Pixel Peeper nature photographers will tell you that bird photographs need to be sharp with the bird’s eyes being in clear focus. I too strive for a sharp, in focus subject in most of my bird photographs.
But there is no rule that states that bird photographs can be artistic, even if that means the bird isn’t sharp.
This blog shows numerous techniques and ideas for artistic bird photographs. Some of these ideas involve post processing techniques or plug-ins while others the artistic idea is in the composition.
Try some of these post processing ideas on your finished bird photographs or maybe don’t delete that bird photograph that isn’t quite sharp and give one of these ideas a shot. Also, try some of these composition ideas while out in the field.
Try a Soft / Watercolor Effect
Try a Bird Silhouette
By having your subject in front of the light and forcing your camera to focus on the lightest part of the frame, you can create some awesome bird silhouette photogaphs. You can also use post processing software to further darken the bird in the image.
Use a Reflection
Waterfowl and wading birds are normally in the water or on the bank. Take a photograph of the bird and it’s reflection to give the photograph an artistic touch. Try using a portrait composition vs. landscape for reflections.
Photograph the Bird and their Environment
Zoom out and capture the bird in their environment.
Try Black and White or Sepia
Black and white or sepia can give an average photograph an interesting artistic look.
Written by Martin Belan