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Vermont Looks at PocketWizards

The Burlington Free Press has a new story about a local business. That local business just happens to be LPA Design, inventor and manufacturer of PocketWizard technology, located in South Burlington.

The article is definitely worth a read, as it gives the seminal history of how the PocketWizard wireless triggering came to be. Who knew, back at a 1995 NBA All-Star game, the fledgling technology would be given its first test after someone’s zealous use of a multitool’s blade?

We won’t give away the full story, but it’s an exciting read, especially for anyone who’s had to scramble and make technology work in a hurry.

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Glyn Dewis Up and Running Fast

Buckinghamshire, U.K. photographer Glyn Dewis recently got his hands on the new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units for Nikon cameras. He posted a blog story about his experience, including two beautifully-subtly lit images taken outside at dusk or near-dark.

He plans to push PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology, and we look forward to seeing the results.

Dewis writes, “After a few more photo shoots using them I’m going to be putting together a review here on the blog but for those of you interested, first impressions are that they’re good…real good!” So is your photography, Glyn! Keep the great images coming. Cheers!

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MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 Radios for Nikon Now Shipping Worldwide

On January 18, 2011 we announced the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios for Nikon are now shipping everywhere. Shipments to dealers continue daily in order to meet the high demand for these new units. These Nikon i-TTL compatible radios are being shipped with the latest ControlTL firmware for Nikon, version 2.100.

ControlTL firmware v2.100 for Nikon adds compatibility for the new Nikon D7000 and addresses some other operational issues. Current owners of the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios for Nikon can upgrade to the new firmware for free via the PocketWizard Utility.

This firmware does not include compatibility for the new SB700. This will be addressed in a future firmware version.

PocketWizard has also just released an online wiki format manual for both Nikon and Canon versions of the ControlTL system. The PocketWizard wiki is a work in progress and will continuously be updated as new features are added and improvements are made to the easily-upgraded ControlTL system.

The AC3 ZoneController for Nikon is on schedule for February deliveries.  The AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Nikon is on schedule for March deliveries.

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LPA Design Files Patent Infringement Claim Against Chinese Manufacturer

So. Burlington, VT – January 11, 2011 – LPA Design has filed a complaint for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont against Phottix (HK) Ltd. and Eternal Fortune (HK) Ltd., alleging that the Phottix Atlas wireless flash trigger produced in China infringes upon two patents held by LPA Design. The Vermont-based company, incorporated as Lab Partner Associates, Inc., is the manufacturer of the industry-leading PocketWizard® line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market, including the popular PocketWizard Plus II®.

The PocketWizard technology allows professional photographers to control complex lighting systems remotely from the body of a camera. It is particularly useful in studio, sports and event photography, and has become the industry standard as a result of sustained research and development conducted in Vermont.

“LPA was an early and ground-breaking contributor to the technology and market for professional quality wireless flash triggers,” said Tim Neiley, CEO and President of LPA.

“LPA has worked hard to bring its patented technologies to market through constant innovation and improvement always with a view to the needs of the professional photographer. This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation.”

LPA Design holds patents in the United States and throughout the world covering its proprietary wireless triggering technology. The patents in the lawsuit cover technology in radio communications between wireless trigger devices and the innovative auto-switching transceiver introduced for the first time in the PocketWizard Plus II wireless trigger.

The patents LPA Design is asserting include:
United States Patent No. 5,359,375 issued for an invention entitled “Microprocessor Programmable Digital Remote Radio Photographic Control.”

United States Patent No. 7,437,063 issued for an invention entitled “Wireless Camera Flash Synchronizer System and Method.”

Founded in 1990 as an electronics R&D consulting company, LPA Design has expertise in printed circuit board design, RF communications and antenna optimization, and remote sensors. Among other innovations, LPA Design developed the industry leading

PocketWizard line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market. PocketWizard products provide ultra-high precision, wireless synchronization of cameras, flash lighting, and light meters, allowing professional photographers to create unparalleled photographs and achieve unmatched reliability in capturing high value images.

LPA Design is represented by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Burlington, Vermont.

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Video: Fstoppers Nikon PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1, and AC3 Review

The boys at Fstoppers published a post entitled “Fstoppers Nikon PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1, and AC3 Review.”

Using beta units, the team put the new gear through all the usual Fstopper paces. A substantial video is included in the post, and plenty of sample photographs. Calling the technology “the best out there,” they cite the auto TTL feature as a standout, and praise LPA for not rendering the Plus II model obsolete.

We’re really impressed with the inclusion of two completely different photo shoots done under different lighting conditions. The writing is detailed, and definitely worth reading. Don’t forget to scroll down for the 13 flash dunk! Be sure to check it all out here. Oh, yeah. And the Comments section has absolutely exploded!

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Mike Nowak On the Field and Off

A childhood love of playing sports has been parlayed into a photographic career by Mike Nowak in Southern California. At high school in east San Diego, his love of playing sports was augmented by helping to document those sports. As he got involved with each new athletic endeavor, he would spend some time photographing it, starting with body boarding and surfing. His other major interest was college football at San Diego State. While shooting the players, he learned some portraiture techniques, worked with some other photographers, and began developing his own style.

©Mike Nowak

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Solway Lights up Scotland

Darren R. McKean and his wife Fiona run Solway Photographic in the United Kingdom. Darren just wrote us to share his PocketWizard Experience. Here it is in his words, along with some images.

I set up a wedding shoot to promote a Victorian hotel in Dumfries, Scotland on Monday 13th December. Knowing the hotel might not provide the best light, plus a winters day in Scotland, we purchased some PocketWizards, watched the online videos and they really are so easy to use. We are using a MiniTT1 and two FlexTT5 units with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a 50D with 580 and 430 EX11 Speedlites.

©Solway Photography

We watched a couple of the tutorials on the PocketWizard Web site and with recommendation from Brett Harkness and Damien Lovegrove we took the plunge. We both found them unbelievably easy to use, especially using exposure compensation in camera. We now can’t imagine being without them and find ourselves looking for new ways to use them.

©Solway Photography

Thanks so much, Darren and Fiona. We hope you continue to enjoy your PocketWizards!

Solway Photographic
Solway Photographic blog

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Robert Snow Freezing Liquid Water

With family on the same part of land since 1849, Robert Snow is a fifth generation Floridian. With roots that deep, it’s no wonder he’s drawn to all things water which the coast of Florida can offer. A native of the Tampa area, Snow got involved with photography while in high school. Through a teacher, he found the Southeast College of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. Before graduation, he began assisting. “That’s really what helped,” he says. “That really started to open my eyes to this world of advertising, photography, and editorial photography. It was pretty exciting.”

©Robert Snow

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Tell Us Your Story

If you have a great story about how you use your PocketWizard gear and want to share with us, we’re all ears! We’re always interested in hearing what our users are up to, and may make a blog story about you and your work.

Email us your story now. Please include photos and links!

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Ken Kaminesky’s Rising from the Ashes

Speak about commercial photography for any length of time with Ken Kaminesky and eventually his deep knowledge of the state of the industry will come to light. This knowledge did not come easily or quickly. Attending his first year of college, he took a photography course and was enamored with darkroom work. Eventually, he left school to concentrate on commercial photography by working for pro shooters.

©Ken Kaminesky

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