The physical act of setting up a camera to catch images is relatively easy. It is when you are attempting to hide the camera that the difficult increases.
In order to capture the right image, you have to make sure all the aspects that come together to make a good image are in place and that includes the best possible placement of the camera itself. This can be challenging when attempting to hide the camera so the subject does not realize the image has been captured so prior planning is key to getting a successful, hidden camera, image capture.
Not Just For Evil Geniuses
Not all reasons for wanting to hide a camera are for nefarious reasons. They can be for artistic purposes, or in the case of trail cameras not wanting to spook your subject or just want some added security to your home or property. It can be for just wanting to know what is going on when you are not around.
Regardless of your specific reason, it is always best to check with your local authorities to ensure that placing cameras do not violate any local rules or regulations.
This includes trail cameras as some states and locals have rules against using trail cameras. In any case, better to be safe than run afoul of the local powers that be.
X Marks The Spot Or Location
From the subject’s perspective, where is the best location to cover all the action of this specific spot. Look at what the subject can see where they are located. This point of view is very important, as you do not want to change the look of this perspective.
For example, if you see a book shelf, make sure that the book shelf looks the same after you place the camera. Basically, when you are going to place a hidden camera, don’t change anything the subject might see.
If your subject is a person, the odds of them detecting something out of the ordinary is pretty good, even if they haven’t been to this location before.
Know Where To Look
Now that you know how things look from the subject’s point of view, you want to place the camera in the places you did not notice. Sounds counter intuitive but the camera should be placed where it is easy to overlook with a simple scan around the area. The two most common areas to look for are areas both above and blow the centerline of the eye.
Now the exact distance is different for each person but a good general rule of thumb is three feet off the centerline of the eye, both above and below the center vision line, you should avoid with your camera placement. This is actually easy to visualize.
Stand in the location or area and image a line going across the center of your eye. As you look out, the three feet above this line and below this line is where you should not put the camera. This is not necessary if you are attempting to capture game.
Importance Of Blending
Now you know how things look and where not to put the camera, so you can move on to the actual placement. Importantly, the camera should blend in with its surroundings. Don’t put a white camera on a black background, so to speak. A good hidden camera looks like it belongs there and is part of the scenery.
This can also be important with trail cameras as they should blend with the environment. The caveat is to make sure you do not disturb the contents in the room or location. As this could draw attention to the camera location.
Remember, there is no specific way to place a hidden camera as it depends on a wide range of variables. The information above will help you select the right spot and location but no guide is foolproof.
At also depends on what or who you are trying to capture on film and many other different aspects. It can also depend on the camera as well.
There is one final consideration when the desire to hide a camera strikes. A person can always place dummy cameras as well as a real one to capture an image. This can be beneficial if the subject is actively looking for cameras. Regardless of who, what, when, where and how, remember to check with your local authorities concerning the use of hidden cameras.