I am working on a photographic project for my 'F' with the RPS. My chosen subject is migratory birds, both in and out of the UK. I plan to photograph over a period of one year, starting on 1st January 2010. I have had one preliminary discussion with a chap at RPS and he suggested 'environmental portraits' of the birds rather than close-ups which might be considered 'record' shots, the inference being that these would be inferior in some way. I spend a lot of time stalking and photographing birds and usually try to fill the frame with a bird engaged in some sort of activity and I much prefer this kind of shot to a bird in a landscape. I think I saw some comments Mike (?) made recently on this subject, but my question is, what exactly is a record shot and is it less kindly regarded than the environmental shot?