HOW TO MAKE A MOTION-SENSITIVE CAMERA TRAP

One man’s journey to controlling a Nikon.

BY TOM IGOE

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Photography by Tom Igoe

In any project, you learn a lot from the mistakes you make along the way. I recently set out to build a camera trap (hidden automated camera) for a wildlife observation project on which I’m collaborating. Here’s the story of all the things I learned getting it to work.

Basically, I needed to make a motion-sensitive remote control for my Nikon camera. I was inspired by Matt Mets’ Nikon Camera Intervalometer project (makezine.com/go/mets), which mimics the pocket remote trigger that comes with some Nikon cameras by running an ...

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