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DIY Lighting Trigger Snaps Photos When Light Changes

Capturing beautiful shots of lightening in action is challenging. This DIY trigger uses the lighting itself as a photo trigger ensuring you’ll never miss your shot.

Viktor, a photo hobbyist and electronics tinker wanted a fool proof way to capture lightening photographs. By linking a microprocessor to a photo-electric cell and wiring it all to his camera via a spliced shutter release cable, he was able to turn the flash of lightening into an external trigger for the camera. It’s an ambitious DIY project if you’re new to electronics tinkering, but the results are impressive. In the video above he demonstrates powering up the device, calibrating it to the available light, readying it for use, simulating lightening using a manual camera flash, and the resulting photo snapped after the flash goes off. Hit up the link below for more information, you can follow his instructions and dig up your own parts or order a kit from him for a slightly easier project.

Lightening Camera Trigger [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/29/11

Comments (1)

  1. shawn morrissey

    Nice tip, but there’s no “e” in lightning…..

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