Snapshot Serengeti Talk

Flashes on camera traps

  • Jihang by Jihang

    I haven't noticed many night-shot photos in which the animals are reacting with anything more than bland curiosity to the camera traps, despite the flashing. Which is surprising to me -- even in the day shots, you can often see animals reacting to the wrrr of the camera, or looking up to inspect it. I would have guessed they'd react with much more alarm to the flash photography, but they don't seem to be doing so.

    Is this simply because the night photos are only a single shot, and the animals don't have time to react to the bright flash before the photo takes? Or do they tend to be as unconcerned as they appear?


  • davidbygott by davidbygott moderator

    If there was a reaction, it would likely happen too late to be caught by the single flash. However, lightning is a familiar part of their world. Watching & photographing all these animals in the field, I haven't noticed obvious responses either to lightning or to camera flash.