TriggerTrap: Long Term Review

G.A.S. or gear acquisition syndrome is something that I am plagued by. My justification is that I enjoy the learning process of becoming familiar with a new camera or lens. More importantly will the new piece of gear allow me to make a photograph that I would otherwise be incapable of creating? Regardless of what system I am shooting with, TriggerTrap has become an essential part of my workflow. The mobile dongle and associated app paired with my iPhone (also works with Android) expands the capabilities of my camera systems. Additional connection cables can be purchased separately for each system you are using. Spoiler alert: this review is extremely positive, and if you spend any time on a tripod I suggest ordering a TriggerTrap.

Long exposure photography has always been one of my favorite genres to explore, and lately I have been integrating TriggerTrap into my workflow to create multi-minute exposures. Why would I need to create such long exposures you ask? Long exposures, especially really long exposures, eliminate people in landscapes and show the movement in the clouds. Often when creating these images I am using a 10-stop ND filter and/or stacking filters. While the math is not exactly challenging, the apps ND calculator allows me to quickly determine the necessary shutter speed so I can spend my time worrying about my composition.

Creating HDR images is another photographic exercise that TriggerTrap simplifies. While I have used TriggerTrap with a variety of camera systems, the Fuji X-E2  (firmware version 3) has the most limiting options for HDR and therefore I will use it as my example. The X-E2 will only allow for a maximum of 1 stop exposure bracketing over 3 exposures, and often times this is not enough. The dynamic range of the sensor allows for similar results to be pulled out of a single, well-exposed RAW file. Also, if the exposures exceed 30 seconds, the camera will not go for longer in bracketing mode. So say your middle exposure is 30 seconds and your are set for one stop bracketing, your low file will be 15 seconds, middle will be 30, and high should be 1 minute however you will end up with (15, 30, 30). With TriggerTrap all you do is set you camera to Bulb mode, pick your middle exposure, pick number of shots from 3 to 19, and EV step from 1/3 to 2 hit the red button and wait for your files. This level of flexibility ensures that you are able to get the files that you need, again without the hassle of doing the calculations yourself.

The sound sensor feature combined with the flash adapter and a speedlight allows for the creation of some exciting high-speed photographs. The best part of using TriggerTrap is once you have your composition and settings down, your capture rate will be extraordinarily high. Compared to firing bursts and hoping you get the shot, while worrying about buffer size, culling hundreds of empty frames, flash recycle times, wasted material, and extra cleanup, TriggerTrap offers a much more elegant solution for your high-speed needs.

I also use TriggerTrap to create time lapses on occasion. While this is a feature I have only used a handful of times as I mainly shoot still images, I found it easy to use to capture the files I needed  to create some vacation time lapses.

TriggerTrap is one of those products that helps you to turn your creative vision into a reality, and has allowed me to expand the way I approach creating my images. I have only touched upon the functions of TriggerTrap, the ones I use personally, but there several more that may fulfill your photographic needs.

Suggested add-ons: A cold shoe phone holder and a USB battery charger (for your phone)