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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

My First Bird Photo using “Better Beamer” and Flash

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Birds at My Birdfeeder
A Northern Cardinal Photo

Photo of a Northern Cardinal taken with a "Better Beamer"

I’ve been really focusing on improving my photography and post-processing skills, which has kept me away from posting lately.  I’ve done quite a bit of training on Photoshop and polished up my skills with Lightroom and the Nik Software plug-ins.  I also bought a “Better Beamer” which is a flash extender that allows the flash from a speedlite to go quite a bit further in a relatively narrow beam.  The photo above of a Northern Cardinal is from my first set of photos using the “Better Beamer” (in fact, it’s the first time I’ve used flash of any kind with bird photography).

I believe that flash really helped with this photo by filling in the shadows.  Plus, if you look at the eye, you’ll see a catch light that I think is from the Beamer.  Also, I learned a few new techniques with Nik Software and Lightroom to improve the background.  I still have a lot more to learn and experiment with, but I like the improvements in this photo over previous bird photographs.

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