Trail cameras are used to help hunters and wildlife enthusiasts monitor the movements of animals. They’re great for tracking animal populations, gathering data about their habits, and monitoring against poachers.
But if a trail camera takes white pictures then it’s not doing its job! Luckily, there are many reasons why this can happen and many ways to fix it.
This article will go over some common causes of white pictures as well as how to fix them so you can get back out in the field with your camera working properly again.
What could be causing my trail camera to take white pictures?
There are many things that could be causing a trail camera to take white pictures. Some of the most common causes are:
Batteries are dead or not installed properly
Batteries not being installed properly is one of the most common causes of white pictures taken by a trail camera. In order to fix this, simply check that the batteries are installed correctly and are in full contact with the terminals. If there is dirt or corrosion on the terminals, clean them off with a wire brush before putting the batteries back in.
Dust or dirt on the lens or in the viewfinder
If there is dust or dirt on the lens of a trail camera, this will cause the white pictures problem. In order to fix this, clean off any dirt with a microfiber cloth and make sure that there isn’t any moisture on the lenses. If there is water condensation due to cold night air or high humidity after it rains, take out the batteries and let them dry before using them again.
Lens cap left on
Having a lens cap left on will also cause white pictures to be taken by a trail camera. To fix this, just remove the lens cap when taking photos and remember to put it back on when done! Be careful not to lose it though…you wouldn’t want your lens to get damaged.
Lens out of focus
If the lens of a trail camera is not in focus, it will take white pictures every time. The easiest way to fix this is by adjusting the lens until you see that all objects are in clear view.
Incorrect camera settings for the environment
Sometimes, if the camera settings on a trail camera are set incorrectly, it can cause white pictures to be taken. To fix this problem, refer to the manual for instructions on how to change or adjust each setting on your particular model of trail cam. If you cannot find what you need there, try searching online for information specific to your brand and model.
Interference from an external device such as a radio receiver or wireless game feeder
Trail cameras that take white pictures can also be caused by interference from nearby devices such as radio receivers or wireless game feeders. If this is the case, try moving the trail cam to a different location and changing its position so it has less of a chance of catching signal interference.
Camera settings are incorrect for the animal population in the area
If your camera is taking photos of white deer instead of bucks, then chances are it’s because you have your camera set up incorrectly for the deer that wander by it. In order to fix this problem, make sure that you’re using an appropriate time lapse setting based on what type of animal you want to capture on film.
For example, if you want to take photos of nocturnal animals, then you should use a time lapse setting of 6 seconds or less so the camera doesn’t get overloaded by all the data it has to process.
How can I prevent this from happening in the future?
Now that you know what could be causing your white picture problem, here are some ways that will help keep your trail cameras working properly:
Check your batteries! Make sure they’re charged and installed correctly every time before taking photos with your game cam. Keep an extra set on hand just in case if need be!
Make sure there isn’t any dirt or debris on the lens when taking photos. Try using an air blower to remove anything stuck onto it; however, make sure not to point the air blower directly at the lens or it could cause damage.
Cleaning your trail camera’s viewfinder will also help to keep your photos clear. Use a microfiber cloth with water, an alcohol pad or even just some plain old window cleaner – just be careful not to damage any of the equipment!
Make sure that you are using the right settings for the right animal population in your area so you don’t have white pictures anymore! If there is too much light, use a small tree branch to cover half of the sensor on each side so only half of it is exposed to light – this prevents crows from triggering night pictures because they are always flying by during daylight hours.
What other solutions might fix my problem?
White pictures can also be caused by very cold weather so if none of these solutions work, try waiting until the temperature warms up. If it’s not that, then you might have some more complicated issues with your trail cam that require a bit of troubleshooting on your own . Try checking online for help or reaching out to customer support for advice.
Hopefully this helped you figure out why you’re camera is taking white pictures! Let us know in the comments below what worked for you or if there are any other solutions that we haven’t mentioned here. Good luck and happy picture-taking!