Dom Romney may very well have been born in the wrong country. A native of the United Kingdom, Romney currently lives in Stansted, north of London, and is huge fan of American racing cars of all types. Heavily influenced by his father’s car collection and love of hot-rodding, the younger Romney grew up with it in his blood. Since then, experimental built-for-speed vehicles, classic muscle cars, nitro-based fire-breathing monsters, vintage restorations, and plethora of drag races involving almost anything resting on four wheels have all been photographed by Romney.
What happens when you take 16 working pro photographers, a ton of lighting gear, one location lighting expert, and stuff them all into the biggest barn you’ve ever seen? The place really lights up.
LPA recently sponsored and hosted a location lighting workshop for members of ASMP New England with Boston-based photographer Rick Friedman. Rick’s got the energy dial set to maximum pretty much all the time which is definitely part of his success as both a photojournalist and photo educator. He’s also got a bag full of PocketWizard radios which he puts to work in all his lighting work – both with speedlights as well as with studio lights.
Daniel Milchev flirted with photography as a child in Bulgaria. Now living in Vail, Colorado, Milchev has been a professional photographer for the past four years, focusing primarily on action sports.
Vail, and the Vail-area athletes, remain the big draw for Milchev. “There’s a lot of good skiers and snowboarders and bikers,” he says. Apart from covering the X Games, he feels he rarely needs to leave Colorado due to the abundance of extreme sports practiced throughout the state.
First off, Kubota stresses the good things which can happen when you shoot with a photography buddy. In this case, it’s his friend Benjamin Edwards. He details how the two shooters collaborated by taking turns setting up shots of the bride and groom, Jenah and Matt. Mutual feedback was critical to getting the best shots, and a great lesson can be learned from this paragraph of Kubota’s post alone.
The theme for this photo shoot was fairly easy to arrive at. Jenah, it turns out, is “a national team boxer.” What better idea than to put her in a ring, wearing a bridal gown, and have her knocking out her groom? Awesome concept, and great execution, guys.
PocketWizard is excited to announce two gear bags to organize and transport your PocketWizard radio triggers. The G•Wiz Trunk and G•Wiz 2x are made of durable rip-stop nylon. Padded interiors provide a way to protect your investment when traveling to and from photo shoots.
We’ve listened to our users and answered their requests for a safe, stylish way to assemble their PocketWizard units. Even if you primarily shoot in a studio environment, these contemporary-looking bags will protect your investment from dust, and you’ll always know where they’re located, along with any accessories you find yourself using frequently.
The G•Wiz Trunk features a zippered inside pocket, web loop, moveable velcro padded dividers, durable rip-stop nylon, and measures 7.5″ wide by 3.5″ high by 3.5″ deep. This bag is designed specifically for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5, plus accessories.
The G•Wiz 2x features internal cable/battery pocket, external cable stash pocket, hanging strap, mini carabiner clip, and features durable rip-stop nylon. It can hold two FlexTT5‘s and a MiniTT1 or two Plus II or MultiMAX PocketWizard radios, in addition to batteries, cables or other goodies.
Visit your local PocketWizard dealer to check out the G•Wiz collection in person.
Cincinnati-area photographer Jason Lykins is mostly known as a portrait artist, but provides many types of photography to a variety of clients. He recently was kind enough to share some of his insights with readers of the PocketWizard blog. Be sure to check out his links at the end of his installment in our on-going series, Five Photography Tips.
1. Move! Moving is the most important thing you can do in photography. Forget settings, f/stops, aperture, and ISO, etc. Forget about all of that. When you change your position. When you crouch down to shoot lower, or when you climb up to shoot from above, you are creating drama. You are creating a view the person looking at your image isn’t used to seeing. This will make your image more compelling. This applies to every type of photography, but since I specialize in portrait photography I find it especially pertains to people. Often times when I shoot portraits I start by shooting standing up at eye level with the subject. This gets them comfortable with me, and allows me to build a rapport with them. I then switch to a lower shooting angle. Usually I am on one knee or sometimes even as low as shooting from my stomach. Shooting from a lower position does multiple things. On women it can elongate their legs making them appear to be taller than they really are. On Men, shooting from lower often times gives the sense of power. For both men and women shooting from a lower angle gives a feeling of dominance in the photograph. Of course there are many, many more advantages from shooting from down low, so try it out and I guarantee your images will become more interesting. On the flip side, positioning yourself above your subject will thin them down. If your subject is larger, shooting from above will make then appear to be skinnier. When they lift their chin to look at the camera it stretches the neck and eliminates double chins. Again there are many, many more advantages to shooting from above, so give it a shot to see what it does for your perspective.
