Trail Camera

Great solution for wildlife photographers
 

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I've been using the photo trap quite often lately. Not primarily for taking photos and videos, but as a good helper who monitors the behavior of game in a selected location for me. Thanks to her, I am able to map their activity, the places where the game stays and more accurately plan the position and time for their photography. Animals are quite monotonous in their behavior and visit certain places with quite regularity. Not everyone has to spend so much time observing with a certain regularity to use this information when taking pictures. See where you get the best light and composition from at a given time. A place where you will be sufficiently hidden and you will have the best possible overview of what is happening around you. Fotopast allows me to observe this without my presence disturbing the game in any way.

Placing a photo trap is not my first step. Before the placement, I do inspections and watch the activity of the game. If I don't see the game directly, I'm looking for their tracks. Traces in waterlogged soil in the field and around. Dung, bitten branches and leaves, as well as walks in meadows and dense forests will also tell you a lot. The following is an evaluation of the location with respect to the photogenicity of the environment depending on the position of the sun in the morning and evening. The possibilities of placing a photo stand or a place for suitable masking are also decisive.
 

 

Location of the photo trap
Each location and its options, where and how to attach a photo trap are different, but basically I try to work with multiple photo traps in different modes. Because the thermosensor has a maximum range of 20m, rather less :) I also use one or more cameras in time-lapse mode, which will cover as much space as possible. It is important for me not only to capture the presence of animals in a given location, but also to have an accurate picture of their activity. Where do they come from, where do they leave the area where I intend to take photos, and also if there is no space where they stay longer and more often. Quite often I also add cameras to these cameras, mostly to the places where I am going to take photos. These are already triggered on the sensor and will give me a very precise idea of what images I will be able to get from a given place. so sometimes I can have 3-4 photo traps in one location, but the information I get from them is worth it.


In time-lapse mode, I shoot at a frequency of 30 seconds. The camera can be set for a specific period of time to take pictures. This way I don't have to fill the card with photos at a time when the lighting conditions are not ideal for the final photo. Depending on the location and position of the sun, I take photos in most cases only in the morning or in the evening.
 


What photo trap to take.
There are many trail cams on the market today from various manufacturers. In general, their quality corresponds to the price. Although some manufactures try to convince you with quality images "representing" their 16-20 MB camera, you will never achieve such a quality output for sure. But I don't mind, image quality is not so important for me. Battery long life, sufficient protection against water and dust, and durability are what I'm looking for. The price of such a photo trap cost starts at 40 euros on Amazon. I have a feeling according to the design and specification that most trail cams are assembled in the same factory, and just different names do the difference. What I recommend is to choose a trail cams with a LCD view screen. View screen what shows the current shot even when the trail camera cover is open. Most trail cameras have a camera on the lid. This is quite impractical. You do not see the final shot framing on screen and you need aim the camera by guess. With Wimius H6, for example, the LCD view screen is under a cover on the front, and both the screen and the camera remain pointed forward when you have the cover open. That means you can see on the screen the exact area covered by the camera while you are getting it into position.
 


Now I use WiMiUS H6 16MP trail cam, and so far it seems it does everything that I expect from it. The only downside is bad design for AAA batteries. It is quite narrow and does not allow the use of NiMH batteries that are slightly wider.