Black-Throated Green Warbler (Three Photographs) and more on Sharp Photographs
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Like all warblers, these colorful birds almost never stay in one place for long. The challenge is to get them when they do. However, as you can see in one of the photographs they go where they want to go. The choice to take these photos at 1/500th of a second was based on trying to reduce the noise when I cropped them. It was to0 slow for one of the photos, but even with the blur I like the one in flight. It has turned out somewhat impressionistic. Not everything has to be tack sharp.
Part V: Sharp Photos and Supports
Any time you can lean on something, place your camera on a surface, it will more than likely help you get a sharper photo. Stabilization through support (turn off the image stabilization on your lens for tripods) is very helpful for sharp photos. Tripods and monopods can be heavy and/or cumbersome to carry around and use properly. Buying a cheap tripod will not help. While the price point for good stable tripods has fallen, a stable tripod, rapid release plates, and other accessories will cost (see JOBY, Kirk Enterprises, Really Right Stuff, and Wimberley). Arca-Swiss plates and compatible heads offer security and flexibility (I use them). Tripods are best for HDR, Landscape, shooting small birds when you plan to remain in one place for a long time. Though I have tripods, my preference is handheld. With the latest cameras and lenses handheld is getting easier. The cameras handle high ISOs better and hence higher shutter speeds and many lenses and some cameras have some form of vibration reduction built in.