I can’t remember where I first read about the Triggertrap Mobile but I did know as soon as I saw it that I had to have one. Why, you ask? Because, for the money, it is the most versatile and easy to use triggering devices for creating all sorts of timelapse images, long exposures with 12 different triggering modes that are all controlled from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
The device itself consists of a dongle that attaches to your iDevice. Then you attach a camera specific cable to you dongle and your camera. The Triggertrap is compatible with more than 270 cameras. I purchased the CL-DC2 connector for use with my D7000. The connector and dongle were both $9.99. Of course now that I have my D800 I will buy the CL-DC0 so that I can attach the dongle to the 10-pin port on the fron of the camera. That’s one of the nice things about the system is that you can buy different connector cables for all your cameras and use the same dongle.
To use the trigger, you will also need to download the Triggertrap Mobile app. which will cost $9.99 in from iTunes. One you download the app and hook the iDevice to the camera via dongle and connector, you can choose one of the 12 different modes depending on the result you are after. There’s a simple Cable Release that let’s you fire your camera or set it to stay tripped for a pre-determined length of time (up to 60 minutes).
Other modes include Bang, which uses sound to trip the camera.
Timelapse – for taking a photo every few seconds or minutes.
Eased Timelapse – This works like timelapse but with a neat twist. It actually speeds up near the beginning or end of the sequence to make your movie slow down near the end or from the beginning.
Distance-lapse – This is actually really cool. It uses the GPS in your iPhone to trip the camera at certain intervals, like every 100 meters. What this means is that you can create a smooth timelapse video of a journey because the camera will be taking pictures at specific distance intervals, not time, so things like traffic and stop lights won’t have any affect on the sequence.
Other modes include Seismic, Peekaboo, Star Trail, HDR, HDR Timelapse, Tesla (magnets and metals), and Motion detection. As you can see, it is amazingly versatile and extremely easy to use. If you have been looking for a great device for creating timelapse, HDRs, or even star trail photos, you can not go wrong with this slick device. I’m really looking forward to testing al the different modes and adding some creative twists to my next timelapse project.