Posts Tagged ‘video’

Simon Mackney’s 13-hour day with the British Bobsleigh Team

crop_380-1384962741-2_simonmackneyHere’s a behind the scenes video of Simon Mackney using Plus III Transceivers to photograph the British Bobsleigh team as well as a written account in Simon Mackney’s own words.  Mackney is professional photographer based out of Derbyshire, UK.

“The coach of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team came to us because they wanted images that weren’t your standard boring, normal promotional images.  They already had plenty of those and they were looking for something different.  So we came up with the idea of shooting the athletes with a super hero, film poster kind of style in mind.  We wanted a strong, confident, proud, inspirational, dark, edgy, moody style/look.

The images will be used for a variety of promotional pieces leading up to and during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.  We used PocketWizard Plus III radios with a Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 studio fast flash duration flash units.  With the combination of the PocketWizard radios, the Einstein E640, the Nikon D4 at 11 frames a second and the fast flash duration, we were able to get the shot we wanted.  The guys busting out of the stock, which we used with Bruce Tasker crashing out of the ice shards, we would not have been able to get the shots without the combo. The PocketWizard radios never let us down and they work really well with all our gear.

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© Simon Mackney

 

© Simon Mackney

© Simon Mackney

 

© Simon Mackney

© Simon Mackney

 

© Simon Mackney

© Simon Mackney

 

© Simon Mackney

© Simon Mackney

 

Massive thanks to the Great British Bobsleigh athletes Bruce Tasker, John Jackson “Jacko”, Joel Fearon, and Stuart Benson. We had a great, 13-hour long day shoot with the guys at the fantastic 2,200 square foot, drive-in Darley Abbey Photographic Studios.  The shots were taken by Simon Mackney and then edited by Simon and the Mackney team.”

Additional thanks for the following:
Video: Thom our Assistant
Music: Our good friend Artist: rotary; Title: scientific www.soundcloud.com/rotary

And the Mackney Team

Equipment used:
PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers
Paul C. Buff – Einstein E640 to freeze the action and motion
Nikon D4 and Nikon D800E
Capture one, tethered and linked to ipad

Links:
http://simonmackney.com
https://www.facebook.com/MackneyPhoto...
http://www.johnsons-photopia.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/johnsonsphot…
http://pocketwizard.co.uk
http://www.bobteamgb.org

PocketWizard radios are distributed in the UK by JP Distribution.

All images, videos, and quotes in this post are used with permission and © Simon Mackney, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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Making Waves, 18 October 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Foto Care has put out a series of informative and easy-to-understand videos which show what PocketWizard technology can do for your photography. Don’t miss these brief, professional, and free resources!

The first is entitled “Using PocketWizards with handheld flash and strobe units.”

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Tech Tip: Quad Zone Triggering

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.

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Making Waves, 13 September 2013

making_waves_logoMaking Waves is a weekly round-up of current posts featuring PocketWizard products.

 

Here’s a collision of a great photographer, Disney, a powerful singer, and PocketWizard. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of photographer Annie Leibovitz using a Plus® II on a Disney shoot with Jennifer Hudson.

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Kerry Riordan Wins Melody Hood, Clickin Moms PocketWizard Giveaway!

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.

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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.

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What’s that for, PocketWizard?

This month’s feature is basically a road map for HyperSync®.  Why a “road map?”  Because HyperSync, a tool that could be used for all kinds of genius photography, seems to attract wheels. Motorcyles and BMXBicycles. And more motorcycles. Last month I called it BikerSync®. Mark Wallace, a motorcycle guy himself, wheeled down the road less taken and rallied a grand tour Webinar on HyperSync.

Shooting Portraits with HyperSync.

Here is some information we sent out to viewers before the Webinar. The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, but the trip is a little smoother if you have the key to your magic decoder ring.

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Mark Wallace Rides with the PlusX

Mark Wallace demonstrates a fun setup he used to take portraits of himself riding a motorcycle in this quick video. Originally part of a Webinar we aired in March to help intro the features of the PlusX, you can get the entire 49 minute video in the PocketWizard Webinar archive.

mark-wallace-plusxWith his 1DS Mark II securely attached to a rig on the back of a car, Mark has an assistant fire the car-mounted camera using a PocketWizard PlusX. On their way back, they add a strobe to the mix, also fired by the PlusX.

Check it out above and see more of Mark’s videos on Snapfactory.

All video and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Mark Wallace, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

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James Quantz Jr. Behind the Scenes, Hut Hut Hike!

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

When James Quantz Jr. was asked to create a number of promotional images for the University of South Carolina’s 2013 football season, he approached the project from a fan’s perspective. “If I think it would look cool on my wall,” he says of the concept, “I’m hoping I’m hitting on where the fans are coming from.”

In the behind the scenes video, you can see him working with Paul C. Buff Einstein lights with a variety of modifiers, including a large umbrella and a grid. The Paul C. Buff Einstein lights are being triggered by PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receivers. He shoots the athletes in a controlled environment and then composites them into background images of a full stadium that he had shot earlier.

And what’s that on top of his camera? A PocketWizard Plus III! He says,

“During a photoshoot like this when I’m capturing athletes in motion, I rely on my PocketWizards to sync flawlessly so I don’t miss any of the action. A lot of times these are day long events so one of my favorite features on the Plus III is a battery level indicator so I always know when power might be running low.”

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

© James Quantz Jr.

See more of James’ work at quantzphoto.com and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

All images, video and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©James Quantz Jr., all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

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Scott Wyden and Friends Test the PlusX

Scott Wyden Kivowitz recently gave a presentation entitled Photography Studio Lighting on a Budget for the Google+ community of New Jersey photographers. Held at Dynalite’s Union, New Jersey studio, studio portraiture was demonstrated and practiced with Dynalite’s hardware triggered by PocketWizard PlusX radios.

After Scott’s presentation was over, students practiced studio portraiture using the Dynalite gear and PlusX radio triggers. Scott put together a quick video of student impressions on the PlusX.

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VIDEO: Why SLR Lounge Loves the Plus III

The photographers at Lin & Jirsa Photography loved their PocketWizard Plus II radios for their reliability, but at the end of last year they made a video about the new guy in their arsenal, the PocketWizard Plus III.

PocketWizard Plus IIIIn this article and video review, presented by SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa explains how the Plus III earned so much love. Part of what won photographers over were improvements made to the build: the antenna is safely tucked within the body, the hot shoe mount is made of a sturdier material, and the LCD screen displays remaining battery life. On top of that, the Plus III includes new features, like Quad-Zone triggering, while being less expensive than its predecessor.

Having tried all kinds of other triggers, he concludes, “We don’t mess around when it comes to radio triggers. We need to make sure that they’re firing and they’re firing consistently. We don’t want to miss any shots and that’s why we use the Plus III’s at the studio.”

Read the full article and see Lin & Jirsa’s work here.

 

All images, video, and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Lin & Jirsa Photography, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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