• Tuesday , 25 September 2018

Wildlife Photography Using a Laser Trigger

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Hi, this is Jay P. Morgan. Today on The Slanted Lens we’re going to photograph wildlife with our MIOPS laser trigger. Wild, ferocious animals! Ok, fine. Hummingbirds. I’m really happy with the shots I got using the trigger and Tamron 90mm macro. Take a look and see how I did it. And for a more in depth look at the lesson check it out on the website: http://bit.ly/1oDuisJ

Keep those cameras rollin’ and keep on clickin’.

-Jay P.

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33 Comments

  1. Yegnesh Waranrs
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    I am 500

  2. G Carmichael
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Well done!

  3. Frank van Leeuwen
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Hello JP,
    I tried the same setup, though my miops doesnt seem to react like yours. It doesn’t trigger when I break the beam to far from the triggersensor. It does however trigger when I block the sensor even without the laser turned on?

    You have any thoughts on this?
    I sent you an email aswell.
    Kind regards,
    Frann

  4. Coulter Stuart 0
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Thanks for making this video! A great resource for learning nature filmmaking is https://www.naturalhistoryfilmmaking.com I don't know if anyone else has seen this webpage but it has a lot of good stuff on it and they are always adding new stuff.

  5. Ujjal Sengupta
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Its my pleasure

  6. Zeppy
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Smashed his little head!!  Crack me up JP 🙂

  7. Ujjal Sengupta
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    cool n beautiful

  8. John Couvaras
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Just a little over the top for some

  9. Creativeskate26
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    So many whiners in this comment section haha The image is great, the only thing I would have changed is the color of the bird(since it picked up a green hue).

  10. eXplorer
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Nice vid! I like watching earth, explore and meditate…

  11. Mitch Booth
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Where do you get the clamp that you are using to mount and hold the laser?

  12. Anil Maurya
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    In Magic Lantern there is settings to allow camera to trigger based on motion sense. So people with just SLR and know how to add that OS can do this with just a tripod and Flash. I will try it.. Sadly we don't have any humming birds near where I live..

  13. Nick Swallow
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    What iMac do you have

  14. trontastic
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Great. Just got a Miops myself. Excellent.
    This has probably been said before , but isn't there a chance of blinding an animal with the laser ?? Your thoughts ? : )

  15. Russell Wood
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Thank you for sharing your skills which appreciated

  16. Keshia Glenn
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Where can I find the device that's holding the laser on the light stand?

  17. Whitefire Pl
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    I have never had a chance to photograph a hummingbird but I do some bird photography and with these small creatures shutterspeeds like 1/2000th are sometimes not enough… I wonder ifit would be at all possible to 'freeze' a hummingbird. Anyway 1/100 sounds weirdly slow to me.

  18. Anthony Martin
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Cool video. However, the cost of the equipment used will make this technique expensive for most to implement and use at home. If one watches the birds at the feeder for a while, one realizes that it is fairly easy to predict when the bird will return to the feeder. So one can get rid of the trap. Then, by placing the feeder correctly and using simple reflectors to get light on the subject, one can then focus on getting the shot. i used a telephoto lens rather than a macro lens (which cost about the same about). Put my camera on a tripod and was able to get some distance between the camera and the bird. As for the background– that will depend on the backyard, but i used both natural and a large backdrop. I was able to used a shutter speed around 1/1000 at ISOs from 100 to 250. i got extremely clean images. This year I'm going to try using triggered flashes to illuminate the bird.

  19. iloper
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    not a good picture… but practice males perfection

  20. Photography by Blee
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Jay P. Thank you for making Photography Lessons Fun. Some may critique the final image while missing the excellent tutorial surrounding it. The "How To" might be implied in the title but your ability to create a challenge for yourself and your gear, then turn it into a complete, yet fun lesson, is very much appreciated. I especially like that you blend the technical aspects and the artistry together and at a level a beginner or a fellow professional could appreciate. Lighting and staging and sound, Oh My!
    Keep up the great work! Cheers! -PhotographybyBlee

  21. montrealfilmguy
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Keats,Yeats and Morgan.The legendary poets.

  22. Léo Li
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Tons of work has been done before getting these wonderful photos, amazing.

  23. California Travel Videos
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    As always, excellent show Jaymeister. Your shows are always tops from the standpoint of production value and dynamically addressing everyday problems as well as the solutions and workarounds. Realizing Jay is a commercial photographer, we should realize this show isn't meant to show best-in-class bird shooting practices. For purists more interested in the simple joy of shooting birds than making a commercial living, folks may want to see Tony and Chelsea Northrup's passionate hobby.
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tony+northrup+bird+photography

  24. Moritz Holzinger
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    You could do it so easy with any Canon DSLR and Magic Lantern on it, there activate motion detect and there you go.

  25. Alexandru dediu
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    select the area red, hue satur. , select red and change the color.

  26. D S
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Boy hard crowed today :/

  27. D S
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Now I feel better, I've got a Nikon D3200 with a 70-300 mm manual focus lens and I got two or three photos of humming birds that aren't as good as yours but are close, LOL. Hope I can work my way up to start matching your gear.

  28. Maltfalc
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    i think i'll just stick to shooting pentax and avoid the cost of a laser trap, the need to move the laser every time i adjust my shot and having to clone out nasty red blobs in all my photos.

  29. Aarongrubbworm
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    birdie birdie in the sky, why did you drop whitewash in my eye?

  30. pscully1969
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Excellent! That's what I'm talking about! I've been wanting to photograph a Humming Bird for ages. Nice tip about taping some of the holes and "herding" the bird where you want him. 🙂

  31. SuperLitherland
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    looks too dark
    should have used flowers nota feeder

  32. John D
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    Nice birds and nice job. Question on your LED panel. Was it being used in a flash mode or continuous source?  Have any issues with window reflections?

  33. DMS Studios64
    September 5, 2018 at 18:38

    JP, why did you not choose faster than 500th to try and freeze the wings more. i know those little buggers are fast so i thought the fastest shutter would be better. Also why not shoot from inside to try eliminate the laser and led reflections on the glass? loved the video, great content and ideas, i see you keep your cameras clicking lol

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