Frequently Asked Questions

I often get asked questions about different aspects of my photography. I'm all to happy to answer most of them but thanks to my growing audience, who I'm thrilled to have, it has become a bit time consuming to answer all the questions. I thought it might be helpful to everyone to have answers to commonly asked questions right here on my website. If you don’t find your question answered here I’m always available for a remote training session to answer any questions you may have.


Q: What lens do you use for most of your bird photography?

A: I almost always use my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. It is not the latest and lightest len, but I love the way it performs. It is able to focus quickly, but it does have issues when it comes to birds in flight.

Q: Why don't use a 600mm lens?

A: It really comes down to weight. A 600mm lens does allow me to use it as easy as a 400mm lens

Q: What camera do you use?

A: I currently shoot my Canon Rebel T5 crop sensor body. Prior to that I used a Canon Rebel T3. I love these camera bodies for their fast frame rates and high ISO performance.

Q: Do you use a polarizer for wildlife?

A: I have never found the need for a polarizer for my bird photography. The loss of light, usually 1 stop, is not worth any advantages it may give me. I'm sure there are certain circumstances where a polarizer has advantages but I've just never bothered.