From the beginning, cameras have both added and detracted from life in a myriad number of ways. One of the benefits of the fusion of technology and cameras is the ability to protect our homes and families.
Over time, cameras have shrunk is size while increasing in power and resolution to become ubiquitous in almost every spectrum of life. From being used in the medical and security industries to becoming a major part of the modern smart phone, these small cameras can be found almost everywhere.
However, sometimes there is a need to see what happens when we are not around. Sometimes, we must go the extra length of hiding the camera to capture what needs to be captured.
It is easy enough to go online an get spy camera and the like that can be placed in small, compact areas that are often overlooked. Although, you don’t have to go all James Bond with it and some pin hole cameras can be made at home if you are willing to settle for still images.
For video, phone cameras work well but many times a dedicated camera with a motion sensor is the better option as it will activate on motion, thus not wasting power or memory space.
Don’t Change Your Room
The point behind a hidden camera is that it stays hidden. A common mistake that is made is people will arrange things in the room to either hide the camera behind or move things that are already in place to get a clearer image.
If someone has entered into your room, even once, there is a chance they will notice these changes and it will call their attention to the changes.
Of course, the more often the person has been in the room the more likely they are to notice changes, even subtle changes. Thus when attempting to hid a camera the best option is to make as little change as possible to the placement and objects in the room.
Test The Angles
When considering where and how to place a hidden camera, you should always run some test footage or stills first to make sure the angles are clearly defined. This can be crucial if you are planning to use any related stills or footage in a civil or criminal action in the future as the different angles can be called into question during subsequent investigations.
It is more than just not being able to see the subject clearly, but the angles can call into question what can not be seen from the camera’s perspective.
Where Not To Hide A Camera
Contrary to what you see in Hollywood, most people can easily and quickly spot a camera that is peering at them from the ceiling, even if they are not looking for one. This is due to the fact that the human eye sees the ceiling as one form and anything that disrupts that form can draw the eye.
Ever noticed how you can go to a new store and for some reason you notice there are sprinklers in the ceiling? That is why. In most cases you don’t realize that you are noticing them because you are expecting them to be there but a camera lens, even a very small one will attract attention.
Use What You Know
Sure, you can purchase hollow books, drink cans and more for hiding a camera but these tend to also draw attention.
Placing a hidden camera should take full advantage of the surroundings and if glanced, should be easily dismissed as something that is supposed to be there. For example, placing a camera on a book shelf, mostly hidden by the books, be sure to place the camera up against the back wall of the bookshelf. This way to the travelling eye, it appears as if something fell down behind the books. Because this happens in almost every home, it won’t seem out of place.
Sometimes The Obvious Works
This is called the “under their nose” rule. Sometimes the best place to hide something is “right under their nose.” Using an old camera body to hide a small digital camera and leaving the camera on the shelf pointing outward will work.
Most often a person will look, see no lights on and figure it is just sitting there and ignore it. The same with a drawer partially open. If this is common for the room, there could easily be a camera hidden in the draw, but just not seen by the observer.
To successfully hid a camera in the room, use common sense. Don’t try to over think it and certainly don’t try to over do it. Don’t change the room to the camera, change the camera to the room. Don’t follow the beaten path, such as trying to hide the camera in a stuffed animal.
Oddly enough, that is one of the first places someone will check if they are looking for a camera. This is because it has been portrayed by Hollywood several times. Overall, just work with what you have and do the best you can and remember to keep it simple.