We’re sooo with you, Mark. Time off means doing what you love. And when you’re a photographer…
Check out how Mark Rebilas spends his free time… Remote Camera Triggering goodness everywhere! In the car, by the hummingbird feeder, out ATV’ing… Photo rampage! (and you may remeber seeing previous posts about Mark here and here)
Actually, there are two kinds. One photographs animals. One photographs babies. Riverview, FL-based Alycia Alvarez is in the latter category. And, to say the least, she is really hitting her stride. As she points out in her blog she photographs “rattles to rings” i.e. babies to seniors to weddings. At the recent WPPI, Alycia used the new MiniTT1 and some Profoto ComPact R units to capture the warmth, smiles and cuteness of babies. See how she does it and ask yourself, “Can you make noises like that?”
Head over to PocketWizard.com to see her gearbox, some bird’s-eye views of the lighting and quotes from Alycia.
Throughout history, photographers have tried all sorts of methods to achieve high-angle photos.
For really high work, nothing beats a helicopter or small plane with the door off. With a good pilot, a photographer can get pretty much anything he or she desires. Less high perspectives have been achieved from powered hang gliders, remote controlled drones or even kites. When we get down to the 0-75 foot range, however, the normal way of doing things is to rent a high-lift. Either hydraulic or electric powered, it’s not an easy task to get it to the shooting site, set it up, and operate it (or have a professional operate it while you hang on for dear life).
Wouldn’t it be great to have a tripod that went up 75-feet? It’s actually a reality, as you can see here. Not exactly the sort of thing you strap to your knapsack, but a lot less damaging to the environment than a low-flying helicopter. Frank Siteman, Winchester, MA-based photographer, offers a unique service with the “Luskapod” (our nomenclature). A key element in this set-up, as you can see, is the ubiquitous PocketWizard, to trigger the camera from terra firma. Nice!