Canon: Bird Photography with Arthur Morris: Camera settings

Canon: Bird Photography with Arthur Morris: Camera settings

Learn how features like Picture Style, White Balance, Back Button AF and other custom settings can help you capture beautiful photos of fast-moving wildlife. For more videos from this tutorial series, check out the Canon Digital Learning Center:




sk8 rad says:

He's so so good!

thank you very much artie 🙂 for this great tips . i wish i can attend  one of your classes, may be in the near future ( summer 2015)  i might come and visit my beloved America, and i will be honored just in meeting you Sir. 

Methodical2 says:

Just an FYI.  The 7D2 gives you the ability to set both the Af-ON and * button for different drive modes (i.e. 2 back button Af).  I have the AF-ON button set to One Shot (spot focus) and the * button set for Ai Servo, therefore, I no longer have to rely on the Ai servo back button bumping when I want to take a stationary shot.  

Also, it is more efficient to set up the Custom Shooting Modes (C1-C3) with all your settings that way you are ready to go and you don't have to go back through the menus looking for things.  For example:  I have C1 set for general bird photography, C2 for sports photograpy and C3 for BIF.  I use C3 because if in another mode and there's a BIF opportunity, I can quickly turn the dial to C3 without looking (dial won't go farther than C3 so I don't have to look to verify correct setting) and I am quickly ready and in my BIF settings ready to go.  Note: if you setup the Customs Shooting Modes and want any changes you make to take affect, you need to enable "auto update."

Just something to think about

RingWraith66 says:

Love these videos, can you do some going more into the various AF Cases and which ones to use in which situations as it relates to birding.

Matt Packer says:

hey would u recommend cano 7d mark 2 and 400 f5.6 or new nikon 300 f4 vr and d7100  with tele converter

I've taken one of Arthur's workshops in Fl. I highly recommend it if you have a chance to join one. I learn so much during that workshop. Arthur is a great teacher

good job thanks my friend .

How do i keep the focus square on display all the time on my viewfinder, it only activates when i press the focus…i want to know where my focus point is set before i start aiming.

sorry im new to canon, i have been shooting Nikon for more than a decade and the menu term need to get used to.


Matt Packer says:

Please help me. I can't seem to actually change what focus points I want to use what have I done wrong. How do I go through the points. I seem to be stuck on expandable group points. 

Matt Packer says:

hey last thing my camera seems to have iso d plus on my camera i dont want to use this how do i make it normal again so i can use iso 100 ect

So AF-On and * are set to do the same thing? Why not just use AF-ON?

Josef Gerl says:

The best information I ever got on bird photography up to now. Thank's so much, Arthur and Canon. I am quite happy with my EOS 1 D Mk III and 7 D!

Ersatz Mode says:

Merely saying which settings were chosen, without saying what they are and what they do, is entirely unhelpful – and very frustrating. This video would have been much better with further explanation with respect to this.

Nitin Jain says:

what is difference in assigning Auto focus to AF on button and Star button? How do they both activate one picture and AI servo respectively while same action being assigned to both buttons?

Excellent video. Thanks for sharing. After seeing g this video I tried clicking few birds and the result came out pretty well. Can you please tell me what tripod you are using. Looks excellent. 

surely picture style makes no difference to the image if you're shooting raw?
why is he saying he gets more consistent results?
great video nonetheless

Great video! I just purchase Canon 6D with sigma 150-600 Contemporary & I wonder if you can create a video about
the right settings for Aviation photography (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) for keeping the pictures sharp & clear & also hear some tips.


What does the D+ mean with the ISO

Dylan Fan says:

Is he in Japan?

fwijffels says:

A professional photographer, working for one of the biggest camera companies in the world, telling how a picture style influences your raw photo? WHAT? He should know that picture styles only mess with JPEG files and the preview on you camera screen… And Canon's director should definitely have recognised this and edited this part out.
This so called wildlife photographer tells a lot of wrong stuff in Canon's videos, it's very sad.

QuartzHD says:

1dx…this camera prob can autofocus itself and u can operate it with your feet

very nicely described ! Thanks love your work always!

Matt Packer says:

Hello please help I have a canon 100 400 ii and 7d mark ii with 1.6 crop factor. What settings do I need to use to get sharp pictures do I need to stop down ? What does this mean thanks

Phil Buglass says:

Why use the * button for back-button focus, when the 7D II has a button marked 'AF' right there on the back?

Whitefire Pl says:

Nice to see that I do it in the same way, with exception of the cases (i just don't touch them). And, well, I don't have such lenses. I also have back focus on both * and AF button, it's easier not to miss it :)

Billy L says:

How do you get such clear shots using the 2x extender when manual focus, I am going to Grand Teton/Yellowstone in 2 weeks, I will be using the 5Dsr with 800mm ……….

Hobby House says:

what camera was on the tripod please?

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phil kelly says:

Very helpful video. But I am having a problem with 7DII AND 100400 II lens where autofocus points fix on high contrast areas. For example dark wing edge and light sky in background or black / white feather variation on bird. This leaves face / eyes soft. Is there a trick I am missing?

Why do you have camouflage on your camera and accessories, including tripod but wearing a bright red jacket. Isn't that defeating the purpose?

Ticky Tocky says:

You're awesome, thanks!

Was this video done in Bosque ? If so can you let me know which time of the year was this video made. I wanted to know how it will in December end

f2mel2 says:

Aaaaahhh! Is this guy a bd-asss, or is this just life as a Canon sponsered photographer?

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