Triggertrap has released a new dongle which lets you fire real camera flashes using your iPhone. This brings you into the realm of high-speed photography — the kind where people shoot bullets through balloons of water and capture the image.
Previously, Triggertrap was a remote that would let you fire your camera using your iPhone via various triggers (it was great for time-lapses or sound triggers, for example). The new gadget, called the Triggertrap Flash Adapter (apparently it took them weeks to come up with that name), will fire the flash direct. Why?
The video shows a demo of the difference between firing a camera with a Triggertrap and firing the flash direct. If you trigger the camera, then it has to send the signals through its own circuitry to open its shutter and fire the flash itself.
If you lock the shutter open and instead trigger the flash direct, then the delay is cut down to single-digit milliseconds, which brings you into the realm of high-end triggers.
The Flash Adapter itself is a cube with two hotshoe adapters and a hole for a jack so you can connect it to the Triggertrap itself and from there to your iPhone. The two shoes are there so you can pair two flashes on low power instead of using one to deliver a full pop. Lower powered flashes are shorter, so you can get even higher-sped captures.
This is pretty cool, if rather specialized. But you know what would be really cool? If you could do all this but take the pictures with the iPhone itself. I wouldn’t care so much about the high-speed aspect, but I would like to be able to use my strobes with my iPhone. €23, or $30.