My Lightroom Processing Workflow for Wildlife (Birds)

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In this video I demonstrate my Lightroom processing workflow for birds.

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Gear Info & Camera Settings

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Gear Info & Settings

Photo #1

Gear Used

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Settings & Exposure Info

Handheld
Manual Mode – Auto ISO
Single Point Focus on the bird’s eye
Spot exposure from eye as well
Continuous Focus Mode (AFC)
High Speed Continuous Mode — Fired off bursts of 3-7 shots
1/200sec, F8.0, iso: 360
Shot at 700mm – taking into account 1.5x crop factor of the D500: 1050mm

Photo #2

Gear Used

Fujifilm X-T3: https://bhpho.to/2ImfJWp
Fujifilm 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 Lens: https://bhpho.to/2Is4Sdr
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Settings & Exposure Info

Handheld
Manual Mode – Auto ISO
Single Point Focus on the bird’s eye
Spot exposure from eye as well
Continuous Focus Mode (AFC)
High Speed Continuous Mode — Fired off bursts of 3-7 shots
1/500sec, F8.0, iso: 1250
Shot at 560mm – taking into account 1.53x crop factor of the X-T3: 857mm

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In the video, I mention that you can change the default behavior of Lightroom so it doesn’t add any sharpening and noise reduction at import. You can watch that video here: