VIDEO: Tamara Lackey and the PocketWizard Plus III

As the amount of imaging hardware and software grows exponentially—along with the number of features in both—it’s exciting to see what photographers do with minimal set-ups. Well-known photographer Tamara Lackey recently was shooting in Las Vegas, where she got to work out with the PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers to demonstrate what can be done with a the sun and one speedlight.

Armed with a diminutive gear set-up including a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon Speedlight 580EX II, Lackey demonstrates how she uses window light for her main light and a Plus III-controlled 580 acting as her backlight. Explaining different settings and positioning, Lackey controls settings from the Plus III on her camera.

The piece ends with sample photos from the session which detail camera settings so you can see the difference from shot to shot.

See more of Tamara’s work at her photography site, her photography education site, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

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6 Responses to “VIDEO: Tamara Lackey and the PocketWizard Plus III”

  1. ray says:

    What was the flash power?

    • Matt Hill says:

      Not sure, but the exposure was f/1.8 at 1/125 ISO 250. Guessing, I’d say that it was around 1/16th manual power.

  2. Unbelievable says:

    I am sorry but Pocket Wizard need to remove this video and get a true professional to retake the promo video.

    Seriously, for a bit of essential kit as this that can do so much more why is Tamara Lackey chimping and not using this kit to its potential ??

    Producing images like this with the kit she has is embarrassing.

    • Matt Hill says:

      There are many levels of photographer and photography. We embrace them all. We do appreciate you taking time to leave your opinion, but wish you had left a name to go with the comment.

  3. Mikael Jokilehto says:


    The stills at “VIDEO: Tamara Lackey and the PocketWizard Plus III” @ 2:50 – 2:56 are clearly not taken with the setup in this video.
    Both have obviously flash in frontside of the model, (with a diffuser of sorts) as one can clearly make from the shadows from her hair and dress.

    Are you guys looking for lawsuit on false-advertising or what?

    • Matt Hill says:

      Thanks for your feedback! I was on set and can vouch that all these photos were taken with this setup. Feel free to call me at 914-347-3300 and ask for Matt Hill.

      Also keep in mind that we’re human. We do our very best to provide everyone with both promotional and educational videos. We always welcome constructive criticism. Inflammatory and outrageous trolling, however, is not welcome here.