out with it twice so looking forward to trying more.
I also have a Nikon 18-140 mm that my wife got me, which seems to be great for photos of my two little princesses!
Definitely looking forward to playing with it some more! I'm working my way through a book by David Busch on the camera as well, which is quite helpful.
Post by nickinthegarden on Feb 25, 2019 4:21:05 GMT -8
I forgot to suggest that Utube is a great resource for learning how to do most anything including photography. There are some great Nikon shooters who have shared their expertise on that camera line but also some excellent videos on the various aspects of photographing birds. Good shooting!
Randy, good shots! That first Junco is especially good. You're welcome x2
One thing I forgot to mention with the lens is to not use it at 500mm but just back a bit to like 490mm for a slightly sharper image. I didn't test this out but I've heard it from a few photographers. I'm not sure exactly how much sharper we're talking.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)