CASEY SMARTTPhotographing the Elusive
What inspired you to get involved with camera trap work?
What do you specifically find are the advantages of using these techniques?
What are the disadvantages?
Within that equation there is a lot of potential for error. You can choose the wrong exposure settings or focal point and essentially waste days or weeks of work and travel. Curious or destructive animals can knock over your equipment or rub mud on the lens. Weather can fog up housings and phantom shadows can cause false camera triggers that fill up memory cards and drain batteries. All these things could be corrected or avoided with standard methods of photography but they are deal-breakers for camera trap photographers.
"With traditional photography, you generally have an opportunity to react and respond to subjects, lighting shifts, and equipment hiccups. But camera trap photography requires you to make all those decisions in advance."
From a technical perspective on location, what are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome?
The equipment used can get quite specialist, ranging from a simple remote system to complex lighting, trip-beams and flashes. How complex do your setups get or do you find keeping it simple is the best approach?
What has been your most successful trap-camera project to date and how long did it take from concept to first successful image?
What’s been your biggest failure, either technically or photographically?
Where do you see trap and remote photography going in the future?
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