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. The components include camera, motion sensor, and several off-camera flashes. Everything is secured in protective housings to guard against rain and assaults from insects and varmints.
The camera focus, exposure and flashes are set to capture a moment the photographer predicts will occur, based on animal habits, terrain, weather, etc… The rig is then left for days, weeks or even months 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 how each photograph was made.