MIOPS controlling a DSLR

High-speed photography can be daunting if you're not a seasoned pro. You may have a fast camera and flash, but you probably don't have the gear (or people) you'd need to get that frozen-in-time look in most situations. MIOPS' new camera trigger might make it easier to take high-speed shots all by your lonesome, though. By itself, it can tell a DSLR to take a shot and fire your flash when it detects light, motion or sound; you can capture lightning the moment it strikes, or your cat the moment it bolts across the room. The device supports external sensors like pressure pads, too.

It really comes alive if you pay for the Ultimate variant, which adds remote control from a Bluetooth-equipped Android or iOS device. Unlike most trigger apps, MIOPS' mobile software lets you set up capture scenarios that only take pictures under very specific conditions. You can set it to take time-lapse photos as soon as it gets dark, and snap additional lightning pictures if a big storm brews; in short, you shouldn't have to keep a close watch over your camera.

MIOPS is looking to crowdfunding to get its peripheral off the ground. If you're intrigued by the idea, you can pledge $189 for the Basic unit, or $229 for Ultimate. Everything should ship in December, so long as everything goes according to plan. That's a lot of money to spend for a specialized tool, but it might pay off if you're keen to shoot more than just the usual portraits and still life scenes.