Wildlife photography is a very interesting but time-consuming activity. But, if you have researched and found amazing locations to capture pictures and game or trail cam you can get extremely amazing photographs of wildlife.
A game camera is also called a trail or hunting or wildlife camera, too. A game or trail camera is a camera that is set up to take photographs and record videos without physically going to the location. It is a small remotely triggered camera that clicks pictures and records videos when it senses any motion or moment in front of it. There are many different and amazing trail or game cameras in the market.
They also have the ability to use infrared lights to capture photographs in the evening and nighttime. Many advanced trail cameras have an inbuilt flashlight feature that clicks amazingly clear photographs both day and night time. Modern trail or game cameras have many different features like a wider range of lenses, quick response time, quick trigger time, long battery life, weather-resistant feature, too. You can get most of them expecting something that only costs between 100 to 200 $.
Setting Up A Game Camera
When you are going to set up a game or hunting camera, you have to think about which position and were to face the lens of the camera. Direct sunlight can cause problems when your camera captures the pictures, your camera can not capture high-quality photographs because of it. You can set the camera to face north, it is better than facing in direct sunlight and east or west. If you are going to place a camera facing east or west, make sure it can be shaded by branches of the tree. And you need to make sure the branches do not block or clover the camera lens and motion sensor. If branches cover or block the camera lens then it does not trigger the camera and you can not succeed in your photography strategy.
You have to set the camera height according to the animal in case you are trying to capture photos of animals. You must consider the height factor for deer, bear, or any other animal photography. Because of the right height of the camera, you can get the whole animal’s picture, not just one part of it. For example, for deer and bear, you have to set the camera a bit lower than waist high and for turkey, you have to place the camera around knee-high.
You can place the camera on a tree branch and face it at a downside angle on the ground. You can have great photographs of animals and different views of them by using this strategy.
Food source and mineral source areas are also great places for placing and setting up the trail or game camera. If you find a big food source area, you should place and set several trail cameras to monitor the activities of animals and capture all those activities on your camera. You can get different angles of one area and animal by using two cameras at the same place. You can also set one camera on picture capture mode and another one on the video recording mode, and get a different perspective of the same animal activity.
Checking A Game Camera
Checking a game or trail camera is an important factor after placing and setting the game or trail camera. You need to consider the season, weather, and time of the year to decide how often and regularly you should check the camera. In winter and cold weather batteries drain faster than in the spring season. Animals smell human scents very easily. You will also need to think about decreasing human scent in the camera set up area. On Food source areas, you can place or set the camera to be on the edges of the area, so that you can check the camera easily without disturbing animals.
If you are planning to set the camera in the woods, my suggestion is that checking them after 2 or 3 weeks is the best plan, because of that there is a less human scent in that area and animals will not get disturbed. Trail cameras have the best wireless facilities that you can view and send all these pictures and videos on your cell phone and on a computer as well as saved in the memory card. So, this feature is also very useful to see what your camera clicks and records without physically being there and disturbing the wildlife and animals.
Archiving Photos And Videos Setting
Setting a good archiving system is very fundamental and necessary for the saved pictures and videos of the camera. Without it you can have difficulties finding the particular photo or video you need. In the case of posting on social media, monitoring on some occasions you can not find it to show people.
You must have extra memory cards and batteries with you while setting up or checking the game or trail camera. If in case one memory card is full of pictures and videos you can put another one and you can not get disappointed at the time. Just like a memory card getting full, sometimes batteries are not working well so if you have another with you so you can continue your plan or strategy of wildlife photography.