Getting Started With Wildlife Camera Trap Photography

With wildlife photography, much of it is giving yourself the opportunity to be in right spot and the right time. But sometimes it’s not realistically possible to be present behind the camera when your skittish subject is nearby in the frame. That’s where camera trap photography comes in.

Wildlife Photographer Tom Mason is starting a new video series, “Camera Trap Diaries,” covering camera trap photography. To start things off in his first video above, he gives an overview as to why he does it and what sort of images he aims to get out of his efforts.

With this type of photography, images can be made of subjects or in locations that are too difficult to be behind the lens on. As Mason said here, this does not mean you should disregard the same process you take when shooting wildlife photography normally. Take the time to scout out visually interesting locations with good light and compose your frame with a final image in mind. Don’t just settle for basic photos of an animal in frame every few weeks. Go for the photos that only come together in rare occasions and really make your effort worthwhile.

Mason said his following two videos will detail the basic gear needed for camera trapping as well as his reviews of the trigger systems available.

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Leif Egil Hegdal's picture

Camera trapping for wildlife can as the author says be very interesting and give amazing shots. It can also be frustrating because you among other cannot move the camera when the animal comes somewhat different than planned into the shot.
Another way to get some of the advantages of not being there is to use remote control of the camera.