Image © Will Burrard-Lucas
Camtraptions has reinvented the camera trap sensor, making it easier than ever before to take high-quality photographs of rare and nocturnal wildlife.
A camera trap can be left out for long periods of time, just waiting for the moment that an animal enters its field of view. The camera trap sensor then detects the animal and automatically triggers the camera. Multiple camera traps can be deployed at once and left in place for weeks or even months at a time in order to capture images of extremely rare or elusive animals. Placing a camera in advance of the animal turning up also gives the photographer time to set up attractive, studio-like lighting in order to take creative images of nocturnal wildlife.
Camtraptions has been creating sensors for DSLR camera trap photography since 2014. The original Camtraptions PIR motion sensor broke new ground by making it easy for anyone to turn an old DSLR camera into a high-quality camera trap for photographing wildlife.
Photographers have used the Camtraptions sensor to win awards in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions. Richard Peters, for example, used the Camtraptions sensor to take his image “Shadow Walker”, which won the Urban category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and was also the overall winner in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Shadow Walker by Richard Peters was taken in his back garden using a Camtraptions PIR Motion Sensor.
Over the last three years, Camtraptions has gathered feedback from its users and taken the collective experience of camera trappers around the world to develop a new sensor that is easier to use than ever and introduces a number of innovative features for both still photography and video shooting.
The new sensor incorporates a rugged weather-proof housing and adjustable “blinkers” that limit the sensor’s field of view to provide greater control over the composition of the final image. It is very discreet and can be either strapped to a tree or mounted on a small tripod next to an animal trail or some other focal point for wildlife.
Will Burrard-Lucas, founder of Camtraptions and a wildlife photographer himself, said: “We launched the new sensors to our existing customers last month and the first batch sold out in a couple of days.
"Our second batch of sensors will start shipping next week. People are already using the new sensor to photograph polar bears in the Arctic, tigers in India, jaguars in South America, lions in Africa and cougars in the US. Many people are also using the new sensors closer to home, to take creative images of wildlife in their own backyards. For me the most rewarding part is seeing the wonderful images of the natural world that our customers are getting.”
The Camtraptions sensor is compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras, with more camera brands to be supported in the near future. The sensor can be pre-ordered now for £150 at Camtraptions.com.