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Makescreenname writes – “Late this summer, hummingbirds finally began visiting the feeder we’d put up on our back porch. I wanted to try and get some digital shots of them, but couldn’t stand there with a camera “in range”–they’d never come.

I needed a remote cable release so I could set the camera up on a tripod, aim it at the hummingbird feeder, and release the shutter from a distance away. Problem is, my camera, like most digital snapshooters, isn’t equipped for remote shutter release.

Although an earlier instructable had a great hack for opening up the camera and tapping into its electronics, I didn’t want to permanently modify my camera, and wasn’t sure I would be able to do the surgery without damaging something.

So after some thought, I designed this simple fixture using low-tech parts readily available for $10 or less that allows you to leave your camera intact, but still allows you to “sneak” up on wildlife, have camera on elevated position, and other remote-shutter release situations.”Link.


  • SonicReducer

    this is just like “To Kill A Mockingbird,” no real information on killing birds. what a disappointment!

  • badpoodle

    phillip, i applaud your thoughts and efforts but must point out the flaw in your belief that hummingbirds won’t come if you stand there with a camera. hummers are incredibly bold little buggers and get used to the people around their feeders really fast.

  • dougal

    Yup, I’ve worn a red t-shirt and stood really still near our feeder, and had a hummingbird fly right up to me. You just have to be really, really patient.

  • matthew_kleinmann

    I have to second what badpoodle has said, hummers are bold little people. You need to stand by the feeder for a while, but I was at most six feet away and got some very cool pix last summer.

    The big advantage to your system is you don’t need to stand there.

  • matthew_kleinmann

    I have to second what badpoodle has said, hummers are bold little people. You need to stand by the feeder for a while, but I was at most six feet away and got some very cool pix last summer.

    The big advantage to your system is you don’t need to stand there.

  • Shadyman

    Only sad thing is that the camera in the photo set was focused on the trees in the background, not the feeder. The camera was probably too close to get a proper focus on the feeder.