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Triggertrap Flash Adapter harnesses smartphones for high-speed digital photography

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This image was taken with the help of the Triggertrap Flash Adapter.

Since its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011, Triggertrap has been helping photographers control DSLR cameras with its smartphone application. Now, the UK-based team has developed a tool specialized for high-speed photography.

The Triggertrap Flash Adapter activates any hotshoe- equipped flash from an iPhone using a specialized mobile dongleflash adapter and iOS app. The idea with the special Triggertrap Flash Adapter is that if you are trying to catch a bullet mid-flight, it is very difficult to do so if the flash is connected to your camera.

To use the Triggertrap Flash Adapter, you start by opening up the camera's shutter to a long exposure. Next, you use the sound-activated Triggertrap app for iOS to activate your flash, allowing a big noise, say the pop of a balloon full of red-colored liquid, to trigger the flash milliseconds after the sound occurs, illuminating your high-speed subject at just the right moment. If conditions are ideal, you can freeze the action.

Triggertrap is working on updating its Android app to accommodate the Triggertrap Flash Adapter. In the meantime, iOS users can get the whole kit for around $55.

Comments

Total comments: 24
kgeigerjr

I've tried this with a flash adapter using my s3 and their dongle and it is way to slow to capture like they are doing. I used regular air filled balloons and water balloons like they suggested. I've tried it hooked to the camera and hooked to the flash. I asked them for help and they asked if I tried a water balloon, at the time I had not. After that I tried the water balloon and it still didn't work correctly, I sent another email and haven't heard back and it's been 2 months. Not real happy with my purchase.

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Tim F 101

Are we still waiting for an app that lets you sync an iphone with an external flash? That seems like it would have a much wider appeal than exploding apple high-speed pics.

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ianp5a

Nice device. Tedious and badly planned and executed video.

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daMatrix

Why using a phone as trigger device? All you need is flash to blast at certain sound or movement detection...That hardware exist.

Any additional computing to trigger the flash will slow the proces. Yes computing slows the proces. And it shows in the photo; The ball hovers above the ground on way back instead of being flat on the floor.

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thx1138

What's an iPhone and iOS?

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LensBeginner

don't know, it must be aTypo ;-)

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Camediadude

Did anyone else here click on the thumbnail thinking it was going to be a monkey's-

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Matei H

Hi so you need the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (no connection cable) $25.17 and the flash adapter +
app for this?

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SharQ

Hi there! I'm Haje, the CEO over at Triggertrap

Yes, to use this you need a Triggertrap Mobile Dongle and a Triggertrap Flash Adapter, and a Triggertrap Mobile App for iOS or Android.

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fuego6

that has to be one of the worst demo videos I've seen for a product... what - no water splash setup photos? Who is going to use this for dropping tennis balls?

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Kim Letkeman

For time lapse alone, this device looks terrific. I've ordered both parts (mobile and flash) for my Panasonic bodies and am looking forward to playing around with it. I have not quite been able to figure out whether lightning can trigger the camera using the mobile version ...

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SharQ

Hi Kim! I'm Haje, the CEO at Triggertrap.

We don't have a lightning trigger on the Triggertrap Mobile App yet... But we are experimenting with various ways of making this work in the labs, and we're working on a major overhaul of both our iOS and Android apps - so for now, all I can say is to keep an eye on our blog or newsletter!

Rock on,

~Haje

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Kim Letkeman

Thanks Haje ... I do hope you come up with something. The Triggertrap is pretty cool, though.

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Breandan Dezendorf

How fast is the DSLR if you turn off E-TTL and set the flash to run in manual mode? (While on the DSLR, that is)

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SharQ

Hi Breandan,

That's exactly how it's done in these demos :)

~ Haje
CEO, Triggertrap

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Breandan Dezendorf

Around 1:53 in the video, I saw what looked like the signature double-flash of a TTL metering flash followed by a flash to illuminate the scene. Then, at 1:59 in the video, it says (in the text on the still image) "Automatic flash exposure (E-TTL)".

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dennismullen

What if you get a phone call in the middle of this?

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SharQ

Hey! I'm Haje, the CEO over at Triggertrap (and the poorly-balanced doofus in that video) -- We usually recommend that people turn their phones to airplane mode, as a phonecall would interfere with triggering.

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dennismullen

I have your program and dongle etc, Do you have a suggestion on how to mount the iPhone to the camera hotshoe?

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Kim Letkeman

Literally a bazillion options to stack any 1/4" device onto a hot shoe ... here is a 6 dollar example ... http://www.dinodirect.com/tripod-screw-shoe-adapter-emoblitz.html?vn=RGlub2RpcmVjdEZ1Y2s&affid=4299&cur=CAD&source=sem&gclid=CIC929rIh7gCFZOk4AodvGsAgQ

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RL Photography

If only iPhones took a 1/4" screw...

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X Faktor Photo

All iPhones have tripod mounts...if you drill out a 1/4" hole. Seriously, why in the world are we still submitting to the iPhone first? The all-powerful Android does exist, and rocks, you know. But then again, iPhones are for idiots and frontloaders and I shouldn't throw my Android pearls to the swines.

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dennismullen

I found this to go with the 1/4 inch to hot shoe adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BOSOEG/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item
Cheers,

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a lucky shot

Use the TT with my iPhone and really like it, but the real tool for doing this stuff is at; www.cameraaxe.com.
Highly programmable with lots of accessories, very helpful user community too, totally open source.

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