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ELEVATE YOUR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

You love watching birds. You love photography. And you’ll love this handy page. Whether you’re getting started or you’ve been shooting in the field for years, you’ll learn something new.

BIRDS MAKE FOR CHALLENGING SUBJECTS SCOTT BOURNE MAKES IT LOOK EASY
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MEET SCOTT BOURNE: Author. Lecturer. Acclaimed Wildlife Photographer. Bird Whisperer. When it comes to photographing birds in their natural habitat, there are few people in the world who are better than Scott Bourne. Using his training as an ornithologist — kind of a bird whisperer — he combines 40 years of photography expertise and endless patience to capture some of the most stunning bird photos you’ll ever see. Scott’s work has been featured in more than 200 publications, and he’s traveled the world shooting birds in an attempt to “speak for the creatures who have no voice.” Scott became an Olympus Visionary after switching to the Olympus OM-D system. He previously used big, bulky DSLRs and lenses until his surgically repaired shoulder couldn’t take the stress of holding heavy cameras. He found the perfect solution in the OM-D — lightweight, portable and powerful. Scott’s remarkable photography career continued without missing a beat.
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Protects Itself
PROTECTS ITSELF FROM BAD WEATHER Lousy weather often takes you by surprise. The OM-D E-M1 Series and our PRO lenses have you covered. It's splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof [down to 14 ̊F / -10 ̊C]. There's no need to carry protective gear, so you can focus on keeping an eye on your subject instead of watching out for your camera.
Compact With
COMPACT WITH SUPERB IMAGE QUALITY Let the OM-D Series set you free. Our compact camera bodies and small, lightweight lenses with the performance of pro DSLR systems. You'll have greater freedom of movement, and that just means better bird photos.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO + OM-D E-M1 Mark II VS Full Frame DSLR

Fast-Flying Birds
KEEP UP WITH FAST-FLYING BIRDS The speed of the OM-D E-M1 Series blows away most DSLRs. You can capture an astounding 60 frames per second (fps) with S-AF and 18 fps with C-AF using the silent electronic shutter. With the mechanical shutter, you can achieve speeds of 15 fps with S-AF and 10 fps with C-AF. All ideal for rapid fire shooting when you need it.
Never Miss a Shot
NEVER MISS A SHOT Let's say you're watching a bird about to spread its wings and take off. Our Pro Capture feature helps you get the exact shot. Press the shutter button halfway to start taking and buffering a running series of images in RAW or JPEG. Once you see the precise moment you want to capture, press the shutter button to get that image, plus the previous 35 frames.
Precise AutoFocusing
PRECISE AUTOFOCUSING Photographing a bird in flight takes an incredibly responsive and fast autofocus system. The OM-D E-M1 Series’ DUAL FAST AF features 121 points of Phase Detection plus Contrast Detection AF that blanket the image sensor. Each point is cross-type for superior detection of horizontal and vertical lines, delivering superior accuracy.
Never Miss a Shot
TECHNOLOGY HAS REPLACED THE TRIPOD Leave your tripod behind and let our industry-leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization help you take sharp photos. Providing up to 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, capture crisp stills while having the freedom to react quickly to fast-moving subjects.

TOP TECH TIPS

FOR PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS WITH AN OM-D

Presenting a few convenient tips to help you use some of the advanced technology you’ll have at your fingertips. Think of it as a quick guide to bringing home some stunning bird photos.

SET YOUR MODE DIAL TO APERTURE PRIORITY.

Manually control your depth of field while the camera automatically chooses the shutter speed. This mode is indicated with an “A” on the E-M1 Mark II’s Mode Dial.

USE THE CONTINUOUS SHOOTING LOW DRIVE MODE.

At 10 frames per second, this is the OM-D E-M1 Series' fastest mechanical shutter speed with continuous focusing on moving subjects. It’s an ideal setting for photographing birds in flight.

ACTIVATE CONTINUOUS-AF.

This setting lets you continuously focus on a subject while the shutter release is pressed halfway.

USE THE 9-POINT AF TARGET.

Choose the 9 AF points just below the center of the viewfinder, because that’s where you’ll typically position a bird in your frame.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ISO.

When it’s sunny, ISO 400 works well. But on cloudy days or at sunrise and sunset, you may need to boost the ISO as high as 2000 to achieve a shutter speed fast enough to freeze a flying bird.

KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL.

Lighting conditions can quickly change, especially when shooting outdoors. Keep your finger on the exposure compensation dial, conveniently located at the front of the E-M1 Mark II so you can lighten or darken your image.

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THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

TAKE THINGS UP A NOTCH

Scott Bourne has been shooting exclusively with Olympus for years. Here’s a look at what’s in Scott’s gear bag when he’ s out on assignment.

M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II
EE-1 Dot Sight
EE-1 Dot Sight
EE-1 Dot Sight
EE-1 Dot Sight
FL-900R
FL-900R
FL-900R
FL-900R
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Additional Photo Credits

All bird photos by Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne

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