Introduction: Remote-control Nature Photography
- Camera with Infra-red remote control
- 12V Battery
- Power inverter
- Infra-red wireless remote extender
- (Optional: wireless video camera and receiver)
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Step 1: Set Up an Outdoor Power Supply
If you're close enough to run a power cable from your 'hide' to the camera, you might as well just run an air-powered shutter-release, and follow this instructable instead.
So let's start. First find a 12V battery (maybe from a car or a lawn tractor) and hook it up to a 12V DC to 110V AC inverter. In the words of Snap!, "I've got the power!".
Step 2: Set Up an IR Extender
Now find that IR remote extender you bought from Radio Shack several years ago and gave up on using because it was more trouble than it was worth :-) ...
Hopefully you have a camera with an Infra-red Remote... set up your camera on a tripod, pointing at the most likely place for a good photo, and set your focus up now. Tie your Remote Extender to the camera (rubber band, string, whatever - it doesn't have to look nice, it just has to stay in place) so that it is very close to the IR sensor. We don't want the IR to be swamped by sunlight.
Step 3: Optionally: Set Up a Remote Video Cam...
For the couch potatoes among us, you might also set up a wireless video camera pointing at the same place as your still camera; you can then watch from your TV for a good subject to snap. Personally I just watched through the living-room window (As the Wizard said, "Ignore the man behind the curtain") :-)
Step 4: Say "Cheesy!"
Now using the original Infra-red Remote that came with your camera, take your pictures by pointing it at the Remote Extender transmitter...