I recently was given the chance to start using the Triggertrap Mobile to do some time-lapse photography and I have to say. This is the future of time-lapse. We all know how a time-lapse has been done traditionally. An intervalometer was hooked up to our cameras and set to fire off photos at a given interval for a set period of time. And for years that has worked great, and when something works great we often get comfortable with it, we get maybe too comfortable and stop thinking outside the box if you will.
But lucky for us the people at Triggertrap decided to take a step out of the box when thinking about shooting time-lapse sequences.
Upon first inspection the Triggertrap Mobile dongle appears to be nothing more than just that, a little black box or dongle and a cable (designed for your particular camera’s trigger release port) that connects to the dongle. No buttons or dials, no lcd screen or any visible means of control, and when I show people who have never seen the product before their typical reaction is, “uh, how do you control that thing?” And this is where I blow their minds. I pull out my iPhone or iPad or my son’s Nexus 7 tablet and launch the Triggertrap Mobile app.
Welcome to a new level of time-lapse control.
The Triggertrap Mobile app is loaded with cool ways in which you can trigger your camera’s shutter. The typical intervalometer feature of taking X number of photos over X amount of time is there of course, but even that most basic function has been given cool new twists. For instance, you can select a time-lapse option they call “Time Warp” in which the time lapse gets progressively faster or slower by allowing control over the interval between shutter actuations. So imagine starting off with shots firing every 3-4 minutes, then as time passes they increase in frequency to the end. Or maybe the reverse? Or how about ramping up the slowing back down? Think of the possibilities with this! How about a time-lapse based not on time but on distance? Using your devices built in gps you can do what Triggertrap calls a “Distance Lapse”. Set the Triggertrap up to shoot a photo from one every 7 meters to one every 1.5 km!!! Perfect for that cross country roadtrip isn’t it?
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQaNaFgUeYU]There are other option here too, one that are not necessarily interval shooting features but ones that are definitely fun and interesting. Some of those are the ability to trigger your camera with sound, with motion detection from your mobile devices camera, or vibration, and even facial recognition!
I am leaving several other modes of operation out in the interest of keeping this review short, and so I can go out and test the Wi-Fi slave mode on my Triggertrap! Haha.
This is the part of the review where I dish out the negatives. If I weren’t doing that then it wouldn’t be a real review right? So the biggest complaint I have is something really minor and actually maybe it’s something only I would complain about. I wish they would offer a pouch of some kind in which you could store your Triggertrap when not in use. But the pouch would have another purpose too. The puch should have a velcro strap that can be used to secure it to your tripod. I would like it to be big enough to house the smartphone I am using to run the Triggertrap dongle too. They could brand the pouch to make it a little less boring. Right now when I am using the Triggertrap I am doing any number of things to secure my iPhone while the time-lapse is being created. For instance, on my OM-D I flip out the articulated screen and tuck my phone in behind it as shown in the photo above. So maybe this isn’t a complaint or a gripe as a wish list for the next kit they produce.
I hope you found this review helpful and informative and as always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them below and I will try and respond as quickly as I can.