Triggertrap Review

TTriggertrapriggertrap; this is a super handy and easy tool for your camera that not only makes a photographer’s life a lot easier, but also gives anyone that owns a DSLR the chance to create some professional looking pictures and time lapses!

It’s basically a very technical camera shutter remote, controlled by your phone.

It consists of a cable with a little block in the middle, one end goes in to your camera into the remote port, the other, in the headphone jack of your phone. So obviously you’re going to need to download the trigger trap app on your android or iOS phone for this to work!

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How it works is, when the app wants to tell the camera to take a picture, it makes a buzzing noise through the cable, you can actually hear this if you disconnect the AUX. The little block in the middle hears this, then tells the camera to take a picture. This is a great idea and there’s a lot you can do with this.

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The app has a crazy amount of different modes depending on what kind of picture or time-lapse you want to take.

Starting with the very basic options, there are various different cable release modes. Starting with the ‘simple cable release’, this one just opens the shutter to take a normal picture after pressing the red button. The ‘press and hold’ mode allows you to hold the shutter open for as long as you choose, by just pressing and holding the red button, as you’d probably have guessed.

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The ‘press and lock’, (similar to ‘press and hold’), this one makes it a little easier if you wish to hold the shutter open for longer periods of time. Simply press the red button once to open the shutter, then press again to close it.

‘Timed release'; this one lets you get a little bit more precise, just set the duration in which you would like to keep the shutter open for, then once the button is pressed, the shutter will stay open until the time has ran out.

Moving on to some of the fancier modes, starting with the ’time-lapse’ modes. As you could have probably guessed, these modes can take pictures over a period of time, perfect for sunsets, construction, tides and anything else you can think of!

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‘Timelapse’ mode, the simplest of them all, just sets the time interval for each shot, depending on what it is your doing a time-lapse for, then just press the button and let the magic happen.

‘Timewarp’; the simplest way to describe this is just a time-lapse with acceleration. Just set the total amount of pictures you want to take, then select the total time and finally adjust the curves to where you would like to accelerate and decelerate the speed of picture taking. To make this super simple, if the like was completely straight, this would neither accelerate or decelerate the picture taking speed, but by adjusting the curves to this (shown in video) it would start taking pictures slowly, then faster in the middle and then slow down again at the end.

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Then there’s ‘distance lapse’ mode, this takes multiple pictures over a certain distances you physically travel; simply select the distance in between each picture, then set the camera up and let it do the rest! This is perfect for road trips as the finished video will be at one constant speed, regardless of how much traffic you get caught in etc.

‘Star trail’, this allows extreme exposure control, to get the best night-time star time-lapse. First, select the total amount of pictures you want it to take, then the duration of which long you would like the keep the shutter open for and then finally the gap between each picture.

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‘Bramping’ this mode allows you to change the amount of light the shutter picks up over a course of time. So for example if you were to take a time-lapse of a sunrise, when it’s light, you would want the shutter to take in less light, whereas when it’s dark, you would want it to take in more light in order to keep the final time-lapse consistent. Otherwise the time lapse would start okay, but as it begins to get brighter the pictures will begin to come over exposed. To use this, first select the amount of pictures you would like the camera to take, then the interval between each picture, then the duration of the entire time-lapse, then most importantly, choose the exposure for both the start and finish of the time-lapse.

Moving on, ‘sound modes’, well there’s only one mode on here, ‘sound sensor’ this is a neat mode which allows you to activate your shutter, making a noise such as clapping or whistling. Pretty simple to use, just select the loudness, depending on what noise you’re going to be making, then adjust the sensitivity.

There are a few more complex modes which I won’t go into, however, there are a few more features that would be worthwhile to discuss.

There is a ‘WiFi Slave’ feature. To use this, you must have two phones. If you have the Triggertrap app on both devices, you connect both of them to the same WiFi, then you can use one of the phones as a wireless trigger whist the other one is attached to the camera!

There are also a few other small handy features such as ‘Solar Calculator’ which determines where the sun is going to be in the sky at particular times in the day. This will be very useful for sunsets and sunrises!

After using this for a few days, there is nothing negative I can say about it. I have become very fond of it.  It is definitely something that’s going to be in my camera bag and go anywhere my camera goes!

You can purchase the kit for your camera over at http://triggertrap.com/. Prices vary but you are looking at approximate £23.

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Comments

  1. Many DSLRs can be remote controlled when their USB port is set to PTP mode. If you have an android phone whose USB supports OTG, and have the adaptor, then you can control the camera with the phone. I know people do this with Nikon and Canon cameras.
    Here’s an example:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dslr.dashboard&hl=en_GB

    I assume Clove sell microUSB OTG adaptors?

    • Josh Bethell says:

      Absolutely Paul, got a Samsung one right here: http://www.clove.co.uk/usb-on-the-go-adaptor

      Triggertrap offers a very well designed app with a number of interesting and unique features, plus it also doesn’t rely on the phone having USB OTG.
      A number of the big name phones do have this (for instance pretty much every Sony for the last year or so), although you might be surprised by the number that don’t.
      The budget Moto E is very popular right now but don’t have USB OTG, neither do many of the low to mid range Samsungs or other manufacturers that a lot of people own.

      Overall we think the Triggertrap is a pretty cool bit of kit considering the price tag and it guarantees you compatibility for your chosen camera(s) across pretty much every smartphone going.
      If you’re an avid photographer then the cost is pretty low considering the amounts you might spend on the hobby.

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