Remy, ©Dixie Dixon
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.
Continuing from our first story on Josh Ross, this exciting shooter continues to develop as an inventive conceptual product photographer. Here, in his own words, is how Ross put together this exciting shot featuring Gatorade.
Gatorade product shot, ©Josh Ross.
This shot was an evolution of my work with a natural splash caught on camera. I wanted to create a shape with the liquid. While out for a run one day, a Gatorade ad in a local store window caught my eye and served as inspiration. I was attracted to Gatorade and the lightning bolt logo because I felt like it allowed for a powerful story that really spoke for itself.
Making Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.
Justin Van Leeuwen of JVL Photography in Ottawa, Ontario has a great blog post up about his third year shooting the Cole family. This year’s shoot took place at their summer cottage. Electronic technology and water typically are not to be mixed, but that didn’t stop Van Leeuwen from doing his best to capture each of eight family members, plus their dog, while balancing a large octa on a floating raft.
Van Leeuwen utilized a MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and HyperSync® speeds to make this deceptively fun shot that definitely presented challenges to execute. He’s a Westcott-endorsed Pro and lens reviewer for canonrumors.com. We hope to explore more of his work in-depth in the future.
©Justin Van Leeuwen
Dylan Patrick left Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to pursue his acting career in New York City. A few years after graduating from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in 2006, Patrick began his photography business in earnest. Finding his love of photography equalled his desire to act, he was soon earning a living as a photographer. Always a fan of cinema lighting, this photographer enjoys using shadows for added drama. Via word of mouth, other actors began to seek him out for their headshots because of the cinematic influences in his work. What actor doesn’t want to look like a movie star?
“Many of my clients, both current and prospective, as well as agents, casting directors, and even other shooters, have told me they love how my shots actually look like film stills,” Patrick says. “I stumbled upon my style on my roof shortly after getting the PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceivers, and I’ve slowly fine tuned ever since. You could say high-speed sync and PocketWizard helped me find my style. I’m always more excited to shoot on sunny days now, and I’m constantly looking for brilliant angular light, which is where a vast majority of the color comes from in my images.”
Currently a resident of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, Patrick hasn’t strayed far from the Great White Way. He was recently kind enough to explain, in his own words, how he created this portrait of a fellow actor on the streets of New York.
Kristin Wetherington, ©Dylan Patrick
The famous Rick Friedman Location Lighting Workshop is hitting the road once again. Here are upcoming dates and locations.
September 29, 2013
Rick Friedman Studio, Boston, MA Tuition: $199. Contact Rick for registration and more information.
October 7-8, 2013
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet Chicago
October 24, 2013
October 24-26, 2013
Photo Plus, Jacob Javits Center New York, NY
November 7-8, 2013
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet San Francisco, CA
November 14-16, 2013
The Atlanta Journalism Seminar, Atlanta, GA
January 17-19, 2014
The Societies Photographic Convention, London, UK
February 14-15, 2014
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet San Diego, CA
February 17-18, 2014
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet Santa Ana, CA
February 21-22, 2014
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“Quick Location Lighting Workshop” course available for purchase from CreativeLive.
Learn more about Rick Friedman at his blog.
PocketWizard Blog reader-favorite Chris Garrison is still hot on the Red Bull scene. He put together a great post on a shoot combining the impossible, land and water sport figures together, featuring Terry Adams and Adam Errington. Packed with behind-the-scenes photos, two videos, and the whole story, don’t miss Chris Garrison and his PocketWizard FlexTT5 and PowerST4 pulling off the impossible. As always, get your fix of Chris Garrison at his site and blog.
Don Toothaker is a Massachusetts photographer who covers a wide range of subject matter. He also conducts classes at New England Photo Workshops. In his own words, Don was willing to take the time to address creativity, light, and how he executed the below photo.
Creativity is a powerful thing. As a photographer, too often I struggle with expressing myself from a different perspective. I know my camera equipment, I feel confident in my compositions, and I am secure photographing a variety of subjects but, despite all of that, creativity remains a personal nemesis.
Every Tuesday night my son takes hip-hop lessons at a local dance studio. The second story studio is large, but like many studios, is mostly bare. Sitting one night watching the class I was struck by the open expanse of the studio, the many windows, and one particular door. I loved the way light spilled into the room each time the door was opened. Looking at the door, the light, and the windows I was inspired to create a particular image. All I needed was a ballet dancer. All I needed was some creativity.
Yes, even in the wireless world of PocketWizard, radios still need to be connected to the device they are triggering and that requires a cable. We recently re-worked our wacky world of wires, especially the remote shutter release cables. We started by beefing up the cable, gold-plating the connections, designing new strain-reliefs, adding a product ID label, and giving the cables some nice industrial design complete with a stylized PocketWizard branded dome label. We’re pretty proud of them. With over 50 cables in our line, this process took a fair amount of time and there are a few lower volume cables in the line waiting to be reworked. At the same time, we redesigned our cable packaging. We switched to a box made from 100% recycled material with a biodegradable and recyclable label showing images of both ends of the cable and a complete compatibility list.
Keith Pytlinski, whose been featured in our blog many times before, talks about a piece of gear he can’t leave home without.
From Behind the Lens: Garth Milan, we find a great video about why Garth loves what he does.
Now that we’ve covered HyperSync© and Remote Camera Triggering in our recent newsletters and blog posts, we’re going back to the basics by focusing on simple off-camera flash using the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and AC3 ZoneController for both Canon and Nikon. The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios allow you to take full advantage of the simplicity of TTL flash while taking your flash off the camera to improve your images. Add the AC3 ZoneController when using more than one off-camera flash for full creative control right from the camera. We’ve pulled together some existing content from our site which provides the basics of off-camera flash using PocketWizard ControlTL radios and accessories.
The following Behind the Scenes videos provide a quick overview of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and AC3 ZoneController in use by a variety of professional photographers.
Cliff Mautner provides a behind-the-scenes look of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and AC3 in action during a bridal shoot and gives a good overview of using the AC3 ZoneController in his work flow. The full story can be found here.