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What's the best setting on a DSLR for taking pictures of birds?

I have a new DSLR and want to pratice taking some nice shots of the fids. What's the best setting for daytime shoot and low light night time? Here's my dslr - Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD



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I'm rubbish with manual, Jack's usually the man for that! If I'm outdoors or there's a lot of lighting I put it on sport being as they move so much. Indoors though I usually use close up
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I have been playing with it on the auto setting but the photos don't come out as good as I expected it to be. This is a 24.2MP and I was expecting better.

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Try using the flash yet?
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Yeah I am trying it now. There are so many variations to using a flash..and with my tiny little brain it is hard for me to figure things out

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I just use NO flash and a high shutter speed. Makes the photos a lot more natural and flash washes colors out. Don't use flash unless you absolutely have to. As long as you have a lot of natural light or bright enough lights indoors then you won't need flash.



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same as Ktyne - no flash and fast shutter speed they move so much!

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My houses have always been dingy and dark so I tend to use the flash with the birds. If the lighting is bright enough then yeah natural is WAY better BUT they often come out blurry otherwise
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Play with the aperture on your lens.. What's the maximum aperture on your kit lens? Dslrs are really cool once you start playing with and learning how to use it. I'm no expert tho lol. I just have some lenses and a Nikon d7000 that I love!


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What's the maximum aperture on your kit lens?


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The maximum aperture on the lens is F3.5 to F22. I have been experimenting with the aperture, iso, shutter speed, and the flash. It's great fun so far trying to figure out the perfect combination to get a nice picture. My apartment is very low light so it has been a challenge for me to get that nice setting to use with the flash. I think i'm getting there slowly .

I just looked up your Nikon d7000 camera, it's very nice


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Even in low light you can usually get nice clear pictures if you have a high aperture and a good shutter speed.



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Even in low light you can usually get nice clear pictures if you have a high aperture and a good shutter speed.
Really?! I'm going to have a play with that. Thanks

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