The dropController is a 6 valve controller for water drop photography. It is one of the most advanced drop controllers available yet easy to use. The dropController is controlled from a Windows program or an Android app. Sorry no IOS version.
The Windows app works on Apple desktops under a virtual machine such as Boot Camp or WINE. Unfortunately I cannot offer any support or help. If you want to try please download the Windows App from the downloads page.
I started drop photography many years ago and started developing the dropController because I found other drop machines limited and difficult to use. It has been developed with ease of use in mind, and over time has been refined and developed to meet the needs of droppers; whether your are a beginner or an advanced user.
The dropController has a different approach to other drop devices. With other devices you normally enter a drop size, a delay, another drop size. I found this technique very limiting and it can be difficult to get the timings right. The dropController uses a drop priority method where each drop has a start and stop and each drop is totally separate.
With the dropController each drop has several properties; valve, size, start time, and delta values. You start with the drop, assign a valve, enter the drop times. This method allows far more flexibility (and advanced experimentation) than other methods.
The dropController also features Loop Mode. In Loop Mode you can automatically increase or decrease times while looping. Makes set up and getting collisions super easy.
The dropController features:
– Connections for 6 solenoid valves
– camera shutter trigger
– 3 independent flash triggers
– Up to 9 drops. Each drop separately controlled
– Bulb mode or shutter trigger
– 3 Flash trigger controls
– Loop Mode using delta values
– Auto save drop data
– Auto save main settings
The dropController is compatible with cameras that can use a wired shutter release cable.
Easy to use control apps
The dropController is controlled from a Windows program or an Android app. Sorry no IOS version.
The dropController is available ready to go. Interested, have a look through the price list.
Want to build your own controller, give it a go, have a look through the DIY section (menu above). The dropController started as a DIY project and I encourage anybody to at least think about building one. Want to build your own but don’t have the parts, get a kit. It includes everything you need. Apps and firmware are available for download free.
The below (out dated) video introduces the dropController and explains Loop Mode and delta values. In the video I am using a 3 valve version of dropControllerV2 with a single valve. The dropController is controlled from the old Android app (the app has been updated since the video. The new app has the same functions).
This is a very simple dining room table setup using a retort stand, a single valve and milk as the liquid. Using a lab/retort stand is an easy and fairly cheap way to get started with drop photography.
Please note that the apps have been updated since the video was made.
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