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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is it a good idea to use adapted tele lenses with a micro four thirds camera for fast moving (nature/wildlife) photos?

As someone who occasionally indulges in bird photography, shoots micro four-thirds, and has adapted manual lenses to her Canon dSLRs, I'd say don't do it. The lens will be disproportionately big and ...
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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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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 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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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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Are there any Teleconverters/Extenders which will work with a Canon Rebel EOS T3 and 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens?

It depends on how you define "work". And it depends on the lens with which you are working. If it means everything will work the way it does as you are now shooting with only the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5....
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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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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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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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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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Is it a good idea to use adapted tele lenses with a micro four thirds camera for fast moving (nature/wildlife) photos?

I've been a professional long-lens bird/nature shooter since the 80's. I used to use very big and pricey dedicated video cameras/lenses, but now have found the wonderful micro-4/3 world and love it. I'...
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Is the camouflage texture of certain wildlife lens covers relevant?

Movement, scent, noise and shape are more likely to effect an animal's behaviour than the pattern of the camouflage used on a lens. However the pattern may help in that it breaks up the shape of the ...
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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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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 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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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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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto Lenses are described in terms of focal length, and all you really need to know about focal length is that shorter focal lengths give ...
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