Photographer and educator Tom Bol has a great post on his blog regarding syncing his Elinchrom Quadra at 1/2500. Bol used PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 radio triggers with a Quadra head, shooting a Nikon D300S with a 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.
This highly informative post is not to be missed, particularly if you’re an Elinchrom user. Bol goes into detail not only how he achieved his sample shots, but the science of what’s going on, and how to avoid unwanted results. He also details the handiness of using the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller to set the output on an Elinchrom Ranger.
Be sure you don’t miss this informative post if you’re interested in high speed sync without clipping. Don’t forget to check out the great imagery Bol is capturing when not educating shooters on how to do the same by visiting his site.
PocketWizard Products Provide the Latest in Wireless Flash Technology to Red Bull Sports Photographers
So. Burlington, VT – August 18, 2011 – LPA Design, maker of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today they will provide the latest PocketWizard wireless flash products featuring HyperSync technology to professional photographers working for Red Bull’s worldwide marketing campaigns.
Red Bull has consistently paired top athletes with savvy photographers to generate great action sports photography and then made those images available to international media through the Red Bull Content Pool. And, reliable PocketWizard radios are already used for many of the images these photographers produce, for both remote camera and off-camera lighting. Now, using the PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5, and AC3 ZoneController and the latest PocketWizard wireless triggering systems technology, HyperSync Automation, these photographers will be able to produce never-before-possible images to establish even higher standards in action sports photography.
“LPA Design (manufacturer of PocketWizard products) was excited when Red Bull approached us to work cooperatively with their top Photofiles’ Photographers from around the world to make sure they have the best gear possible to continue producing the best in action sports photography,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Working with Red Bull and their Photofiles’ photographers is a perfect match for PocketWizard radios as we expand our global reach. We can’t wait to see the images these photographers create using our latest hardware, software and system solutions to push the boundaries of sports photography with proprietary features like HyperSyncTM.”
Markus Berger, Manager of Red Bull’s Photofiles concurs, “Our photographers need to use the best gear available to capture images that really define the cutting edge sports. Using PocketWizard radios was something most of them already did. Now we’re just making sure they have the latest products available even as new capabilities are developed.”
These photographers and their images will be a regular feature on PocketWizard.com and the PocketWizard blog as well as featured in Red Bull’s behind-the-scenes videos. All the images in the Red Bull Content Pool as well as stories behind the photos and more can be found at www.redbull-photofiles.com.
Photographer Zach Bolinger was recently on assignment to shoot a group of surgeons celebrating the 40th anniversary of their practice. To quickly get eight doctors in and out of the session, he relied on his new PocketWizard radio triggers. Similar to the daily practice of doctors, Bolinger didn’t know what he’d encounter, and hadn’t used this particular setup before. You can read the full story on his blog.
When contacted about his post, Bolinger wrote us the following.
“For this project I wanted to try using the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 with the AC3 Zone Controller. They worked flawlessly. Being able to control the flashes from my camera was a real time saver, especially with one Flex unit on a boom that could only be reached with a ladder. I divided the lights in two groups, Group A in the front and Group B behind the plexiglass. With the AC3 Zone Controller I could dial in the different sets of lights. This was my first time really testing the units and I was impressed on the ease of use. No cords or clutter and the time saved running back and forth to adjust the flashes was priceless. Physicians have very little time to wait around, so the ease of getting eight physicians done in a short amount of time was nice.”
Nice job, Zach! To see more of Zach Bolinger’s photography, visit his site.