In order to get well-lit, white balanced subjects, Moshe recommends setting up a number of color-balancing gelled strobes that compliment the location’s lighting, high on light stands above the room. His assistants, he says, can set this up in six minutes.
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Erik Valind, previously featured on our blog, has an exciting workshop currently roaming the country through October. If you’re looking for instruction on fast and mobile applications of off-camera flash, this looks to be your ticket.
Valind will have live models and will cover the following topics:
- The characteristics of light and how it behaves
- Creative ways to control and direct light using modifiers on- and off-camera
- Camera settings that control light
- Wireless triggering using PocketWizard radios
- Gelling your flash for both color correction and dramatic effect
- Practical tips to help you overcome some of the most common worst-case lighting scenarios
Full details on Shaping Light: A Small Flash Workshop Tour can be found here, including dates and locations.
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Last year, photographer Curtis Baker found himself with an all-access pass to photograph Dolly Parton at her opening show in Nashville, Tennessee. Luckily, he brought along his PocketWizards so he could get two points of view for the price of one photographer!
“After the intermission, I took the D700 and a Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 with a Manfrotto Magic Arm and attached it high up to the huge video wall behind the stage. I used a PocketWizard remote trigger and cord to fire off wide angle shots of Dolly facing the crowd. Every time the house lights came on to light the crowd and her hands went up, I would push the little button on my PocketWizard in my shirt pocket, hoping for a magic shot.”
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There’s few things more beautiful than a sunset on the beach in Hawaii, but photographing in such an environment can be tricky. Lighting conditions are volatile, using flash with daylight is a delicate operation, and to confound it all, salt and sand can be very unforgiving to your gear.
Eric needs to pack minimally, despite the challenging conditions, and depends on PocketWizard Plus II radio triggers to help him do that. No dragging around cables in the sand or blowing in the breeze.
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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.
We love seeing people use PocketWizard technology in unanticipated applications. The following is one which made us smile.
Jakob Schiller has written a fascinating story for Wired on photographer Billy Hunt. For a series of portraits, Hunt felt he wanted to shake up his subjects, getting them to step outside their usual poses when getting their portraits taken. He used audio to make this happen, bringing a new dimension to the silent art of photography.
Hunt had a karaoke boom box wired so when a certain volume level is hit, a PocketWizard Plus II is signaled, which then triggers a camera, creating a portrait of a person screaming.
As the amount of imaging hardware and software grows exponentially—along with the number of features in both—it’s exciting to see what photographers do with minimal set-ups. Well-known photographer Tamara Lackey recently was shooting in Las Vegas, where she got to work out with the PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers to demonstrate what can be done with a the sun and one speedlight.
Armed with a diminutive gear set-up including a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon Speedlight 580EX II, Lackey demonstrates how she uses window light for her main light and a Plus III-controlled 580 acting as her backlight. Explaining different settings and positioning, Lackey controls settings from the Plus III on her camera.
The piece ends with sample photos from the session which detail camera settings so you can see the difference from shot to shot.
You get some state of the art portraits at sunset, with seemingly each sporting a unique look and tone in lighting. How does this well-known photographer from Chattanooga, Tennesse augment her talent and tweak lighting on the fly? With Plus III technology, of course.
“They’re incredible—they’re my absolute workhorses,” she says of the latest radio triggers from PocketWizard. “They are amazing and so versatile. They allow me to turn my lights on from wherever I’m at.”
Check out the following resources to see more of Hood’s impressive work.
A new video has been posted featuring photographer Dane Sanders. Known for his photographic education almost as much as he’s known for his photography, Sanders walks viewers through a simple outdoor portrait session utilizing the PocketWizard Plus III.
Sanders demonstrates how he can control multiple light sources all from the Plus III radio trigger on top of his camera, all without having to walk to different lighting rigs. The video ends with sample photos Sanders shot, along with camera settings and lights used for every single one.
The commitment Sanders makes to photography education and social media is well-known. Novice and established shooters can learn from his online resources and presence. To see more of Dane Sanders work, please check out his site and the following media:
Fast Track Photographer
Dane Sanders | Fast Track Photographer
AskDane.com | Photography Business Coaching for the Fast Track…
Dane Sanders | Facebook
Dane Sanders on Vimeo
Dane Sanders on Google+
Dane Sanders on Amazon.com
[Business] Dane Sanders Talks Creativity With Trey Ratcliff | Fstoppers
Hobby used a Profoto Acute2 1200 60 feet away as a fill light and an Acute2 2400 120 feet away as a rim. It was keyed with speedlights in a Japanese silk lantern. PocketWizard Plus III units were used to trigger the lights furthest from the subject.
Hobby explains he wanted to “push against the boundaries a little more, both creatively and technically.” He educates readers about the relationship between lighting distance and depth of field, and how he wanted the light to disperse evenly throughout the scene. The text of these posts are as enlightening as the photo is beautiful. Don’t miss both full texts on Strobist.