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Rodney Appleby - Birdlife Photography Biennial Conference 2022
Rodney Appleby












Rodney Appleby has been seriously photographing birds for 5 years. One day he looked back at old photos and realised he has had a passion for bird photography for most of his life. There is nothing more he enjoys than heading out on the weekend with his wife Sara to photograph birds, whether it be for the several surveys they carry out, to provide images to conservation groups to help protect birds and their environment or for sharing on their social media to try and inspire others to head outdoors and enjoy the benefits of birding.

Other Birding Roles

  • Local Branch Convenor  – BSQ Southern Group
  • Committee Member – BSQ
  • OHS Officer – BSQ
  • Vice-President – Birdlife Photography SIG
  • SEQ co-ordinator – Swift Parrots & Regent Honeyeater Surveys

Rodney’s talk will be a light-hearted affair looking at trying to kickstart the absolute beginner on their journey into bird photography. The topics covered will be wide and varied – ranging from basic equipment settings that you should learn on any camera, finding birds, equipment to take on expeditions, organising images in Lightroom, very basic photo editing that will enable you to show off the photo to family and friends, overcoming basic fears of entering the Birdlife Photography competitions and how it helps your photography and will conclude with answering that one basic question: What is the one most crucial thing you need to be a bird photographer?


Rodney’s go-to camera and lens for bird photography:

Olympus OM-1 with a Zuiko F4 300mm Pro

Olympus EM-1 Mk III with a Zuiko F4 12-100 mm Pro

iPhone 8


Image processing software used for bird photography:

Adobe Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Topaz Denoise

Topaz Sharpen


You can find Rodney on:

Location:   Labrador, Qld, 4215, Australia.

Email:        birdsphlap@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phlapphotography/

Youtube:    https://www.youtube.com/c/phlapphotography

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BirdsPhlap/

Website:   www.phlap.com.au


One of Rodney’s favourites:

Buff-breasted Kingfisher - Rodney Appleby
Buff-breasted Kingfisher