Get Professional Quality Portraits Anywhere!
If you thought a top-of-the-line DSLR was necessary for professional-quality portraits, you will be amazed at the incredible results possible with the current offerings available from compact mirrorless cameras. With full manual controls, RAW file capture, and the ability to use industry standard accessories, you can take advantage of the same tools the big DSLRs use to create beautiful images.
Join host Joe Brady as he puts his mirrorless camera to the test by using PocketWizard PlusX radio triggers and a basic light meter to shape light in environmental location portraits.
Do you shoot only using available light because the concept of fill flash with ambient light continues to be both frustrating and inconsistent? If you want to take control of the light and add shape, depth, and dimension to your subject, this presentation is a must see.
Getting your flash off-camera is the first step towards professional quality portraits. See how easy it can be and learn how to make it work for you!
Date: 25 July 2013
Time: 1pm EDT
Title: Off-Camera Flash with Mirrorless Cameras
Presenter: Joe Brady
One of only 20 pink Plus III PocketWizard radio triggers made for Bob Carey’s Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation. Photo ©Bob Carey
One more of only twenty limited edition “Tutu Pink” PocketWizard Plus III transceivers is now available at auction. This Plus III, number five of twenty, will be hand-numbered and signed by photographer Bob Carey of The Tutu Project.
The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver, in “Tutu Pink” is a very limited edition batch of just twenty radios. In addition to the Pink plastics, the LED backlight of the LCD screen is also pink. The Plus lll is an Auto-Sensing Transceiver, which means it will automatically switch between transmit and receive as needed and is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear.
All proceeds from the auction go to support the Carey Foundation, a 501c nonprofit organization which directly assists families suffering from breast cancer with daily needs such as transportation to doctor appointments, childcare, meals in homes, etc.
Once these twenty Tutu Pink Plus III radio triggers are sold for charity, no others will be manufactured. They’re destined to become photographic collectors’ items.
© Matt Brown
Over on The Halo Way, the official photo blog of the Los Angeles Angels, photographer Jordan Murph has put together an educational post on how he and team photographer Matt Brown use remote cameras during games and what you’ll need to set one up yourself.
Why use a remote camera for sports photography? Lots of reasons! “They provide us with different angles from our hand held cameras in case we get blocked,” Jordan writes, “and they can give a unique view from a location that is impossible to physically photograph from, or they can just provide extra coverage.”
This month’s feature is basically a road map for HyperSync®. Why a “road map?” Because HyperSync, a tool that could be used for all kinds of genius photography, seems to attract wheels. Motorcyles and BMX. Bicycles. And more motorcycles. Last month I called it BikerSync®. Mark Wallace, a motorcycle guy himself, wheeled down the road less taken and rallied a grand tour Webinar on HyperSync.
Shooting Portraits with HyperSync.
Here is some information we sent out to viewers before the Webinar. The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, but the trip is a little smoother if you have the key to your magic decoder ring.
©Ben Von Wong
HyperSync® enthusiast Ben Von Wong keeps getting drawn to rocks and water. In his most recent shoot, no fire was involved this time, but his model had to contend with wildlife. An octopus. Deceased. On her face.
Jen Brook also had to endure lying on cold boulders and wearing clothing in some frigid-looking water. Fortunately, Ben made quick work of the shoot, and shot at speeds only possible with HyperSync technology. Using PocketWizard gear to shoot at speeds of 1/1000th, Ben called on FlexTT5 transceivers, the AC3 ZoneController, and the AC9 AlienBees Adapter.
Sure, you can use PocketWizard’s HyperSync® technology to freeze exciting high-speed sports action, but did you know you can also use it to create stunning portraits outdoors no matter what the natural lighting conditions are?
Here’s some examples of what photographer Eric Uys regularly pulls off using HyperSync for portrait sessions, including some behind-the-scenes shots by his assistant, Tarryn Ward.
In his own words, Uys gives us his thoughts on how he uses HyperSync to create work clients keep returning to him for.
© Magnus Bogucki
“Wedding photography,” says Swiss photographer Magnus Bogucki, “is no longer my passion – but my lifestyle. Every wedding is unique and having the opportunity to capture and “tell” the unique story is what I truly love.”
At a wedding he was covering at the Castello di Morcote, outside of Lugano, Magnus wanted to make the most of the scenic location for a portrait of the bride and groom. He says, “This couple came from Las Vegas to get married in Switzerland so I wanted to create a photo where the couple enjoyed some time for themselves and soaked in the environment around them.”
Off-camera flash done two ways. Find out which style might work best for you!
When adding light to your portraits, it’s clear that off-camera flash produces the most natural and beautiful results. The question that remains is how to best control the flash. Should you use your camera’s TTL metering system or is it best to take control and go full manual?
In this video Webinar presented by PocketWizard, guest photographer Rick Sammon joins host Joe Brady as they do an environmental portrait shoot using both methods. Rick is a master at making TTL off-camera flash easy and effective while Joe prefers full manual control for consistency and repeatability.
Which style is best for you?
Join us for this friendly battle between Rick and Joe as they each show their process for controlling off-camera flash for environmental portraits. Take advantage of the live chat as Rick and Joe will take your questions and discuss the features and benefits of each style. You may choose one side or the other, or perhaps even combine both – but whichever way you decide, this will be a fun and informative presentation!
Date: 11 July 2013
Time: 1:00pm EDT
Title: To TTL or Not to TTL?
Presenters: Joe Brady and Rick Sammon
Archived Webinar: http://www.pocketwizard.com/videos/education/webinar20
Dave Schmidt has shared his passion for Norton bikes in the past. Here’s his account of his latest shoot with a Norton motorcycle utilizing HyperSync® technology.
Take One, no flash, F/4, 1/1000, ISO 100. ©David Schmidt
We never seem to have enough time to shoot around here but testing the new firmware was a good excuse to take some pictures. It worked out well as our friends at the Classic Bike Experience had a beautifully restored ’69 Norton Commando they wanted some pictures of and dropped it off at our studio for a few days. (We photographed another Commando in 2011 and wrote about it here). Click here for a Behind-the-Scenes look at the shoot.
For years we’ve been drawn to what photographer Garth Milan continues to do. Sponsored by Red Bull, among other corporations, Milan is a master at freezing the action of extreme sports of all kinds. We recently caught up with him again, and he was kind enough to explain how he overpowered the Southern California sun and stopped motion at the same time. Here is his account of his most recent shoot.
This particular shoot with Red Bull athlete Curtis Keene posed two fairly large problems. One was the bright Santa Monica midday sun, and the other was the fact the trails we shot on were miles away from the nearest parking spot, which meant we had to hike up the normally “downhill” trails with any and all gear needed for the shoot.
All that being said, my assistant and I started our blister-inducing hike up with a camera body and several lenses, along with an Elinchrom Ranger, equipped with the PowerST4 to enable my PocketWizard to HyperSync® at any and all speeds. After one of the most intense hikes of my life (considering how much gear we had), we arrived at our destination to find, just as I thought, the lighting was less than ideal for shooting with the natural, ambient light.