'AC3 Zone Controller' Category

What’s up Pussycat? Özkan Özmen goes on a Portrait Safari

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Özkan Özmen at work

Özkan Özmen is a portrait photographer based in Frankfurt Germany with a penchant for photographing subjects that can bite your head off. No, we’re not talking about models and celebrities with attitude here. We’re talking lions, tigers, and rhinos. As Dorothy famously said to the tin man… “Oh MY!”

According to Özkan, he’s always been into things that crawl, chirp, growl, and purr, and it wasn’t long after he began taking shooting studio portraits for a living that he decided to put together a compact lighting kit and try his luck outside of the comforts and convenience of his studio. Özkan Ozmen’s personal project ultimately took him on a multi-continent journey in which he’s captured wonderful portraits of the sort of wildlife most of us only see in zoo and safari parks, though seldom as in-your-face.

Özkan understood the logistics – not to mention danger involved in trying to capture tight portraits of wild animals using lights. Still and all, rather than being technically boxed in by the harsh ambient lighting conditions common to shooting in the extreme locales he planned on visiting, his goal was to light his subjects and select-focus at wider lens apertures similar to the way he would when shooting portraits in his studio.

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Cliff Mautner shows you why you need an AC3 ZoneController

May is WEDDING MONTH at PocketWizard. We are bringing you people, ideas and photos that celebrate the craft and tools of wedding photography. 

We love Cliff Mautner. Why? His no-nonsense approach to both photography and education is direct, uncompromising and produces results. And, simply put, his wedding and portrait images ROCK. We asked Cliff to tell us why the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController plus MiniTT1 (Nikon & Canon) and FlexTT5 (Nikon & Canon) changed the way he shoots – overnight. You may remember Cliff from some work we did with him during the release of the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon.

Those two things – the dimension and texture of the light – create a mood that flat light doesn’t have. By getting the light off the camera, you can create angles of light that give you the texture, dimension and mood that you can reach out and touch. – Cliff Mautner

Cliff uses one light on a monopod off-camera to achieve his stunning wedding photography. The light he chooses to control manually via his AC3 ZoneController creates depth, personality and vibrant colors. Cliff chooses to deliberately avoid flat lighting, using his one off-camera flash to create these scenes where the focus of the photo is clear, and the bride and groom are stars. By using manual control, he can switch lenses, distances and adjust with the ambient light – all the while knowing that the things that normally trick TTL will not affect him.

Here is a mini gallery of Cliff’s images for your enjoyment.

PW_AC3free_300x250We have other good news for photographers in the USA – if you purchase a MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 (or two FlexTT5 units), you can receive a FREE AC3 by mail after purchase!

Yup, that’s right! Until July 31st, you can take advantage of this awesome offer. You never know, it may change your photographic life, too! LEARN MORE >>

Want to learn more about Cliff Mautner? Check out his website and blog:
www.cmphotography.com
www.cliffmautner.typepad.com

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PocketWizard AC3 Promotion to Celebrate Wedding Season

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Here’s the press release from the recently-announced AC3 ZoneController promotion. Photographers who purchase one new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and a FlexTT5 in the USA between April 19 and July 31, 2013 will receive a free AC3 ZoneController.

White Plains, NY – April 25, 2013 – MAC Group, the U.S. Distributor of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces a limited-time offer to help photographers improve the quality of their off-camera flash pictures for the upcoming wedding season.

AC3ZCThis new mail-in program, available only in the USA, runs from April 19 through July 31, 2013. It offers a free PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController ($79 value) to photographers who purchase a new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 or two FlexTT5 radios for either Canon or Nikon camera systems and then complete and send in the special form.

“Wedding photographers capture some of life’s most important moments,” said Phil Bradon, PocketWizard’s USA Marketing Manager at MAC Group. “Capturing the perfect, romantic image is the goal and that’s why today’s top photographers go a step beyond the ordinary by removing the speedlights from their cameras and taking control of the off-camera flash, automatically or manually, with PocketWizard radios. This year’s wedding-season promotion not only makes it more affordable for photographers to move up to PocketWizard radios, but also to say ‘I do’ to off-camera flash.”

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios can be used to trigger any combination of TTL or manual flash units placed wherever desired, to illuminate the subject or scene being photographed. The PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController is the finishing touch that provides simple, finger-tip control of light output from three separate zones (A, B, C) of flashes or groups of flash units mounted on Flex TT5 transceivers, in either automatic-exposure or manual control.

