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How-To: Arduino high speed photography trigger

Photography gearhound Matt Richardson’s videos are really getting super great. This one about high-speed photography shows an elaborate version of your basic “balloon, mid-pop” setup. Awesome!



10 thoughts on “How-To: Arduino high speed photography trigger

  1. NICE!

    I can do this with my Kodak ‘pro-sumer’ non SLR cameras. One has an 8 second exposure, the other a 16. Should work well.

  2. Could someone post a parts list? I’m not familiar with some of the things here, but I don’t see any reason I could put it together if I had a list of what to buy. Also, is there any reason that one couldn’t use a Film SLR camera? I have several with a Bulb setting, is the film not fast enough?

    Thanks in advance


  3. This is a great 5 minute explanation of high speed photography. I like the feature of turning off the lights. That’s a nice touch.

    As the inventor of the Camera Axe I also appreciate the plug. All the schematics and source code are open source and I really hope it benefits this sort of audience.


  4. Hi Dave,

    If you take a at some of the older articles on this blog you’ll see information about this including parts lists. It isn’t exactly what is used in this video, but they do use Arduino.

    If you can read and understand schematics you might want to look in the build guide for the Camera Axe. There is a schematic and parts list. It will give you the optoisolator and resistor parts. You’ll just need the microphone (look at the microphone sensor to see how I do that), and the Arduino.

    This will work fine with film camera. The only problem is you’ll need to use an external light meeter or experiment to find the correct exposure. With digital you can easily try a few settings until you find the correct exposure.

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