Using Remote Cameras for a Nature Film

NATURE FILMNature documentaries are experiencing a resurgence. People love to watch animals interact with each other and their environment in a natural way. Unfortunately, once animals sense a human is nearby, they usually begin to act unnaturally or flee altogether. One way to create an authentic nature film and get footage of animals being spontaneous is to employ the use of trail cameras.

Trail cameras are used by photographers and filmmakers to gain footage of animals in their natural settings. They are also used in areas where photographers can’t be, such as restricted areas and small spaces. They are also an excellent way for a photographer to get more than one angle on a scene.

Trail cameras come in video and digital still photography. There are also some that will upload images to a cloud storage. This is particularly helpful because the filmmaker doesn’t have to go into the woods, potentially disturbing the wildlife to retrieve footage from a memory card.

Many remote or trail cameras have infrared technology and are motion activated. There are also some video cameras that can be set to record continuously until the battery is dead. Like regular cameras, trail cameras come in a wide range from simple, inexpensive cameras to high-tech cameras that cost more than a thousand dollars. Read trail camera reviews online to figure out the best camera for your filming needs.

Most wildlife is skittish around humans. Couple that skittishness with animal’s natural tendencies to be secretive or nocturnal and it becomes very difficult for filmmakers to document them without the aid of trail cameras.

To use trail cameras it may be necessary to decide what animal species you want to document first. You would do this because animals like to move in patterns but different animal species move in different patterns. Say you want film of a family of deer. Deer like to stay near sources of food and water and if those things are in abundance, they will restrict their roaming to one square mile but if they are scarce, deer will travel up to 10 miles. A filmmaker would have the most luck recording a deer family by attaching trail cameras to trees and fence posts near food and water sources. However, foxes which are nocturnal, will not stray far from their dens so a filmmaker should place a camera as close to the den entrance as possible, and then a few around the surrounding area.

Before mounting trail cameras, make sure they are going in a place that is most likely to have wildlife activity. Filmmakers will know the area has active wildlife if there are tracks or narrow trails and animal droppings. Next, place it relative to the height, or slightly higher, of the animals you want to film. Some filmmakers may want to camouflage the cameras with leaves and brush but this is a bad idea because the leaves will trigger the camera to go off every time the wind blows. Animals are curious but rarely concerned by inanimate objects so the sight of a camera will not frighten them off.

With the aid of trail cameras, filmmakers can capture the true beauty and spontaneity of animals in the wild.

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