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Understanding Camera Modes for High-speed Photography Triggering

Understanding Camera Modes for High-speed Photography Triggering

Are you thinking of diving into the world of high-speed photography soon, are you already exploring the amazing possibilities of what this type of photography method has to offer? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, trying to capture and freeze motion can be an exciting and limitless journey, something that will never fail to surprise you with every click of the shutter.

In your efforts to perfect your high-speed photography skills, you’ve probably encountered some terms and even interesting devices that make capturing seemingly impossible subjects accurate and efficient. For instance, while browsing the web or reading forums, have you learned something about high-speed photography triggers?

What is a high-speed photography trigger?

What is a high-speed photography trigger?


In definition, a high-speed photography trigger is a camera trigger equipment that is attached wired or wirelessly to your camera. Some triggers can also be connected to an external flash unit. Some more powerful camera trigger can even accommodate external sensors needed for a particular photography session.

Basically, a high-speed photography trigger enables the camera user to activate the shutter button without worrying blurry images or even missed shots. While there are regular camera triggers out there, it’s best to go for a smart camera trigger if you want to use more advanced yet user-friendly features.

The technology that powers a high-speed smart camera trigger gives regular cameras the ability to freeze objects in motion, no matter how fast or elusive they are, thanks to a set of features and functions that make impossible shots possible: sensors activated by setting specific camera trigger modes.

Here are some of the most important camera modes for high-speed photography triggering:

1. Timelapse Mode

With a Timelapse Mode in your high-speed camera trigger device, taking sequential images of a scenic view can be a piece a cake. What’s more is, a trigger unit will enable you to capture these images at the right timing, and accurately within a specific time frame.

This mode can be further customized if you have a smart camera trigger unit, in which you can freely adjust the settings in more specific details like the level of exposure and even the number of frames per second.

Related article: How to Start with Time Lapse Photography?

2. HDR Mode

HDR or High Dynamic Range images easily stand out from the rest because of its mesmerizing details. A perfect HDR shot usually have 100% of these two factors: quality and precision. A regular digital SLR may have a built-in HDR Mode, but having a trigger unit can be helpful in breaking the boundaries of your camera’s often limited freedom for adjustments and further customization.
The HDR Mode of a smart camera trigger gives users the flexibility to set up their camera to target a specified center exposure. Moreover, high-speed camera triggers are intuitive and versatile in that it provides an option to automatically adjust the step-up/down numbers while capturing the shot.



Take impossible photos by turning your camera into a high-speed capture device!


3. Sound Mode

Shooting an object inside a controlled environment, for instance, a studio can give photographers the power to achieve even the most impossible shots – that is, if they have the right equipment.

However, the more important question to ask first is, how much do you have to spend to create a studio setting perfect for challenging scenarios like a bullet shooting through an apple, a bursting water balloon, or a glass breaking? Can a regular camera and a low-budget set up capture extremely fast events?

With a camera trigger capable of Sound Mode, the answer is a big YES. Sound, even in a dark environment, will be your best friend. Aside from automatically triggering your camera’s shutter, it can be connected to an external flash unit and burst according to the timing that you set. The same mode setting usually comes with a Delay feature to give you the most accurate and well-timed shot possible.

Related article: How to Create Beautiful Color Sculptures Using the Sound

What is a high-speed photography trigger?

4. Lightning Mode

Perhaps when you were just new to photography, you might have wondered how amazing it would feel if you could just capture this majestic yet elusive lightning burst. You know very well that with just a regular camera, your shaky grip and your slow reflexes, taking the perfect photo of a high-speed event like a lightning is next to impossible.

What if you found out that you can easily turn your regular camera into a high-speed camera gear capable of capturing not just one but unlimited perfect lightning photos? With a camera trigger that has a Lightning Mode feature, anything is possible.

Lightning Mode uses light as a stimulus to trigger the shutter button to do its work. Plus, you get to adjust the sensitivity of the trigger’s light sensor for a more detailed image.

Related article: How to Take the Extraordinary Lightning Photos


5. Laser Mode

Detecting movement and motion in a specified direction is one of the expertise of the Laser Mode. In fact, it’s one of the most important modes in high-speed photography especially if you’re talking about fluid and often unpredictable objects like water drops and water splashes. See how MIOPS Splash Waterdropkit captures amazing water drop photography.



Controls every drop and your equipment with a great precision.


How does it work? Under this mode, a laser beam is activated towards the direction of the object that you want to capture. Events like a water drop or a water splash often happen in a second or less, but once the object breaks the beam, your camera will automatically capture that image. A delay feature is added to this mode in which you can easily adjust the timing based on what output you want to achieve.

Related article: Water Splash Photography with MIOPS Laser Trigger Mode

6. Multiple Modes

This mode separates regular high-speed camera triggers from a smart camera trigger. Imagine having the power to combine several modes at once? You’ll be unstoppable.

In other words, a smart camera trigger has several modes that can easily be used separately. However, if the situation and the subject deem to be more challenging, you can combine and utilize the advantages that these modes offer in order to capture even the most intimidating images.


A high-speed photography triggering device is a single but powerful unit that can help you shoot once-in-a-lifetime shots, whether for indoor or outdoor photography. Investing and acquiring this equipment should not be a question of why but of when – when will you finally enjoy the advantages that this unit has to offer? How long will you wait until you finally realize that you’re missing the best photo opportunities out there just because you don’t have the right camera equipment?
So when will you finally make the long-overdue decision to welcome this smart unit into your camera bag? The good news is, it’s not yet too late to get started.

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