Lighting Diagrams

One of the keys to the uniqueness and beauty of camera trap photographs is the lighting.  To create compelling lighting, a weatherproof studio of sorts is set up in the woods which includes a camera, motion sensor, and several off-camera flashes.

 The camera and flash settings are manually set, dialed in to capture a shot that has not yet happened… one the photographer predicts will occur based on knowledge of the animal, terrain, and weather.   The rig is left for days or weeks at a time.  It is a challenging and rewarding form of photography.

Here are a few photographs paired with their lighting diagrams.  The diagrams show the positions and settings of the camera and flashes and “shed a little light” on what’s behind each photograph.


Fox on a Rock







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