How to catch a Christmas present hunter - with photo evidence!


Searching for where your Christmas presents have been hidden just became a whole lot harder. Take a look behind the scenes of our camera trap-tastic Christmas promo.

As hapless boyfriend Mark finds out in Triggertrap’s new Christmas-themed promo video, trying to find out what’ll be under the tree for you this year is a whole lot harder when the love of your life has her hands on Triggertrap Mobile’s bag of tricks! Using her smartphone and Triggertrap’s super-simple motion, vibration, facial recognition and sound sensors, Kelly has no trouble catching her snooping other half red-handed.

Are you experiencing the same gift-snooping problems? Then look no further for a solution! Hilarious photo evidence is only a button press away with Triggertrap Mobile. Read on to find out how we created the camera traps in our new Christmas promo.

 Motion sensor*

The set up

  • Set the camera up in the location you wish to trap
  • Manually focus the camera on the spot you want to capture the motion in and ensure the exposure is set
  • Hook your camera up to your smartphone with your Triggertrap Mobile Kit
  • Open the Motion Sensor mode in the app
  • Set the sensitivity so that it triggers with the right amount of movement - too much sensitivity could result in premature triggering
  • Hit the red button, and as soon as there's enough motion, the camera will be triggered

Our top tips

  • If you've set the camera up somewhere dark, think about adding a light source such as a flash
  • Proximity can make a huge difference to how the sensor behaves. If the object is fairly small in the frame on the iOS device, you'll need to set a fairly high sensitivity
  • If the subject is moving quite quickly, be sure to set a fast enough shutter speed to ensure a decent resulting photo

 Sound sensor

The set up

  • Set the camera up in the location you wish to trap
  • Manually focus the camera on the spot you want to capture the motion in and ensure the exposure is set
  • Hook your camera up to your smartphone with your Triggertrap Mobile Kit
  • Open the Sound Sensor mode in the app
  • Set the threshold so that it triggers with the right amount of sound. Use the outer ring to monitor the ambient sound then use the inner ring to set the threshold
  • Hit the red button. As soon as there is enough sound, the camera will trigger.
  • Please note: iOS gives much faster response times than the Android app.

Our top tips

  • If speed is important, place the device as close to the sound source as possible
  • Be careful with the threshold - if you set it too close to the ambient sound it will trigger extremely easily.
  • If you're hoping to capture something really fast, think about using the Triggertrap Flash Adapter and an iOS device instead. We've got a full tutorial on how to do this here.

 Vibration sensor*

The set up

  • The WiFi mode on Triggertrap Mobile is perfect in combination with the Vibration Sensor
  • Set your camera up, manually focused and with the exposure set on the area you wish to trap
  • Connect two devices (smartphones/tablets) to the same WiFi network and hook one of the devices up to your camera with the Triggertrap Mobile kit
  • Open the WiFi mode in the app on both devices. On the device connected to the camera, set it to Slave. Set the other device to Master
  • Pop the master device in the location you want to monitor for vibrations. Open up the vibration mode and set the threshold appropriately
  • Hit the red button on the master. As soon as there is enough vibration, the camera will trigger

Our top tips

  • This works really well when you want to keep the camera away from the area you're monitoring
  • As one of the devices has nothing physically attached, it's easy to hide
  • The Vibration mode is really sensitive, be sure to set the threshold carefully

Peekaboo (facial recognition) sensor*

The set up

  • Set the camera up in the location you wish to trap
  • Manually focus the camera on the spot you want to capture the motion in and ensure the exposure is set
  • Hook your camera up to your smartphone with your Triggertrap Mobile Kit
  • Open the Peekaboo mode on the iOS app
  • Set the app to look for the number of faces that you require
  • Hit the red button and when the app sees enough faces it will trigger the camera

Our top tips

  • Make sure there is plenty of light for the iOS camera to pick up faces
  • You can trick the camera to not trigger, by simply covering your face
  • For family portraits, set the camera on a tripod as above, with the iOS device attached to the top of the camera (this works perfectly for holding an iPhone), set Peekaboo to look for the correct number of faces then hit the red button, when you're all in shot, the camera will fire!

With Triggertrap Mobile, camera traps are ridiculously simple and insanely fun. Whether connected to your flash or your camera, Triggertrap's free app for iOS and Android makes 2014 a difficult year for Christmas gift-hunters.

*This mode is only available for Triggertrap Mobile for iOS.

Comment