I seriously doubt the British staff, owners and designers at Triggertrap had firearm photography in mind when they rolled out the Triggertrap App and Mobile Kit. Regardless, the news of triggertrap closing is a serious blow to amateur and pro rangeside photographers alike.
The smartphone App is free and still is. The “dongle,” or wiring to hook it up to the headphone jack on your electronic leash, was somewhere around $40. The software, available in both iOS and Android, was updated regularly. It was a deal and a wonder more firearm enthusiasts didn’t buy.
No range safety officer will let you go beyond the firing line to take picture when the range is hot. In fact, it’s not uncommon that they forbid you from pushing close to that barrier when someone is shooting.
It’s a safety thing, and rightfully so. The only way to get it done is to place, pre-focus and operate the camera from behind the firing line.
That’s where Triggertrap Mobile shined. Sure there are cameras that have the internal mechanisms to operate remotely, but do you really want your shiny new and expensive primary to become a victim of splatter or an errant bullet? Heck no.
Tripod mount your backup when the range is cold, set the controls, connect via wifi using Triggertrap and head behind the firing line to hit the remote shutter release between coffees.
Both sides of the system need to be logged onto a wifi network, which is rare at ranges. So you could use the sound trigger, vibration or mode sensor, time lapse mode or other features to get the job done.
Triggertrap closing also means they won’t be helping me capture bullets in flight anytime soon, something an improved version of its flash system may have been able to accomplish in the future.
Ironically, it was the pursuit of quality, yet inexpensive, high-speed photography that proved the company’s undoing. Here’s the CEO/Founder’s note that explains exactly what happened. The Ada system would have been a game changer for those of us who don’t have a caviar-friendly budget.
What’s Available After Triggertrap Closing?
The CEO’s note mentions half-off pricing until the doors close, but good luck finding a “dongle” to fit your camera. I tried for my Canon 5D Mk II and Mk I backup. If you find one you can use at that price, buy it.
The software is still available, and if you’re like me, content to run it on a retired smartphone. That’s a viable—albeit temporary—workaround to prevent the latest operating system update from frying the App, because support was suspended as of this morning. I’m happier with an old phone downrange, anyway.
The staff maintained its sense of humor throughout the ordeal. In fact, I found their British humor refreshing since the day I discovered and purchased my Triggertrap Mobile.
The company never gained celebrity status among shutterbugs, but the news of Triggertrap closing is sad to me and a lot of other people who religiously uploaded to their Flickr page.