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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

Because there is a lot happening in a short timeframe (movement phases of a fast animal or athlete), and you want to photograph it all and/or the exact timing of the relevant event cannot be ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

Strictly speaking, one does not need high FPS burst modes for sports or wildlife, but rather they are useful tools that open up more options. I've shot sports in the last few years with a Canon 7D, ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

If you're going to take courses, I'd suggest you take them in zoology, wildlife preservation and management, or related fields about wildlife. While learning to master your camera and getting the ...
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How do I shoot birds against the sky to be faithful to their colour?

Well, in order to get good results, you'll have to make the plunge into non-auto settings. I'd recommend Manual mode. The problem you're running into here is that you are pointing your camera at a ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

The only ethical ways to get closer is to either use a lens with a longer focal length ("more reach"), or to view them in captivity, such as in a zoo. Trying to get closer to wildlife will only ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

In addition to all the correct answers about how fast action occurs, I'd like to point out two fundamental biological reasons for why you need burst: 100ms. This is the fastest we can react to a ...
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Photographing Sea Turtles hatching on the beach

Sea turtles normally hatch at night. So I'd plan to visit during a full moon, if you can. That way you will have some natural light to work with. I'd recommend using the slowest shutter speed you can ...
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Sigma 150-600mm vs 300mm prime with extender?

With any lens of greater than 300mm focal length on a full frame camera you're probably not going to get results you're happy with shooting handheld. On your 1.6X APS-C camera, the same angles of view ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

You don't become a surgeon without first becoming a doctor. Similarly wildlife photography is a specialization of our hobby that you get into later. I would recommend that you first buy a cheap ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Crop sensors are indeed used for wildlife to get more reach without sacrificing megapixels. And, you can get closer images without spending as much money. Sure, you could crop, but then your printing ...
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Is a 400mm enough for long-distance wildlife photography?

Your current camera is the Canon SX 150 IS... which has a tiny sensor (1/2.3) and a lens with an equivalent recorded FOV of 28-336mm on FF. Any increase in either aspect will improve your results; and ...
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Is it worth upgrading one stop for wildlife photography?

Hmm... To be honest, I'd have gone for something longer. For European wildlife, I use a Nikon 80-400 VR zoom lens, and mostly towards the long end. A wider aperture will give you a brighter viewfinder ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Not necessarily. The APS-C sensor merely crops the image that would have been captured on a full frame sensor, so you end up with what you'd get if you used a full frame and cropped in post (see: ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

Short version : you need more shutter speed. Crank up ISO, use widest aperture and trade both for shutter speed. they still either naturally wander off or hop and run away whenever I get within ...
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Struggling to find DX-fit telephoto lenses. Advice?

You can use Nikon FX lenses on Nikon DX cameras. The smaller DX sensor will only capture the center portion of the larger FX image circle projected by the lens. The angle of view with a DX camera will ...
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How do I shoot birds against the sky to be faithful to their colour?

Easiest fix Only shoot the bird when the sun is at your back, not behind the bird. Given how redtails circle where I am, I sometimes just wait as I draw a bead and follow them around the circle, to ...
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How do I decide if a Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a 'smarter' option than a good long lens?

The only real way to decide is to compare the results from each camera system and decide which set of results you find more acceptable. Comparison can be between actual results you produce yourself ...
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Which telephoto lens will be best for photographing bears in Alaska?

I'd say that if you have to ask which lens would be most suitable, you're probably going to want the range of the Sigma 50-500mm. The 70-200mm f/2.8 is the best of the lenses you listed. The 70-300mm ...
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Is it worth upgrading one stop for wildlife photography?

Take the following with a baker's pinch (aka handful) of salt. The difference between F2.8 and F4 is only one stop. Whether that's worth an extra £1500 is a personal decision that only you can decide....
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

Capturing fast motion is hard. It requires persistence, benefits from practice, and focus on the few successes not the many failures. Even experienced photographers produce more poor pictures than ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

There can definitely be some benefit to be gained by using a crop sensor camera when longer focal length is desireable. It is one of the reasons compact "superzoom" cameras can give fields of view ...
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When are special long lens techniques necessary for sharp wildlife photography?

I think the simple answer is when whatever alternative techniques you use do not yield sharp results. It is worthwhile to take a comparison shot with all parts of the tripod locked down, mirror up (if ...
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Which telephoto lens will be best for photographing bears in Alaska?

Sometimes the circumstance under which you are shooting trumps distinctions between the optical quality of one lens over another, even when there is significant difference in the optical quality of ...
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When are special long lens techniques necessary for sharp wildlife photography?

Clearly you didn't get to this point in your work by accident, your overall technique sounds fairly decent, so I'll offer a few suggestions or insights that didn't seem immediately obvious to me as I ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

He describes his Macro process on his blog. https://pbertner.wordpress.com/how-i-shoot-macro/ While you selected a few that have that effect, many don't. I don't think its anything more than ...
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Sigma 150-600mm vs 300mm prime with extender?

tl;dr — Keep the Sigma and learn to shoot it rather than buying a prime instead. From your post, it's tough to tell if you've simply read about unsharp photos with zooms or if you're actually ...
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Lens for Nikon D5600 recommended for bird photography

Focal length does not much depend on the bird or the camera, but instead depends on the distance to the bird. Is distance 3 meters or 30 meters? The camera you own is likely very fine. Use it to learn ...
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Which Teleconverter is best along with my Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens for Nikon-D7200?

None of them. Here are the reasons why: Teleconverters are designed to be used with telephoto lenses. Most makers of teleconverters state that they are intended with lenses of 70mm focal length or ...
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How could I make the snake better stand out from the grass in this "backyard wildlife" photograph?

Nice shots! I think the biggest issue with these photos (with regards to attracting attention to the snake) is that the leaves are parallel to the snake, and lead the eye away from it and toward the ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

The photographer has arranged a shallow depth of focus, and has chosen a plain background. And, according to his blog, has selected from a very large number of less successful attempts!
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