For more information about PocketWizard’s Wedding Season Promotion and to get the offer form, go to PocketWizard.com/AC3promo.

About PocketWizard
Incorporating the latest radio technology, PocketWizard radio triggers exceed the demands of the professional and serious amateur photographer with durability, ease of use, advanced capabilities and legendary reliability. PocketWizard products, including the PLUS®X, PLUS® III, PLUS® II, MultiMAX®, MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by distributors around the world including the MAC Group in the USA.

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Fstoppers’ Gifts for Photographers

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Looking for gifts for a photographer in your life? Take a look at Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide. Each week, they’ll be releasing a new list of photography gifts in different price ranges. Their first installment, the under $100 dollar category, features a bunch of gift ideas sure to make any photographer smile (lens mugs for everyone!).

We’re proud to say the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController made the list. Here’s what they have to say:

“Many photographers will already have a PocketWizard, but if they don’t have a ZoneController, this is a great gift for them. When you add the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController to your on-camera MiniTT1® Transmitter or FlexTT5® Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot.”

In the $100 – $200 category, meanwhile, you’ll find the PocketWizard Plus® III.

“If the photographer in your life uses off-camera flash, having a pair of PocketWizards makes all the difference. There are a lot of cheap knockoff brands out there, but if you want to show you care you’ll go for the real thing. You can also use them to remotely trigger the camera itself, so that’s great fun for photo booths or unusual angles.”

Check out the list on Fstoppers.

 

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Fstoppers, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

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In-house Lighting at PocketWizard

Local Vermont television station WCAX is doing a four part series on photography in in the state.  The fourth episode in their series features PocketWizard and should air today during the local news. We put together something to show WCAX the kind of photography possible with PocketWizard gear.

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Chris Valites, a Technical Support Specialist at LPA, manufacturers of PocketWizard, used this beautiful green motorcycle belonging to another LPA employee. He set the shot up and created the two images in this post.

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Sephi Bergerson and the Fire Ninja

Sephi Bergerson and a NinjaPhotographer Sephi Bergerson has posted about her efforts to pay homage to Joe McNally’s cover shot of his book The Hot Shoe Diaries

In her post, Bergerson relays her relates her attempts to recreate McNally’s photo and off-camera flash work. Using a Nikon D700, she incorporated a PocketWizard MiniTT1, a FlexTT5, and an AC3 ZoneController.

Bergerson provides full details of her shot in the post itself. See more of her work on her site and her blog.

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Damien Lovegrove’s Speedlight Kits

Damien Lovegrove has a great post on his blog, ProPhotoNut entitled “Speedlight kit overview and preparation.” He posts two drool-worthy shots of all his PocketWizard gear, which he’s handily labeled to avoid any unnecessary switching.

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A shooter of both Nikon and Canon, Lovegrove discusses his use of the AC3, the FlexTT5 and the MiniTT1 in conjunction with flash gear from the two camera manufacturers. He breaks down the kits into their respective compatibilities, and explains why and how he uses each piece of gear.

A really informative post, with lots of tips other shooters will find useful, this one is not unique to the ProPhotoNut blog. Lovegrove also has some examples of his fine photography. Keep up the great work, Damien!

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Multiple Off-Camera Flash Techniques Webinar

See host Joe Brady as he shows how to put PocketWizard Radio Triggers to use firing multiple off-camera flash units in both studio and environmental on-location portraits. With the addition of the easy to use AC3 ZoneController, you can instantly control and adjust up to three flash zones to create beautiful portrait lighting ratios using both TTL and manual modes — right from the top of your camera!

During this live online video seminar, Joe demonstrated how to take control of light with multiple flash units both alone and with different light shaping tools. Joe also answered questions from the audience live on the studio set.

Check out the archived Webinar and visit the PocketWizard site for more details.

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Mike Kelley Baiting with Light

New England native Mike Kelley was into photography in a big way, but one day something fortuitous happened. While at the University of Vermont, Kelley ran into Dave Schmidt, who is an employee of LPA, makers of PocketWizard. Schmidt is also a shooter in his own right, and was photographing for a local ski resort. He also happened to have a prototype of the PocketWizard MiniTT1® on top of his camera. Kelley noticed, and the two began a conversation.

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“I just kept bugging him and bugging him and eventually he caved and gave me an internship at PocketWizard,” Kelley recalls, laughing. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art, Kelley moved to Lake Tahoe to try his hand at professional snowboarding. This didn’t transpire, but proved fortuitous in a different way professionally.

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Tom Bol and High Speed Sync

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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.

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