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Using Trail Cameras - Tips and Tricks - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop the lens from fogging?

Short Answer

Browsing the web, we found the following tips:

  • Spray with lens cleaner for reading glasses
  • Spray with "Rain-X"
  • Mix baby shampoo with water, 50-50 and rub on
  • Check ski shops and dive shops for products used on ski goggles and dive goggles

Please note: trail camera lenses may be made of plastic, and some produccts (eg. petroleum based) may dissolve plastic. If in doubt, do not apply anything that you are not sure is safe for your camera.

How do I set the flash if it is too bright or too dark?

This answer relates to infrared flashes (red or black).

Some cameras allow you to choose flash intensity - you can use all the LEDs on the camera, or just a small portion.

Sometimes if you use the full strength flash, when an object is near the camera it will be over-exposed and appear white. However if you use the half-strength flash, then objects that are far away will not be lit up enough and the image will be black.

There are a few approaches that can help:

  1. If you are specifically targeting something close to the camera, then perhaps use the weaker flash and accept that objects far away from the camera will not be visible. Likewise, if you are specifically targeting something distant, perhaps use the full flash and accept that objects near the camera will be overexposed.
  2. Any foliage or other objects that are close to the camera will reflect the flash back into the camera. Be sure not to have even tiny branches or leaves close to the camera.
  3. You can try using the full strength flash but then cover some of the flash LEDs on the camera using black gaff tape or electrical tape. Be sure not to cover the light sensor, which should look slightly different than the flash LEDs.
  4. You can purchase a flash extender - these devices operate like an extra flash. They connect to your camera via a lead. In this case, set up your camera to use half flash so that objects near the camera are not overexposed but also connect the flash extender and position it forward of the camera and facing away from the camera. This will then light up the background so it is not too dark. Note that the flash extender is triggered by the camera's own flash - it has a sensor which you stick onto one of the LEDs on your camera. Be sure that you connect it to an LED that does still light up when the camera is triggered (and not an LED that is disabled because you chose to use the camera's flash at half strength).