Photographing Wildlife

When photographing wildlife, many professional photographers will use what is known as trail cameras. Obviously, each photographer would like to use the best trail camera for each specific set of shots but there are so many different ones’s available today, that is sometimes hard to determine. The best trail camera though is often a matter of personal preference by the photographer although the features offered the photographer by the camera, can make a big difference to the final shoot.

Today there are websites which are specifically designed to assist photographers in being able to select the correct trail camera for the type of photographs they intend to take. How these websites assist is by reviewing many of the different trail cameras available and then making any comments on each, based on their experience and knowledge of trail photography. This does not course mean that their views will be the same as yours but at least you will learn something about each different camera. Armed with the knowledge the websites provide you with, you will be in a better position to determine exactly which camera would be the best for you for the particular shoot you have in mind.

How these cameras differ from most other cameras is that they can be operated without the need for the photographer being present which means far closer shots of the animals can be obtained. These cameras are perhaps secured to trees where hopefully animals will pay them no mind although some photographers prefer to use “blinds” which hide the cameras from view from the animals. Either way, animals will hopefully not be afraid to pass close to the cameras. Obviously, as the photographer is not present to click the camera at the suitable time, usually a motion sensor is used to remotely click the camera and perhaps even keep clicking until the motion stops.

As animals may approach during the night as well as during the day, many of these trail cameras have infrared capabilities so bight shots can be taken but often these are in black and white as opposed to colour but the results can still be very good and certainly better than any shots that were tried to be taken with a human being present.

Examples of some of the trail cameras reviewed by these websites are:

VENLIFE Trail Camera, 12MP Full HD 1080P 90° PIR Sensor Wildlife Hunting Camera

With a 90 degree 65’ detection zone, this camera has most features any photographer may need, with upgraded imaging sensors for better pictures in low lighting conditions. It also has built-in red glow technology.

Pros

  • 2”LCD screen
  • Waterproof protection
  • Password control

Cons

  • Complex instruction package
  • Requires SD adaptor
  • Batteries not included

AKASO 14MP Trail Camera Night Vision 1080P Hunting Camera

This camera also has many features ideal for photographers

Pros

  • Affordability
  • 4 inch LCD screen
  • Hybrid photo/video capturing

Cons

  • Only uses micro SD cards
  • No GPS Geo-tracking
  • Low performance in low temperatures

These are just two examples of the many that are shown on the review websites

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