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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.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. SonicReducer says:

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

  2. badpoodle says:

    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.

  3. dougal says:

    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.

  4. matthew_kleinmann says:

    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.

  5. matthew_kleinmann says:

    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.

  6. Shadyman says:

    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.

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