Tric for iPhone: New Device Will Allow You to Use Speedlights with Your Smartphone

Jun 9, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Jun 9, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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The iPhone wow-ed us all when it first came on the scene in 2007, and over the years we have seen how photographers, both amateur and professional, have used it to create some pretty stunning images. Even as far back as 2010 the guy at FStoppers amazed us with their iPhone fashion shoot using a 3gs. But, there has always been the limitation of not being able to pair off-camera strobe lighting with the little device.

Those days are over, thanks to Tric, a new wireless flash trigger for the iPhone system.

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As detailed on their Kickstarter page, there are a few limitations to the little device, such as a maximum sync speed of 1/30 and no TTL compatibility at this time. (Oh, and it’s only for conformist iPhone fanboys, at this time…sorry, Android.) But, for those looking to take your iPhone photography to the “next level,” you can reserve your Tric for a $60 pledge to the project.

The iPhone camera, especially on recent models, is pretty impressive, and while I don’t foresee myself rushing out to buy one anytime soon, I can’t help but be a little jealous of those who have one in their pockets. That being said, I do find the promotional video to be rather humorous as it keeps referencing “professional photographers” throughout and depicts an avid shutterbug shooting in a studio and following a couple all over the city with external lighting gear and his smartphone.

As for the results, I’m really not that impressed and they seem mediocre, at best. You still have no control over depth of field, and the max sync speed doesn’t provide much creative flexibility, either. But, perhaps this will be the revolution that takes over the photography industry. I kinda doubt it, but stranger things have happened (anyone remember Taylor Hicks?)…

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[via Digital Photography Review | Images via video screen capture]

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9 responses to “Tric for iPhone: New Device Will Allow You to Use Speedlights with Your Smartphone”

  1. Schultz™ن Avatar
    Schultz™ن

    1/30 max sync speed??? Have fun with that

  2. imthedude Avatar
    imthedude

    1/30th… No way I’d get into that kickstarter until I see some good results with the product. Sounds cool though.

  3. David Doyle Avatar
    David Doyle

    NO THANKS..!!

  4. Danny Max Avatar
    Danny Max

    why would anyone want too ?

  5. Vincent Palma Avatar
    Vincent Palma

    wtfP
    ?
    Still looks like daylight. Wish they used hss for this

  6. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    The primary reason people use phones for photos is because they have them handy. If they are carrying around lights, etc. and know why they would even want to do so, the odds are that they have a far better camera available and would use the better camera. Now I’m quite sure there will be lots of people doing this to try to prove a point that is pointless but in reality there isn’t a phone that provides the quality and control of fully manual cameras with adjustable apertures and faster sync. speeds.

  7. Ryan Poorman Avatar
    Ryan Poorman

    If you have a speedlight then you also have a DSLR! Why would you ever want to use this? It’s just another worthless Kickstarter that I will never support.

  8. Scott Stevenson Avatar
    Scott Stevenson

    Bluetooth or WiFi would be better appreciated in speedlights… Then you’d just need an app and not an over priced dongle… Convenience is lost with this product, no matter how well intentioned…

  9. fookoffdisqus Avatar
    fookoffdisqus

    hahah perfect for the Apple fanboys, they’ll lap it up.