8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger


If you are a photographer, you probably heard that the camera doesn’t take a good picture, the person behind the camera does. It’s true because with right knowledge and practice you can take great photos with an entry level camera or even a mobile camera. But if you don’t have an idea about lighting, composition or the features of your camera, the world’s most advanced camera can’t take good photos for you.

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

But when it comes to some special equipment, this phrase sometimes doesn’t apply. One piece of such equipment is called the MIOPS Smart Camera Trigger. This high-speed photography trigger can take photos at a precise moment which just impossible doing your own.

The trigger has various modes like lightning, sound, laser, time-lapse, scenario and DIY that can help you to take some outstanding images which you may have seen only on the internet previously. It can trigger your camera or fire the flashes and you can control everything using your smartphone.

So, let’s see what we can do using this wonderful high-speed trigger.

1. Popping Balloons

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

When you burst a water-filled balloon, the water inside the balloon makes a shape similar to the balloon for a few moments before it falls on the ground. It happens so fast that you can’t see it happening live but you can capture it using your camera.

The MIOPS Smart Trigger has a sound mode for this kind of photography. As soon as you pop the balloon, it will trigger your camera or flash. You can change the sensitivity so it doesn’t trigger with other sounds and it also gives you the option to set a delay time for triggering so that it clicks at the exact moment you want.

The sound mode can be used to photograph bursting balloons in different ways. For example, you can place sunglasses or a hat on a water-filled balloon, burst it, and capture the shape of the water wearing a hat and glasses. Or you can burst a balloon with an arrow or a dart, fill the balloons with different colored water, and take different shots and merge the images into one. The possibilities are endless.

2. Lightning

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

Lightning is the most beautiful natural phenomena. But it’s extremely difficult to photograph because you have no idea of when and where it will strike and chances of missing the moment are very high.

MIOPS Smart Trigger has a lightning mode for this scenario. All you need to do is set your camera on a tripod, attach this trigger, start lightning mode and leave your camera. When lightning strikes, it will trigger the camera automatically and capture that beautiful moment.

3. Paint Sculptures

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

You can create amazing paint sculptures and satisfy for your artistic soul with the help of this sound trigger. Do do this, you need to put a rubber sheet on a speaker, put some watercolors on it and play sound. The sound will generate vibrations on the rubber sheet and because of that paint will jump up and make different shapes.

With the help of sound mode of the MIOPS Smart Trigger, you can focus on creating different sculptures by experimenting with quantity, density, and placement of colors. Thus you leave the tough job of clicking at the perfect moment to the MIOPS.

4. Dancing Colors

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

It’s just like paint sculptures, but you can use dry colors instead of watercolors and create totally different results.

5. Water Droplet Refraction

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

Imagine capturing our Earth or even the entire universe inside a drop of water. Yes, it is possible.

MIOPS Smart Trigger has a laser mode that can help you to take such pictures in the easiest way. All you need to do is create a setup to release water drops and place a picture in the background that you want to capture inside the drop. When the drop comes in front of the camera and breaks the laser beam, the camera will capture it automatically.

6. Water Galaxy

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

When you spin a water-soaked ball, the water comes out from the ball and creates a beautiful galaxy shape which looks amazing.

You can capture this moment by using the laser mode of MIOPS Smart once again. When the ball comes between the trigger and the laser, the camera will shoot automatically.

7. Collision in Mid-air

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

Imagine a scenario where two glasses filled with colored water or paint collide in mid-air and create a beautiful splash. MIOPS Smart Trigger’s sound mode helps you to take such pictures, as seen above.

8. Action Sports Photography

8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a High-Speed Camera Trigger

You can capture high-speed action sports like a cyclist in mid-air or someone jumping on a skateboard with the help of the laser mode of this trigger. It’s very useful when you are performing the action yourself and shooting it too. Just set the MIOPS Smart Trigger to laser mode and start doing actions and leave the rest to the MIOPS.


You can also photograph birds or insects using laser mode. Just set the laser near the bird feeder and when a bird will come for feeding, the camera will capture it. Also, you can shoot fireworks with the lightning mode. The possibilities are endless, you just need to use your imagination.

In addition to this, MIOPS Smart also works as intervalometer in time-lapse mode and clicks images on a set interval to convert to time-lapse videos. Using HDR mode you can capture bracketed images and merge them into HDR. You can check the MIOPS Smart User Manual to learn more about the MIOPS Smart Trigger.

Disclaimer: MIOPS is a paid partner of dPS.

