How to shoot a hummingbird

Jan 26, 2005
San Jose, CA
A number of folks have asked me how to get hummingbird pictures. The secret it, it's more about learning
their behaviors than the gear. Before you start hunting hummers, I'd recommend you read this site

Once you understand hummingbird psychology, you'll need to set up a "studio"... a space where you'll
have frequent opportunities to enjoy these flying bullets and experiment in photographing them. My own
outdoor studio is the space adjacent to the feeder. They come to it dozens of times a day.

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As far as gear is concerned, I've been able to get satisfying captures with everything from a Coolpix 5700
to a d70/70-300ED to my current rig - the d70 with the 80-200 f/2.8 and Kenko Pro 1.4x tc. Once you have a
reasonably long lens, it's more about light and technique than the particular lens. Here's a shot taken
with the 5700 that's still one of my favorites.

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I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about hummingbird photography. It's brought me great
pleasure, and I only have to step out of my back door to find wonderful photographic opportunities, like this
one I saw today. I call it "In the Pink" because I used a blossoming tree as the background.

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Jan 25, 2005
Excellent article UF. If I could just get a picture of a hummer I'd be happy. I can't even imagine getting shots like yours.... :p

Feb 21, 2005
Ottawa, Ontario
Nice article Frank and excellent shots. I'm looking forward to the return of the Hummers here. Only one stayed around this winter and he doesn't visit the feeder much.

Oh and thanks for the link!

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