Hummingbirds: Student Success Story

Picture of a hummingbird hovering by a flower on a black background.

Photo by Barbara Keusch

Barbara Keusch, who recently completed the online beginning photography class, sent in her photos for review at the end of her class and really surprised her instructor, Jim Harmer, with a fantastic photo of a hummingbird.  Jim was so impressed with her shot that he asked her to share how she took the photo, and she was nice enough to do a little write-up so others in the class can learn from her experience.


Here’s Barbara…


openQuoteOne of my ‘goals’ this Summer has been to get a really good hummingbird photo, but they are just so quick.  By the time one comes to a flower, or the hummingbird feeder and I get it in focus, it has flown out of the frame.  So, I decided to wait on one to come.  I positioned a chair about 10 feet or so from one of the flowers I have on our deck. Took a few practice shots of one of the flowers, to see if it was too bright, or too dark before a hummer came by. This is where “Patience” comes in.  After several days of attempts, I was sitting on the chair, and a little hummingbird finally came and hovered around the flowers.  I got him in my viewfinder and started shooting in continuous mode.  Got 4-5 other pics of him, but this one is the best.


Barbara’s Camera Settings for this Shot
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Manual Mode
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/1250
ISO: 400
70-300mm lens at 220mm


I’m still trying to learn how to shoot in Manual mode. There will be a lot of trial and error to find the right setting for the right shot.  To tell you the truth, I don’t know if my settings should have been different, but I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to capture the fast moving bird. I took this photo about 11:00 in the morning, so I was surprised that it looks like a “night shot” with the black background.


Photography is such a fun hobby (obsession). What you think you might get in a photo can turn out to be something totally (amazing sometimes) different. Too many photo ops….not enough time!!”
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