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Ramakant Sharda is an iOS App publisher, author, and a passionate photographer based in the beautiful “Pink City” of India, known as Jaipur. His work has been published in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs. He writes about photography and also teaches photography in his workshops. Check out some of the masterpieces at ClickManic.com or download his free app for iPhone and iPad 30 Days to Become a Better Photographer.

  • Jon Lockwood

    When can we try and win one of these lol?

  • miker33

    I wish the “Disclaimer: MIOPS is a paid partner of dPS” appeared at the front of this “article” instead of at the end. That way I’d know up front I was reading something more appropriate for MIOPS’s website and not the impartial articles I generally come to DPS for.

  • pete guaron

    I am having a sudden attack of GAS – I need a PIOPS Smart Trigger!

  • pete guaron

    I was going to let this pass, but reflecting on it overnight I’ve changed my mind.
    Miker, it’s your right to have whatever opinions you want. The issue is then whether or not it’s appropriate to express them – and how.
    “Disclaimers” or “disclosure statements” like this are ALWAYS at the end of the article. If they are of concern to you, start at the end – you know where they are found.
    But you should be aware that the author this article has taken time out from his work to share knowledge, experience and information with a nameless and faceless group of other photographers, many (most?) of whom come to groups like this for the precise purpose of accessing such knowledge. Knowledge that would otherwise be beyond their reach.
    I suggest that Ramakant Sharda has acted in perfect good faith – in the same way countless others do, who author and contribute articles on photography to groups across the web. And that your remark was not appropriate.

  • miker33

    “always”? No, no they’re not. Responsible journalism puts this up front. Scroll through nbcnews.com; you can easily see sponsored articles highlighted in green before you click on them. DPS does that too in their newsletters; sponsored content is very visibly identified as such.
    Other DPS articles about specific products or vendor lines name them in the headline, and that’s OK too. If this article were titled “8 Amazing Photography Tricks You Can Do With a MIOPS High-Speed Camera Trigger”, that’d be fine. But it’s not, and that’s misleading.

  • Alvie Morris

    I agree. When I saw “high speed trigger”, I thought maybe it was a technique or possibly a camera feature that I hadn’t heard of before. Had I known this was an advertisement in disguise, I would have passed. And you’re right, it should’ve said “sponsored” somewhere in the beginning, and also in the original link I had clicked on.
    Honestly, I think it’s time to unsubscribe. I’ve largely outgrown most of the articles in DPS anyway.

  • Guys – yes this was sponsored by MIOPS and are things you can do with their trigger. BUT you can take the information and use it with any other similar such product. So the information is still valid for those interested in doing this kind of photography.

    Ramakant has also written other non-sponsored articles for us. https://digital-photography-school.com/author/ramakant-sharda/

  • Alvie Morris

    Yes, it is a nifty little gadget, but that doesn’t change the fact that this IS an advertisement, so my comment is still valid.

  • Travel_bug

    Many years ago (40 years ago) I built a flash trigger that did some of these neat things from an article in an electronics magazine. I lost it years ago and have not seen one of these more technically advanced devices since. For me, the information was very interesting and tempting for me to look into purchasing one. I get the point about ‘disguised advertising’ and agree but really I think the photographic community, generally, is forgiving enough to be not too bothered by this minor transgression (put your hand up if you have never erred) – we read articles and learn from them or we re-learn from them or we discount and dismiss that which is not useful to us personally. Everyone is at a different experience level and for me, I was glad to get the information – even if it was or was not an ad in this instance. Thanks Ramakant.

  • pete guaron

    Two people have one opinion. Many others have a different one. There’s no such thing as a “correct” opinion. Frankly, all these comments about disclaimers or disclosure are “off topic”. This is a photography school, where photographers of all levels of experience and expertise come to learn about photography. Your comments ignore the time and effort spent by the contributor in sharing his knowledge and expertise, for the benefit of people he’s never met & never likely to. If you have a genuine concern about the issue you raise, the appropriate course was to raise it with Digital Photography School direct – not in comments on the article – with a view to ensuring that a standard was set that applies to all contributors. Without seeking to be unpleasant to other parties or disturb the enjoyment of other readers.
    FYI – in the past 48 hours I have received two other postings from a highly regarded professional photographer, and his disclaimer is ALSO included at the end of both articles. There IS no “right” or “wrong” way – even if there is a “more preferre” and a “less preferred” one.

  • Which we have disclosed.

    @alviemorris:disqus Please tell me (and understand I’m the dPS Managing Editor so this isn’t just a random person asking – I can actually do something with this information) if you feel you’ve “outgrown” our articles, what types of topics are you looking for?

    We’re always open to topic ideas and our writers would love some input from readers like yourself. What topics would help you?

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