Camera settings for birding

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Camera settings for birding
Feb 5, 2010

I’ve recently bought the Canon 100-400L for birding with my 40D and I’d like some advice on the settings for the camera, to capture “static” birds and flying ones.

Below is what I currently use.

Can you tell me what I could try else, for better results, mostly for flying birding…

1- "static" birding

Center point AF
Spot metering
Subject is thus photographed centred
F6.3 until F8
Hand held - IS on, mode 1
“One shot” or “AI Servo”
Iso 200 or 400 or eventually 800
Shutter speed faster than 1/400sec if possible

Then in post processing:
Level – contrast - brightness – color saturation
Isolate the subject and sharpen it + blur the background eventually
Crop & adjust for the rule of 1/3 eventually

I get good results

2- flying birding

Center point AF
Evaluative metering
I try to photograph the subject centred
F5.6 until F7.1
Hand Held - IS on, mode 1
“AI Servo”
Iso 200 or 400 or eventually 800
Shutter speed faster than 1/800sec if possible

Then in post processing:

Level – contrast - brightness – color saturation – add lighting on the subject sometimes
Isolate the subject and sharpen it + blur the background eventually
Crop & adjust for the rule of 1/3 eventually

I am not so happy with the results I get

Thanks in advance.

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