Tips for putting out camera traps in the Amazon:
1. Follow the tracks. Not every place on the trail is the same. And generally human trails are like animal highways. Tapir, ocelot, jag, peccary, deer… all kinds of animals use the trails. Areas with a lot of tracks on the ground are a safe bet for some good shots. * if you can find a place that a game trail and a human trail intersect 👌
2. Lower than you think. One mistake I see a lot of people making is putting the camera trap up too high. To me the most compelling videos if you’re trying to get interesting footage of animals, or behavior is to put it at I level. Whether you’re shooting jags or taper or something small like an egudy my rule is about 10 inches off the ground.
3. Wear bug spray. I usually don’t but when you have to concentrate for 30+ minutes in one spot, it’s a must.
4. Test the shot. I see a lot of people just throw camera traps and walk away. For me it’s a long process of finding a beautiful spot in the forest, and then getting down on my hands and knees and trying out the shot myself. And the answer to the question is yes I will share some of the ridiculous images of me crawling through the jungle soon lol
* Big thank you to @thomasstephane for these incredible DSLR rigs. I’ve always dreamed of trying out these monsters in the forest, and have always been frustrated with the low quality of consumer camera traps. The chance to get high-quality images of all the amazing wildlife we see is some thing that makes me insurmountably happy!