Vancouver-based company Tric is attempting to be the maker of the first wireless flash trigger exclusively for the iPhone. They are taking their new invention to Kickstarter in hopes that popular demand will help their aspiring iPhone wireless flash trigger dreams come true. As they say in their Kickstarter ad, "Taking professional photos on your iPhone is a challenge. Without a way to properly light your scene, photos turn out looking too dark or unevenly lit." Taking professional photos with your iPhone is indeed quite the challenge, but if you're one of those professional photographers who uses their iPhone for their shoots, this may be for you.
The technology is Bluetooth-based, which conveniently saves on the cost of needing a mounted transmitter for the iPhone itself. To use the new groundbreaking iPhone technology, you'll need to be using their app which triggers the flash.
Now, before you go selling your Canon, Nikon, and Leica cameras, you should know there are a few drawbacks. The first is that the shutter speed is limited to 1/30 of a second, which is unfortunate, but at the moment there is no workaround with the current sensor technology used by the iPhone. The second limitation is that there is no TTL metering; this means you will have to adjust the power from the flash. The final drawback is that this technology is exclusively for the iPhone at the moment, with no plans of supporting Android in the near future.
In truth, it's questionable whether there's really any point to something like this. Sure, you're using professional strobes to light a subject, and if you're someone who really knows what they're doing I'm sure you could get a passable image. But really, what's the point of using an iPhone if you're carrying around pro gear already? Even the most modest DSLR setup would provide results that would be light years beyond what an iPhone could achieve. Not only for the versatility of a DSLR but for the customization of one as well. The only argument one has for taking photos with an iPhone is the portability and accessibility of a camera that's already there because its first purpose is as a phone. If you're carrying around all this equipment, is there any point to using an iPhone?
For more information, or if you want to back the first wireless flash trigger for iPhone, visit their Kickstarter page.