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High Speed Photography Trigger Circuit
I have successfully used the sound, light/dark triggers with the Canon EOS 450D but you do so entirely at your own risk.
Freezing fast motion objects in a picture (also known as High Speed Photography), can give you some pretty special photographic effects. High Speed Photography is used in sports, physics and more.
A drop of milk hitting the water captured using Sound trigger
In the picture below is the first attempt to make an Sound, Light/Dark trigger circuit for my camera. The simple trigger circuit is based on a LMV722M as an amplifier/comparator and few transistors. If used as a normal remote (like Canon RS-60E3) you have 3 buttons available: focus, shutter and bulb. I think these don’t need any explanation. Used as a triggered remote the circuit reveal a new world for you to explore.
After a while I realized that the sound trigger is not sensitive enough and the trigger signal generated by the sound/dark trigger needs to be delayed to actually get the picture of the event…so I redesign the circuit and the result is presented below.
The Delay Circuit
When the switch Sensor/Normal Remote is in the “Normal” position the first part of the circuit is a simple wire extension of the camera shutter button. The Focus push button is used to focus the camera (Focus Indicator LED is lit) and the Shutter is used to take the picture (Shutter Indicator LED is lit). In case you need to use long exposures you can use the Bulb switch.
The Sound Trigger
This circuit is used to trigger the camera when a sound is detected. The 1MOhm variable resistor in series with the 2.2kΩ gives the circuit a gain about 455 that makes this circuit very sensitive. To amplify the signal received from the microphone one half of the LMV722M operational amplifier is used, the other half is used as a comparator. The 100kΩ variable resistor sets the threshold level at which the circuit triggers. This circuit is used to get pictures of popping balloons or champagne bottles. For this trigger the delay circuit must be set to minimum or to an acceptable value (speed of sound is around 343m/s in air) if the sound source is near to sensor.
You can download the Sound Trigger circuit file from here.
The Light/Dark Trigger
This circuit is used to trigger the camera when a beam of light is detected or interrupted. To amplify the signal received from the BPW34 photodiode one half of the LMV722M operational amplifier is used as transimpedanc
e amplifier, the other half is used as a comparator. The 100kΩ variable resistor sets the threshold level at which the circuit triggers. Used in light mode this circuit can be used to trigger when lightning or flash light is detected, in dark mode you can get a water drop splash (the water drop interrupts a beam of light). In this case the delay circuit is use to trigger the camera after the light beam is interrupted – a water drop with a diameter of 3mm will have a speed around 6m/s.
You can download the Light Dark Trigger circuit file from here.
To make the connections between triggers and delay circuit and between camera and delay I used shielded stereo cable. To connect the device to camera you will need a 2.5mm stereo male plug for the other connections I used 3.5mm male/female stereo plugs.
Canon EOS 450D Remote Control Plug Pinout
Next step is framing and focusing. While trying to stay within the best performance on the lens, I either zoom or move the tripod, until I have the desired framing. Focus can be obtained either automatic or manual, but do remember to switch to manual to lock focus.
Crown of water in led laser light
Crater made by a water drop
Small water column