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.

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 where you enter a size, a delay, and another size. I found this technique very limiting and use a drop priority method on the dropController. With the dropController you start with the drop and assign a valve to it. Each drop has several properties; size, start time, and delta values. This method allows far more flexibility (and advanced experimentation) than other methods.

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

In Loop Mode you can automatically increase or decrease times while looping. Makes collisions super easy.
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.

Android App

Easy to use. Easy to understand. Get started in seconds.
dropController Android app screen shots
The Android app is Compatible with the dropControllerV2 and V3 devices.

Windows App

Clean and clear interface. All the key drop data available in one easy to use panel.


Set up

Start as simple as you wish. Become as advanced as you want. The dropController allows you to start in a very simple way but does not limit you as you progress to advanced drops.

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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