Photographer Doug Gordon has posted an eight minute video showcasing his use of basic off-camera flash. Watch Gordon explore three simple, yet beautiful portrait lighting setups using PocketWizard wireless technology.
Gordon explains and demonstrates the importance of lighting ratios and how PocketWizard radios help him create the light he wants quickly and easily. “Just by being on the PocketWizard,” he says, “I can set and turn down my light to be be two stops under [my main light] from wherever I am.”
Watch the video to learn why PocketWizard radios are Doug’s “newest and most favorite toy in the world.”
See more of Doug’s work and learn about the photography workshops he offers by visiting his site.
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.
Photographer Chris Garrison has shared his thoughts on HyperSync technology with us. You can learn more about Chris and his work by visiting his site and his blog.
1/800th at f/7.1.
HyperSync(TM) is the single largest game changer for photographers using studio-type flashes. As photographers, we are once again taking part in another evolution of our industry. I consider the introduction of HyperSync technology by PocketWizard to be as large as the digital format transition. We are no longer just freezing motion with shutter speed or light, we are actually painting light onto the frozen motion.
PocketWizard users are responding more and more to using off-camera flash at incredible shutter speeds — speeds photographers have been dreaming about since the dawn of flash photography itself. From stopping powdered snow surrounding a professional snowboarder to freezing water droplets as a diver enters a pool, shooters around the world are exploring new worlds of creativity with PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology.
In the recent past, the PocketWizard blog has showcased photographers like Tom Bol, Dave Black, and Chris O’Connell, all of whom are exploiting HyperSync to get shots impossible with any other system.
In high school, Bry Cox took every possible photography class he could to the point the teacher made up a new one so the budding photographer could continue learning. He began his college career by studying photography, and thought taking one business class would help. Cox quickly realized being a photographer means running your own business, so he switched his major and got a degree in Business. He credits this with helping him have a successful career as a photographer.
After college, he got a job at a lab, and learned to print perfect images from his negatives. Cox stayed long enough to save up for his own Hasselblads and lights. At that point he left to start his own studio.
The review covers her initial testing of the units after an overview of her experience using off-camera flashes, particularly the Nikon Creative Lighting System’s line of sight functionality and associated limitations. She explains her more recent advanced lighting set-ups with flash units hidden, and gives some wonderful example photos to illustrate this. These creative new shots would be impossible with line-of-sight flashes. New PocketWizard Nikon units to the rescue!
Zettl provides a variety of sample shots (including behind-the-scenes images), both indoor and outdoor, which amply illustrate her methodology and results with the new technology.
“The Pocket Wizards are an industry standard when it comes to consistent, reliable radio triggers,” Zettl writes. “In my initial testing of the product I was really pleased with the results. It was extremely easy to set up the units. I would almost call them plug and play. In every shot, the units fire consistently and accurately. This meant I was able to set my lights and focus on my subject versus worrying about if my OCF unit would be able to see my commander as I moved around,” she also writes.
Zettl ends her review with the promise of “more detailed testing to come.” We can’t wait to see more interesting breakdowns of her workflow as she puts PocketWizard technology to the limits. Be sure not to miss the work on her site, or her own blog.
Pytlinski has also gone to great lengths to more fully test his MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units. The results can be read at his new post entitled “Remote Flash and a New Mountain Bike Shoot.” The story features some great shots and serious details about technical setups with his strobes, camera, and PocketWizard gear. Nice one, Keith!
Rick Denham was first featured last year on our blog. He’s been running intensive workshops on off-camera flash, and is a noted wedding photographer in Ontario, Canada. He recently sent us the following video, along with the description below. Enjoy!
“This was a video shot and produced by Jay Lupish from Captivate Bridal for the off-camera workshop I did back in February. We had 12 students from all over southern Ontario at a small bed and breakfast in Niagara on the lake. We did shoots involving some custom cars, models, bride and grooms, and some food photography, as well. Oh, and by the way, I only use PocketWizards with my Canon 580EX II’s.
One of the great perks of selling a professional photo tool like PocketWizard is that you get to meet photographers from all walks of life, in all aspects of the profession and with different ways of solving lighting and shooting problems. One of our recent encounters (at WPPI) was with Jacksonville, FL-based Scarlett Lillian, wedding photographer extraordinaire. Scarlett works witha Canon 5D and Canon 580EXII flash, getting it off-camera with the help of the ubiquitous PocketWizard Plus II. Take a look at her work on www.scarlettlillian.com and read more on her blog at www.scarlettlillian.net. Beautiful, elegant work, Scarlett!