DIY Lighting Trigger Snaps Photos When Light Changes

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 29th, 2011

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/29/11
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