Set up a trail camera
Correct placement of the Trail camera is very important for image quality and safety. For correct use, we must first determine the purpose of the trail camera.
Will we use the Trail camera for natural life research or use it as a security camera? (How to setup a security trail camera?)
There are significant differences between these two options.
How should the Trail camera be placed for viewing animal species?
1- If you want to use the Trail camera in natural areas, the seasons are important. Particularly in snowy areas, you have to adjust the height of the trail camera well. The amount of snowfall will vary depending on the region and height. For this reason, you should be familiar with the region where you will work. If the Trail camera is positioned lower than 50 centimeters, it can be covered by snow and cannot shoot for months.
In winter, the camera should not look north. Even if there is very little snow on the ground, the camera lens may close in case of wind blowing from the north side.
2- The Trail camera should not be placed vertically against the sun. Should take the light from the back or side. Direct sunlight significantly reduces shooting quality.
3- Trail camera can stay between the grass and bushes growing rapidly in the spring. Plants grow in a surprisingly short time. For this reason, it should be cleaned with a tool a few meters ahead of the trail camera or large stones with flat surfaces should be placed. In addition, there should not be grass, bushes or tree branches near the trail camera. In summer, plants can overheat, causing the trail camera to operate unnecessarily.
4- Trail camera must be placed on a path or roadside. In nature, all animal species use the easiest way just like humans.
5- You can use the smell to draw animals to the front of the trail camera. Pour it on a log, just a few meters ahead of the Trail camera. So the animals will stop there for a while and give beautiful images. The spilled odor disappears in a short time, so it must be poured onto absorbent bodies such as tree stumps.
6- Review the google earth images of your targeted area before installing the Trail camera. The ideal places are the intersection points of the mountains. Below is an example point:
Installation of the Trail camera as a security camera:
The use of Trail cameras for security is quite different from the use for nature research.
When used for natural-life research, it is recommended that trail cameras be placed as close to the ground as possible. However, in the case of a security camera, the opposite is true. When the Trail camera is used as a security camera, the main target is ” human ”. For this reason, it is necessary to place the trail camera as high as possible. Because the trail camera can be stolen or damaged. The fact that the Trail camera is in a high place reduces these hazards and makes it difficult to recognize.
The Trail camera should be camouflaged as much as possible. But make sure that the camouflage does not restrict the viewing area of the LED, motion sensor and camera lens on the front panel of the trail camera.
Trail cameras are very successful in use as a security camera. But there are some places where they are not suitable.
Trail cameras are designed for use in secluded locations. The recording capacities are limited to the memory card on them and they are not suitable for continuous operation since the power supply is a battery.
For example, you cannot use trail cameras at workplaces where there is continuous movement, such as a store. Or it is not possible to use it in places like a barn or poultry. Since there will be continuous movement around here, the motion sensor of the trail camera will be continuously active. This causes the memory to run out and the batteries run out in a short time.
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