Camera trap Gear Guide for Wildlife Photography | DSLR Camera Trap 102

Hey Guys, Tom here back with Part 2 in the Camera Trap Diaries series!

Today we are talking through the basic set up and gear needed for a DSLR Camera trap, I’ll be talking though my basic camera trap set up and settings, as well as a look at how I keep my gear protected from the elements. In the next instalment I’ll be looking at sensors a little more closely to help you choose the best one for your needs.

Below is a basic kit list to the essential components – excluding the cameras/flashes to help you out finding the right bits, as well as link to an excellent Ebook to help you get started.

Wireless Flash Triggers – Simplest way to wake and fire flashes from sleeping – No rewiring needed..(note each pack contains one trigger and one receiver so you need as many packs as you want flashes… it’s really hard to find separate single receivers!)

Wired Flash components
SC-28 Primary Cord :
SC-27 Secondary Link Cord :
AS-10 Flash Adaptor :

Peli Cases for Camera housings.
1150 for smaller cameras (You have to add your own port):
1300 for an easier build for larger models (simply cut a hole and replace with filter)

For hole cutting… one of these it has an 86mm blade that is perfect for adding a filter

E-book to help with flash setup and wires –

For some awesome inspiration check out Terry Whittaker. He has some awesome Camera trap work that you can find on his website here :

You can check out more of my work on my website :
or over on Instagram + Twitter — @TomMasonPhoto

My gear (Amazon Affiliate Links – 3% of purchase goes to me – you pay nothing extra)

NIkon D850 :
Nikon D500 :
Nikon 300 2.8 VR II :
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II :
Nikon 24-70mm (Upgrade) :
Nikon 20mm 1.8 G :
Nikon 105mm Macro :
Nikon Sb-700 :
Go Pro (upgrade) :
Peli Card Case :
Rocket Blower :
Manfrotto Pixi Mini :
Bag – Manfrotto Pro Light 230 :
Ronin m :

Music – Epidemic Sound.


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  1. Hello Tom, thank you for the great info about cam trapping. I've been using sb 28 flashes on my camera trap for the last year or so and am finding that after a few months of continuous use in the field they malfunction and can only output a full power pulse only. Even when i select 1/16th power they still output a full power flash, any fix for this you know of? All the best and keep those videos coming. 😉

  2. Very interesting Tom you certainly know your stuff, just a question regarding vr if its ok In one of your other videos you said you set your shutter speed to 1250 would you turn vr off when hand holding at that speed.

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