TriggerTrap Strobe Adapter – High Speed Photography With Your Phone
With TriggerTrap, ioShutter and TriggerHappy making camera triggering via iPhone very accessible, I always thought it was quite a shame that all that iPhone (or android) power of triggering cameras was not used in high speed photography.
There are a few pretty good other solutions out there (cameraAxe being my fav), but they are all separated biggish boxes.
So TriggerTrap (whom I love for being an open community) came up with a flash adapter. It works with the same cycle as any high speed shoot: open shutter in dark room, trigger flash, close shutter. I have not had any hands on with the adapter, but it seems very similar to other hotshoe adapters with the difference that they have a cable that goes into the TT dongle, so they should be pretty compatible.
As a side benefit, they made the TT app 12 times faster to have the fast event-to-triggering loop for high-speed photography. Now you can use the sound triggering option that is usually used for balloon pops or water-drop photography with a strobe.
This is a huge step forward in terms of making high speed photography accessible. I would like to see the good folks from TriggerTrap add two features to take it to the next level:
- Add a pc-sync port to the package
- Make it possible to go through the entire open shutter -> trigger strobe -> close shutter sequence right from the smartphone, eliminating any need to touch the camera. Maybe even shut the lights off.
Lastly, a word of caution, while you are probably ok with any modern strobe going through this, don’t use any ancient models where triggering voltage can be quite high and possibly nuke your phone. Stick with the newish strobes to be on the safe side.
Here is the introduction video for the strobe adapter:
And the official announcement here.
[TriggerTrap flash adapter | ~$30 on the TriggerTrap Store]
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.