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 unstoppable Erik Valind demonstrates PocketWizard’s new MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 with AC3 ZoneController at Photoshop World. Valind is featured on D-Town, Episode 71, along with all the other image-creating characters you’d expect. Looks like everyone had a great time.
Frame from D-Town, Episode 71.
St. Louis wedding photographer Stephanie Zettl has published a review of her new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon on Neil van Niekerk’s blog Tangents.
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.
One of our favorite shooters, Keith Pytlinski, is still in the game, and still getting innovative photographic results. His Southern California-based M5photography continues to bring exciting sports photography to clients and viewers everywhere.
Pytlinski’s latest shoot involves a Harley Davidson, a Canon 7D, and a variety of PocketWizards. He employed MiniTT1 units, FlexTT5 units, and Plus II units to get some great-looking images with remote triggering. A handy Magic Arm was employed to get some compositions and angles you don’t see every day.
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!
Be sure to check out M5photography’s site for more great work.
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.
Off Camera Flash Boot Camp with Rick Denham Photography from Open Concept Films on Vimeo.
Thanks for sharing, Rick!
Rick Denham Photography
Rick Denham’s blog