Making Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.
Photographer Sasha Leahovcenco, gives an in depth look into his travels to those who have never had their photo taken, “from the end of the Earth” – Siberia. He took along his PocketWizard Plus II radios and put them to work in -38° C. Check out the incredible environmental portraits and the behind the scenes video that brings you along for the journey.
Photographer Martin Schoeller recently did some work for TIME for their Dudes of Food series and gives a behind the scenes look of the shoot. Three famous chefs gathered for the shoot and Schoeller decided he wanted to infuse some humor in the “hunter-gather inspired and informed kitchens” the chefs run. He used his Plus III radios to help capture some creative and humorous images.
With sports seasons ramping up all over the world, we came across a blog post that will help all of you sports shooters out there: Securely mounting your remote cameras either behind the backboard or above the rafters of a stadium, and making sure they don’t go anywhere, is a top priority for sports shooters. Dak Dillon wrote a straightforward blog post, Simple Guide to Mounting a Remote Camera that is a great resource for any sports shooter interested in using remote camera. *Attention sports shooters, be sure to check out our current Photo Of the Month contest which is focused on shooting sports. Submission period ends 12/15/2013.
When Houston native Dixie Dixon was a student at Klein High School she was paid to photograph Little League games. Wielding her trusty Nikon FG, she made ten dollars per hour, and shot every weekend, including soccer competitions. “Not bad for a kid,” she says, grinning.
Dixon’s father was a hobbyist photographer, and provided her first camera. Her grandfather was a landscape photographer.
Not many professional shooters can match Dixon’s claim of only working as a photographer, but it’s true. She shot for the high school yearbook, and one of her shots made the cover senior year. At that point she decided she wanted to pursue photography for a living.
Adam Troup of Inspire Video shared some details about a composite shoot he did with a musician friend on an overpass in Edinburgh.
He knew he wanted to capture cars traveling down below as long light trails so he first did a 30-second exposure of the background. He then brought in Chris, a guitarist, as the subject. Due to strong winds, he had to ditch the idea of using a softbox, and instead positioned one off-camera flash to the right of the camera and another behind the subject as a rim light.
He used PocketWizard radios as triggers and had this to say about the system:
“I absolutely love the PocketWizard ETTL system, as mentioned above I have two FlexTT5 units, a MiniTT1 and the AC3 ZoneController. The AC3 is fantastic, as you can quickly and independently dial in flash compensation if you’re using ETTL or use the dials to alter the power of the speedlights if you’re using manual mode. You can mix ETTL and manual groups, quickly turn off and on each flash groups. It’s just a fantastic system and I love it!”
Photographer Eric Rolph knows what it takes to get a great beach shot. He’s based in Maui, after all.
There’s few things more beautiful than a sunset on the beach in Hawaii, but photographing in such an environment can be tricky. Lighting conditions are volatile, using flash with daylight is a delicate operation, and to confound it all, salt and sand can be very unforgiving to your gear.
Eric needs to pack minimally, despite the challenging conditions, and depends on PocketWizard Plus II radio triggers to help him do that. No dragging around cables in the sand or blowing in the breeze.
To see Eric’s tips and tricks, including a lighting diagram, read the full article on Pop Photo and to see more of his work, visit rolphphoto.com.
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.
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.”
In high school, Bry Cox took every possible photography class he could to the point the teacher made up a new one so the budding photographer could continue learning. He began his college career by studying photography, and thought taking one business class would help. Cox quickly realized being a photographer means running your own business, so he switched his major and got a degree in Business. He credits this with helping him have a successful career as a photographer.
After college, he got a job at a lab, and learned to print perfect images from his negatives. Cox stayed long enough to save up for his own Hasselblads and lights. At that point he left to start his own studio.
While attending Berklee College of Music, Dan Bailey bought a camera. That was all it took. “I got really enamored with photography and I transitioned my mindset out of trying to get a job in the music business,” he says.
After getting a degree in Music Production and Engineering, he became an assistant editor at a stock agency in Boston for a year, then moved back to his native Colorado to pursue a career shooting. That was 14 years ago in Fort Collins. He has since moved to Alaska, where he’s been based in Anchorage for almost three years. “I’m trying to establish myself as a local photographer but also take advantage of what Alaska offers in terms of its photographic opportunities,” he explains.
We love learning about inventive ways photographers put PocketWizard gear to the test. See the Red Bull Illume video below to learn how Vitek Ludvik photographed Olympic kayaker Vavra Hradilek in action.
Ludvik mounted an Olympus E3 to the bow of a kayak using foam and duct tape. PocketWizard Plus II units were used to remotely trigger the camera as Hradilek pushed against the current in some driving water.
Now that’s an inventive way to get some compelling sports photography. If you have any unique ways you’re using PocketWizard radio triggers, feel free to let us know. You might have us asking your permission to share your story with our many readers.
Don’t forget, PocketWizard does not recommend exposing your PocketWizard gear to water. Doing so will void the warranty. PocketWizard units themselves are not waterproof. Please be careful with your investment.