Bird Photography

May 12, 2014

Bird photography at Must be alpine birds, right? Not necessarily. Bird images are not always of genuine alpine character, but many species have their natural habitat in mountaineous or hilly regions as well as in other regions of the world. As an example, this goes for the well-known Kingfisher.

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis


Bird photographer Rapeepong Puttakumwong creates striking images. He manages to combine technical skills and excellent image composition perfectly. It takes much enthusiasm to specialize in this special genre. Wildlife does not follow any plans, and a successful day out depends on preparation as well as on luck. We asked him about his bird photography work:

“What I love most about birds are their colors and cute actions. Birding photography is a real challenge to me as nothing can be predicted. I usually go to many national parks in Thailand for birding. Sometimes, I visit the city parks in Bangkok as well as the wet land area nearby. I’m composing my shots depending on the size and color of the birds at the moment I take the shot. I normally edit the pictures with photoshop for final composition.”


Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris
Sometimes a bird photographer has to wait for a long time to get his shot. “Depending on the birds and of course, my luck. Sometimes I don’t even have to wait. The birds just show up once I get there. However, when luck is not on my side, many times I have to wait for a whole day and get nothing.”
White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana
Waiting for the perfect moment is not always boring: “The funniest situations are when the birds get too sleepy but yet they want to eat worms. Witnessing such a moment like that is hilarious.”
Spotted owlet Athene brama
Creating images is only one aspect. If you intend to sell your images, you have to care about title, keywords and description. It’s the only way how image buyers can find what they are looking for. For bird images it is crucial to set the correct names of the respective species. Latin names are mandatory as well. Sometimes it takes much time and effort to learn about the correct names, but experience helps. Rapeepong Puttakumwong studies the species’ names before and after his shooting sessions carefully. “I make best use of various books and the internet.”, he says. Of course, this knowledge has to be transfered to the images, and if it’s done properly, your image agency will say “Thank you” and more customers will find your images.
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea

Luckily, birding is not too dangerous. Rapeepong Puttakumwong was not harmed so far, he only got bitten by bugs and insects in the woods. But who knows, maybe he meets a tiger once?

Rapeepong Puttakumwong started his bird photography in 2012. He is represented by various image agencies and is working with since 2013.


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