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Motion Sensor Shutter Release

Don Blais , Feb 24, 2009; 04:26 p.m.

I want to shoot songbirds in flight but can only achieve this with some sort of Motion Sensor Shutter Release while my camera is on a tripod. It's impossible to use a wireless remote because I can't trip the shutter fast enough. Does anyone know what type of equipment the photographers use that shoot hummingbirds?

Thanks for your help.


Bob Tilden , Feb 24, 2009; 07:07 p.m.

This may or may not work for you, but consider trap focusing- that's where the camera waits for something to enter the in-focus zone before tripping the shutter...

Don Blais , Feb 24, 2009; 09:16 p.m.

Is this a feature that would be built into the camera?

Jay F , Feb 24, 2009; 10:05 p.m.

If you have a Canon EOS body (looks like an EOS body in your Portfolio picture), this might work for you:


Cheers! Jay

Mats Nilson , Feb 25, 2009; 02:50 a.m.

There's this recent thread in the Nikon forum which contains a few links to manufacturers of just that kind of equipment.

Ian Griffiths , Feb 25, 2009; 05:05 a.m.

Hi Don,

There was a recent post on Strobist.com about capturing Hummingbirds. Might be worth a look.




Don Blais , Feb 25, 2009; 09:48 a.m.

Thanks for the help everyone. I appreciate the input.

B M , Feb 26, 2009; 12:49 p.m.

I don't know if it helps, but a friend of mine just sits at the hummingbird feeder all day and then shoots them by hand when they come in. As long as there is no flash, they don't seem to even notice you...

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