Wildlife Camera Trap Test: Nerds in Headlamps
You’ve seen us blog a few times now about the coolness of camera traps for photographing wildlife. Well now, we are officially getting into the game with a camera trap that will hopefully help us capture candid photos of endangered fishing cats in Thailand.
The idea of camera traps is a lot easier than putting it into practice. Camera traps require I develop a new skill set for photography. Luckily I have a few friends who are pros at this, and some more who are willing to be a fellow guinea pig for setting up a camera trap.
Depending on your definition, it appears our first CAT in WATER go is a success, though we seem to only have capture a couple of goofballs hamming it up for the camera.
Check out the nerds and camera trap slideshow.
What you see here is DSLR set up with three off-camera flashes and a TrailMaster IR trigger.
I’ve never been tangled up in so many cords, playing the role of the techno-geek for photography before. But as you can see here, I think we’re on our way to sorting it all out. Now we’ll see how our camera trapping efforts fare when we migrate from my apartment alleyway in Boulder to the mangrove forests of Thailand.
A big CAT in WATER thank you needs to go out to our friend Ethan Welty (pictured here) not only for his technical braininess but for his ability to make an otherwise boring task into something fun. MEOW!
Here are some links to a few camera trap articles and work that we think is worth checking out.
Joe Riis camera-trapper extraordinaire
Capturing the Big Cat Popular Photography article on camera trapping with George Steinmetz
How do camera traps work? by Michael “Nick” Nichols
Candid Zakouma Interactive Map by National Geographic with slideshows of camera trap setups