Bruce Vigneault has posted about some high speed sync tests he’s run. Influenced by a photo expedition he did with Moose Peterson at Yellowstone National Park, Vigneault used a teddy bear as a model.
Using the PocketWizard MiniTT1, the FlexTT5, and the AC3 ZoneController, Vigneault experimented with different settings on his Nikon D3s. The shoot is well-documented, and is a great primer for what can be achieved with off-camera flash and PocketWizards.
Vigneault points to a recent Webinar hosted by Mark Wallace, which is all about High Speed Sync. This video inspired him to experiment. Judging from his post, Vigneault now has a firm grasp of what high speed sync is all about.
Nice job explaining what you’ve learned, Bruce! Learn more about Bruce on his site and his blog.
Photographer 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.
At about the age of eleven, Richard Pardon was given a film camera by his grandfather in Dorset, U.K., who also taught him to develop his own film. Turning professional about a year ago, Pardon has realized a lifelong dream. “For me, it’s more than a job or a career. It’s like a lifestyle or a passion,” he says. He credits no two days being the same as making photography a rewarding career.
Although his grandfather gave him his start with film, Pardon has learned everything about digital photography by teaching himself. With books and DVDs, a trial-and-error approach has helped him not only develop his technical knowledge, but his own photographic style. He credits his autodidacticism with enabling him to work in different areas of photography, including portraiture, automotive, landscape, and stock work. The road hasn’t been easy, but the work is worth it, he feels.
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.
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.
“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.
Photo ©: (l to r) D. Anton, K. Steele, M. Bush, E. Mansperger.
PocketWizard Photo Products partners with SmugMug to create the first
PocketWizard Photo Contest
POCKETWZARD PHOTO CONTEST 001:
- Show us how you MAKE IT POSSIBLE™ using PocketWizard Wireless Triggering Systems. Submit a photo which was simply not possible to take unless you were using PocketWizard radios.
- Photo must be taken with a minimum of one off-camera flash triggered using PocketWizard radios.
- Winner will receive one MiniTT1®, two FlexTT5®’s and one AC3 ZoneController for either Canon or Nikon and a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag and 1-year SmugMug Pro Subscription and photo Web site customization.
Please be sure to read through the PocketWizard Photo Contest Rules before entering contest.
SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS: December 30, 2011. To enter the contest click here.
Final Judging to be done by commercial-fashion photographer Mark Wallace based out of Phoenix, AZ. Mark is the face behind numerous PocketWizard Tutorial videos as well as host and creator of the web-based video series “Digital Photography One on One” and “How’d They Do That?” sponsored by AdoramaTV. Mark is co-founder of Snapfactory studios.
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.
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.”
Equipment used: two FlexTT5 units, MiniTT1, AC3 Zone Contoller, Nikon D3, 24-70mm zoom f/2.8 lens, two Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight units and four Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight units.
Nice job, Zach! To see more of Zach Bolinger’s photography, visit his site.
Photographer Stephen Barker of New Zealand was featured on the Waikato Times Web site in a column by Chris Gardner entitled “Me and My Gadget.”
Photo by Chris Hillock, ©Waikato Times
Barker explained to Gardner why his PocketWizard FlexTT5 radio triggers are his favorite gadgets. He also discusses his AC3 Zone Controller and how it enables him to control flash power directly from his camera.
Shooting a Canon system, Barker uses Canon Speedlite 580EX II flashes both indoors and out. Of his PocketWizard gear, Barker concludes, “…they are the industry leader for wireless control.” Thanks, Stephen!
Bryan Butterfield posted last week about a session he did with skateboarder Shaun McBride in Layton, Utah. The gorgeous Utah at sunrise provided a dramatic backdrop for McBride’s moves.
Butterfield used a PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller and several FlexTT5 radio triggers to fire three Canon 430EX II flashes mounted on a tri-flash bracket. “This type of shoot is not possible without PocketWizards,” Butterfield writes. His camera was a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.
Looks like a lot of great action frozen at high speeds. Be sure to check out the blog post and accompanying images.