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.