Dave Hahn of New York’s CSI Photo has been covered on the PocketWizard blog previously. Known for his atypical but exciting camera angles used at sporting events, Hahn covers burst-firing in his own words.
Dave Hahn at work.
Over the next few months I will be writing about a few of the differences between the PocketWizard MultiMAX transceiver and the Plus® III radio triggers. As you know the Plus III transceiver is packed with a host of great features for the advanced photographer. But, over the next few months I will be explaining some of the more advanced features of the MultiMAX transceivers for when you may want to step up your game.
In this review I am going to talk about how you can set the contact time of the MultiMAX. Why might you want or need to adjust the contact time of you transceiver? Let’s say you shooting sports, where you know where the action is going to be, such as basketball or maybe baseball. And you’re going to be using a camera as a remote from a location that you would not be able to check to see if you are getting the shot you want. Here is where adjusting the contact time would help. If you camera fires at five frames per second and you would like to shoot 3 frames each time you would simply set the contact time to 0.6 seconds. To adjust the contact time you would go into the menu of your receiving MultiMAX by pressing: MENU(*) B A and using the up and down keys to adjust the time.
MAC Group, the U.S. distributor for PocketWizard Photo Products, announces a Fall Rebate Program. From now until November 30, 2013 you can receive money back on all your favorite transmitters and transceivers.
Get $15 off your purchase of a Plus®X or Plus® III.
Get $25 off your purchase of a MiniTT1® or FlexTT5®.
How it Works
Purchase one or more of the items above from your local PocketWizard dealer in the United States. Save the receipt and send it along with the filled out rebate form, which can be found via this page, and the original silver product label(s) from product packaging to this address:
PocketWizard Fall Rebate
Dept # MG13-9454
P.O. Box 472
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0472
You can receive money off each radio purchased. There is no limit!
If you’re wondering which PocketWizard radio unit is best for you you can read more about them here:
Offer available in the U.S. only.
Canadian photographer John Rathwell is best known for his sports shooting. He’s the kind of artist who prefers capturing a kayak being piloted through rapids over a pitcher waiting for a signal, a surfer in frigid waters over a soccer match, or a closeup of a skateboard humming on blacktop over a golfer walking to the next tee. He recently was kind enough to explain how he got the below photo of mountain biker Felix Wilberg. Here’s Rathwell’s own account of how the shoot came together.
Felix Wilberg as photographed by John Rathwell. ©John Rathwell
Here is a shot of downhill mountain bike sensation Felix Wilberg at Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec. The goal going into this shoot was to come out with something really showing the speed and intensity these guys come into banked turns with. I find the sense of motion is left out in action sports photos way too often, and, with flash, it’s so easy to have motion and still keep your subject sharp. The flash duration will freeze your subject, but the ambient light will still continue to absorb into the sensor.
My first few attempts at the shot where at 1/50th of a second and the background was put into an abstract blur. I didn’t realize how fast these guys actually come into the corners. I ended up moving up to 1/100th of a second for the shot to get just the right amount of motion blur in the background.
One of the key features of the PocketWizard Plus® III is “Quad-Zone Triggering.” This feature traces its roots back to the MultiMAX® where it has proven itself to be a game changer for many professional photographers. With the feature now found in the more affordable Plus III, more photographers have this capability within their reach. So what does it do?
Quad-Zone Triggering allows photographers to assign lights or cameras to one of four zones; A-B-C or D and then they can turn a zone on or off with the simple push of a button on the transmitting radio. This could be used to turn a single light on or off, or a group of lights on or off (you can have as many lights or cameras per zone as you want). It can also be used to turn a remote camera, or group of cameras, on or off. We’ll take a look at each scenario.
Building your Lighting
You’re in a studio situation taking portraits. You’re using five different lights; one is the key, one is a fill, two are for the background, and one is for highlights. You want to be able to see the impact of each light and make sure you have the proper power setting. Without Quad-Zone Triggering, this would be a very challenging task unless you had a group of assistants to turn the various lights on and off. With Quad-Zone Triggering you simply select the light you want to turn on/off from the transmitting radio and take a shot. Each light or group of lights (in this case the two background lights) is assigned a zone, either A-B-C or D. Turning on one zone at a time allows you to see just the light from that zone making it far easier to make adjustments.
Multiple Lighting Setup
You’re shooting a wedding reception and you want to offer a variety of images and a few different looks to the couple. Prior to the reception you’ve set-up several lights around the room with Plus III’s as the receiver and assigned a zone to each light and/or a zone to groups of lights. Using Quad-Zone Triggering, you can turn the light(s) from each zone on or off at-will right from your camera to change the lighting on the fly and create different images from the same scene.
We previously featured news about Melody Hood’s Breakout Session with ClicknMoms. If you participated in this educational opportunity, you had the chance to win four PocketWizard Plus® III Transceivers and a G-Wiz Squared bag!
Kerry Riordan of Blu Lemonade Photography in the greater-Boston area attended Melody’s Clickin Moms session, and was the winner of the Plus III transceivers and the G-Wiz bag. Kerry chose the color blue.
Kerry Riordan of Blu Lemonade Photography. ©Kerry Riordan
From Kerry’s POV
When I saw renowned photographer Melody Hood was going to be offering a Clickin’ Moms breakout session, I knew I would be signing up immediately. Her amazing ability to move beyond capturing moments, to creating stories is magic. The mood, the lighting, the atmosphere; she weaves them all together in a way that is not contrived, but rather timeless. You see her images and create your own backstory. They evoke that kind of response. And as if this breakout couldn’t get any better, PocketWizard announced one lucky participant would win a set of PocketWizards. What?!? This was the marriage of two beautiful things and clearly a no-brainer.
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.
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
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.
Clickin Moms, the largest, fastest-growing, members-only online community of women in photography, is offering an educational session with Melody Hood called “Creating Light with Melody Hood.” Full details are available here.
“Creating Light” is a Breakout Session that gives you an inside look into the thought process that goes into determining how, when, and why you should light your subjects. Covering everything from metering to hiding unsightly backgrounds, Melody will explain how she lights everything from everyday sessions to wedding receptions.
© Aaron Ansarov
Aaron Ansarov started photographing washed up jellyfish as part of his My Backyard series, a project he started with his son, looking for photographic inspiration close to home in Delray Beach, Florida. “Portuguese man-of-wars are not jellyfish, they’re siphonophores, which mean’s they’re actually a group of organisms, called zooids, who depend on each other to live,” Ansarov has said. The collection of Zooids has taken on a life its own and have spread around the Web like crazy. It’s easy to see why, the images are intriguing.
To photograph these fascinating creatures, Aaron uses a light table, lit up by an Elinchrom Ranger RX pack and triggered by a PocketWizard Plus III. He says he got his hands on the Plus III’s right before starting the Zooids project and that “their low profile and light weight make them very easy to work with.”