Using Trail Cameras to Photograph Elusive Animals

Photo of a fisher, a small member of the weasel family, walking across snow-covered ground at night. Behind it is a pile of tree limbs laying on the ground. The elusive fisher is hard to find and photograph. © Mark Hendricks
The elusive fisher is hard to find and photograph. © Mark Hendricks

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Trail cameras, also known as trail cams and camera traps, can be a great way of capturing images of elusive animals, as well as candid photos of more common critters. Getting started requires a fair amount of gear, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. And, like almost anything in photography these days, there’s a bit of a learning curve. I recently spoke with Maryland-based nature photographer Mark Hendricks about how and why he uses trail cams.

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From the President: Tom Haxby

Bears, Salamanders and Snakes – Oh My!

NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.
NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  I thought about that proverb a lot during the NANPA High School Scholarship Program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where I was one of the instructors. A month ago, ten high school students from around the country spent a week learning about photography, conservation, ethics, biodiversity and a whole lot more through this annual program, made possible by your donations to the NANPA Foundation.

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With a Little Help From Our Friends

Exhibit hall at NANPA's 2019 Nature Photography Summit. Photo by Frank Gallagher

Exhibit hall at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit. Photo by Frank Gallagher

Putting on a great conference, like NANPA’s recent Nature Photography Summit, isn’t easy and the full costs aren’t covered by your registration fees, alone.  Keeping the conference affordable to attendees, while providing excellent speakers, technology, facilities and food, requires more.  Some of that extra support comes from our exhibitors and sponsors.

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Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.

Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.