Turn your smartphone into an even smarter remote release for your Nikon camera with a dongle kit
What the app does
The Triggertrap app offers a whole range of conventional, creative and quirky ways to fire your Nikon camera remotely. While the app itself is free, you’ll need to fork out around £30/$37 for the mobile dongle kit that’s required to connect your camera and your smart device. With this kit, one end plugs into the camera’s cable release port and the other goes into the headphone socket on your phone or tablet.
When to use it
While you can, of course, use Triggertrap to fire a tripod-mounted camera hands-free for sharper shots, it also enables you to take photos that would otherwise require more expensive kit to realise. For instance, using your phone’s array of sensors you can use sound, vibrations or motion to trigger your Nikon camera. Triggertrap is also useful for creating fun timelapse sequences, enabling you to set the camera to automatically record sequences of a host of subjects ranging from star trails to road trips.
How to use it
Triggertrap offers three main remote release settings: cable release, timelapse and sensor, each of which in turn is divided into a series of modes that suit certain situations or effects. The timelapse modes are where the gold is, and on top of the familiar intervalometer options you can set the camera to take an exposure each time a set distance is travelled, or speed up or slow down the timelapse for dramatic effect.
There are two different dongles available for Nikon – DC0 and DC2 – to fit different models
Quick Release mode triggers the camera when you take your finger off the red ‘button’
TimeWarp enables you to speed up or slow down the start and end of a timelapse
The sensitivity of the sound sensor can be adjusted using the inner red line here