Gesture in bird photography: How to create a stronger connection between your subject and the viewer


posted Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT


You likely don’t often think about gesture in bird photography, but Tim Boyer argues in the video below that we need to consider gesture in our feathered subjects and offers tips for getting more interesting poses in your bird photos.

While a sharp image of a bird with nice light and composition can be very good, it can be made even better if the bird is moving in an interesting way. The right gesture can create a strong connection between an image and the viewer. A singing bird, a tilted head, fluffed up feathers. These are all examples of interesting gestures in bird photography. A particularly good way to capture images with interesting poses and movement is to better understand the behavioral patterns of the bird you’re photographing. Of course, as is always the case with wildlife photography, patience is also required. For more tips and many great examples of gesture in bird photography, watch Boyer’s video below.

(Via Tim Boyer Photography