Triggertrap Mobile : Adding Controls Your Camera Never Had

Every time you upgrade your camera to the latest model, new features are usually found in the menu: Facial Recognition, Panoramic, simple HDR, basic Time Lapse, etc..
But there things that may never be added.
Features that are dependent on things like motion and sound sensors. Things that you may have in your smartphone. Like an accelerometer.
Triggertrap has been working in this space for years now, ever since their very popular Kickstarter campaign, and their latest one for the new Ada camera trigger.
If you would like a robust, easy to use, remote control for your camera that is so much more than a plain shutter release, I’ve got to recommend the Triggertrap Mobile. And they take the basic extras in your feature set, and supersize them.

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Using a connection cable specific to your camera, a dongle that holds the magic, and another cable to connect to your smartphone, Android or iOS, you can use an free app, that does a ton and for a low cost. About $35.


What I like about this set-up is that the app/dongle just works.
Simple, written with a light touch, and no elaborate set-up:

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Download the App, plug in the cable to the camera and the other into your phone and you are done. Open the App, and shoot Away.
The best part is that there is control of the sensitivity for the triggers like, sound, motion, vibration (listed as triggering by vibrations and earthquakes!), Peekaboo (facial recognition which lets you chose how many faces it must see to trip the shutter), a variety of timelapse modes, including a ramping version so you can end or start your timelapse with a ramp.
And the control for this is all by using your touch screen.
It uses the advantages of your phone like GPS to give you pretty exacting sunrise, sunset times, PLUS First light/Last light times so you can actually get your rig ready, and have a better idea of your shooting schedule.
It helps you figure out Star Trail shots, even HDR Time Lapse series.
Of course it has the basics: Simple release for motion free long exposures, press and hold, timed release, press and hold, etc..

The main reason I like this product is the App. It is so clean and well laid out, and simple to use, you’ll be up and running seconds after you are set-up.
I’ve used many of these and will use many more, but right now this set-up is a perfect answer to controlled triggering of your camera.
Remember, they have cables that will work on about 300 cameras.
I used this on my own camera, and it worked in each app, no problem. The Star Trails have been a tough one to get, but only because I’m not going to stand on the roof in winter.
The only feature I’m not sure about is the ND calculator. Not sure that I’d ever use it, but handy when you are calculating long exposures.

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One other item I’d suggest getting is a thing called a Phonetrap.
It is a springloaded frame that holds your phone, while slipping into your camera’s hotshoe and tightening in, so it’s secure as you control the camera by the App.
Not essential, but I found it a perfect addition, especially when you do the facial recognition as the app uses the phones camera to see the faces.
The above shot shows someone shooting a “yellfie” as they scream to trigger the camera.

Pick it up for about $35 USD from the company direct. Not available at B&H at this time.
Go ahead, buy direct. They are a good team of folks dedicated to making the tools you need in image making, better.

What’s In The Bag? Daniel Milnor Shows How Digital and Analog Live In One Place

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” Peter Paul/1980

Analog or Digital? Seems like an easy question to answer.
If you’ve ever used film, you know the difference in the workflow. And the image.
It’s a different skill set that will probably be soon relegated to those few willing to put in the work.

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Today we met with Daniel Milnor: He’s a photographer, journalist, bookmaker and artist who travels the world spreading the word of Blurb: The premier company for self publishing. While gathering up crazy amounts of miles, he has figured out what works best for him in a gear bag.
More specifically, what kind of camera set-ups he needs to get the job done.

Traversing from DSLR, to Medium Format Film, Polaroid Instant, and Leica Rangefinder, there is a purpose for each.
He explains the reason for each
He depends on Tenba bags, with 1 roller and 2 backpacks making the trips with him.
Have a look at what works for him, and see if there is any familiarity with your kit.
Check out his latest site, Shifter, for a look into his work.

What’s In The Bag? Katy Winn, Fashion Week Photographer, Shares Gold

It’s been a few years since I’ve met with with Katy Winn, and she shared “What’s in Her Bag”.
It’s always a good lesson to see what a working photographer uses to get the job done. Not about endorsements, freebies, or the latest gear that gets written up.
It’s about what works. And works. and works.
It’s about dependable equipment that the assignment photographer can use to make a living. It may get beat up, pushed around, and scarred, but if it works, it’s in the bag.

In this edition , Katy Winn, who is known for her exceptional work during Fashion Week as well as other editorial assignments, reveals what she brings to the party.

It’s a little bit longer than usual, but the information is invaluable.
Katy’s style is indelibly hers, and you can have a look at her photographs right here.

Camera Firmware updates – The Upgrade Variety

It’s about time.
How can you extend the life of your digital camera, and not get stuck in the “computer with lens” upgrade costs? Many companies offer firmware upgrades that will fix problems, and give very minor new features. (Do many of you even do the upgrade?)
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Fuji released a 27 point firmware upgrade to the Fuji XT-1, in December, that almost gave you a new camera.
They must have listened to the users, or in a rush to market they had left out some things they wanted in, and were ready to add.
Whatever the reason, The list of improvements was substantial, adding things like SILENT mode, ( not just very quiet, but a true silent shutter), a 1/32,000 top shutter speed, addition of a Classic Chrome color option to the already robust group, plus 24 more. Fast note on the color option: for those of you who shot with film, Fuji film was the last great standard and they have emulated those color palettes in the camera. Only in JPEG now, but no doubt they will upgrade that.
The has been a rumor about Nikon taking a similar tact on their more recent models-D750, D810, D800, D800E, D610 and D600.
What company may be next? Sony has done some good upgrades to low-light functions, but let’s look at Fuji as the standard bearer right now.
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Dude! Where’s My Gear ?? Real World Reviews of Tracker Tags

You may to go to a shoot where you won’t have your camera bag with you at all times.
Trade shows, Weddings, Events. Or in my recent experience flying back from CES, having Jet Blue insist on checking your camera bag, although it was promised to be hand checked and meeting me at the gate on the other end.
Yes, still abit sore about the situation, but as every cloud has a silver lining, this was a perfect opportunity to test out 4 different tracking devices.
They are meant to let you know when you have left something behind like a bag, phone,keys or can’t find it in your house, like your wallet.
They are not meant to be the robust “Find My Phone” type operations.
Essentially, if you are 150 ft, from your property, the system either beeps or, in the case of a couple of these, will send you a notification on your phone.

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I tried the Trackr, The Tile, XY, and Duet. All about the size of a quarter, battery operated, only one, The Tile, can’t have the battery changed by the user.
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Slipping the 4 into the back pouch of the ThinkTank Photo Airport International, I was ready to go.
The results were not what I expected.
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