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PocketWizard and Red Bull Sports Photographers

Press Release

PocketWizard Products Provide the Latest in Wireless Flash Technology to Red Bull Sports Photographers

Photographers and images to be regularly featured on PocketWizard.com, the PocketWizard Blog and the Red Bull Content Pool

So. Burlington, VT – August 18, 2011 – LPA Design, maker of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today they will provide the latest PocketWizard wireless flash products featuring HyperSync technology to professional photographers working for Red Bull’s worldwide marketing campaigns.

Matthias Dandois in action at the Marina Barrage, Singapore, 7th August 2011

Red Bull has consistently paired top athletes with savvy photographers to generate great action sports photography and then made those images available to international media through the Red Bull Content Pool. And, reliable PocketWizard radios are already used for many of the images these photographers produce, for both remote camera and off-camera lighting. Now, using the PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5, and AC3 ZoneController and the latest PocketWizard wireless triggering systems technology, HyperSync Automation, these photographers will be able to produce never-before-possible images to establish even higher standards in action sports photography.

“LPA Design (manufacturer of PocketWizard products) was excited when Red Bull approached us to work cooperatively with their top Photofiles’ Photographers from around the world to make sure they have the best gear possible to continue producing the best in action sports photography,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Working with Red Bull and their Photofiles’ photographers is a perfect match for PocketWizard radios as we expand our global reach. We can’t wait to see the images these photographers create using our latest hardware, software and system solutions to push the boundaries of sports photography with proprietary features like HyperSyncTM.”

Markus Berger, Manager of Red Bull’s Photofiles concurs, “Our photographers need to use the best gear available to capture images that really define the cutting edge sports. Using PocketWizard radios was something most of them already did. Now we’re just making sure they have the latest products available even as new capabilities are developed.”

These photographers and their images will be a regular feature on PocketWizard.com and the PocketWizard blog as well as featured in Red Bull’s behind-the-scenes videos. All the images in the Red Bull Content Pool as well as stories behind the photos and more can be found at www.redbull-photofiles.com.

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Zach Bolinger and Eight Doctors

Photographer Zach Bolinger was recently on assignment to shoot a group of surgeons celebrating the 40th anniversary of their practice. To quickly get eight doctors in and out of the session, he relied on his new PocketWizard radio triggers. Similar to the daily practice of doctors, Bolinger didn’t know what he’d encounter, and hadn’t used this particular setup before. You can read the full story on his blog.

When contacted about his post, Bolinger wrote us the following.

“For this project I wanted to try using the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 with the AC3 Zone Controller. They worked flawlessly. Being able to control the flashes from my camera was a real time saver, especially with one Flex unit on a boom that could only be reached with a ladder. I divided the lights in two groups, Group A in the front and Group B behind the plexiglass. With the AC3 Zone Controller I could dial in the different sets of lights. This was my first time really testing the units and I was impressed on the ease of use. No cords or clutter and the time saved running back and forth to adjust the flashes was priceless. Physicians have very little time to wait around, so the ease of getting eight physicians done in a short amount of time was nice.”

Equipment used: two FlexTT5 units, MiniTT1, AC3 Zone Contoller, Nikon D3, 24-70mm zoom f/2.8 lens, two Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight units and four Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight units.

Nice job, Zach! To see more of Zach Bolinger’s photography, visit his site.

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Stephen Barker’s Gadgets

Photographer Stephen Barker of New Zealand was featured on the Waikato Times Web site in a column by Chris Gardner entitled “Me and My Gadget.”

Photo by Chris Hillock, ©Waikato Times

Barker explained to Gardner why his PocketWizard FlexTT5 radio triggers are his favorite gadgets. He also discusses his AC3 Zone Controller and how it enables him to control flash power directly from his camera.

Shooting a Canon system, Barker uses Canon Speedlite 580EX II flashes both indoors and out. Of his PocketWizard gear, Barker concludes, “…they are the industry leader for wireless control.” Thanks, Stephen!

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Bryan Butterfield and the Utah Sunrise

Bryan Butterfield posted last week about a session he did with skateboarder Shaun McBride in Layton, Utah. The gorgeous Utah at sunrise provided a dramatic backdrop for McBride’s moves.

©Bryan Butterfield

Butterfield used a PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller and several FlexTT5 radio triggers to fire three Canon 430EX II flashes mounted on a tri-flash bracket. “This type of shoot is not possible without PocketWizards,” Butterfield writes. His camera was a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.

Looks like a lot of great action frozen at high speeds. Be sure to check out the blog post and accompanying images.

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Sankey’s Portraits of the Greenline

The city of Memphis has learned what many other U.S. communities have discovered for quite some time. Greenways made from abandoned railways are a huge public asset for citizens to enjoy year round. They create a sense of community, better the local quality of life, and have the added and real fiscal payoff of curbing illness and medical costs as the populace gets healthier from more exercise.

Despite the objections of local naysayers who couldn’t learn from longstanding examples such as Seattle’s gorgeous Burke-Gilman Trail, the Greater Memphis Greenline is now a reality, and local walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters can attest, it’s a major hit.

Not to be left out of the fun, photographers have been actively capturing some of the folks enjoying this public asset. Possibly the most interesting project happening on the Greenline is a photo rig built and run by Joe Sankey of Sankey Photography. In a recent blog post, Joe details a bicycle rig which features, among other things

Sankey goes into some detail about how he set up the rig, and the video shows shots captured of fellow cyclists. Both our readers and ourselves love to see interesting ways PocketWizard technology is applied in the field, and this one definitely is not your typical off-camera flash set-up. Nice work!

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Brian Marcus and PocketWizard

Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Photography and Video was recently shooting at the Rivington Hotel in New York City.

©Fred Marcus Photography & Video


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The Girls’ Skate Book

Julian Bleecker’s book project, The Girls’ Skate Book is indeed what the title suggests: photos of women in the world of skateboarding. Bleecker has published a blog post about his use of PocketWizard technology on this book.

Screen shot from blog story by Julian Bleecker. ©Julian Bleecker

Using a combination of PocketWizard MiniTT1 units, FlexTT5 units and the new AC3 Zone Controller, these images capture young women in air-grabbing action for a book of their own—no skater boys allowed. Bleecker concludes near the end of his post, “High-speed sync? This is the future already.”

A custom lighting solution rigged by Bleecker. ©Julian Bleecker

Can’t wait to see the book when it’s released, Julian! We’re betting many of our readers will feel the same way when they see these gorgeous images in print.

Julian Bleecker on Flickr

The Girl’s Skate Book

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Matthew Poon, Versatile Shooter Down Under

As a fourth generation Chinese-Australian, Matthew Poon’s roots are deep in the Perth area, where he has worked at the same employer for the past twelve years since he was seventeen. Currently photographing the news beat for four publications belonging to the Community Newspaper Group (CNG) in Midland, Poon has wanted to be a professional photographer since his high school days. He’s achieved that and more. In 2009 he was named CNG Photographer of the Year.


©Matthew Poon


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Dave Black Shooting his Dreams

In 1980, Dave Black began photographing sports by working the Olympics that year. Since then, he’s covered 12 Olympic games and countless world championships, international competitions, and national sports championships in the United States and other countries. He’s also covered professional football, baseball, basketball, motorsports, and others. Tennis, golf, and college sports have also graced his portfolio. He worked for Golf Digest for five years, and has had long relationships with Newsweek, TIME, and Sports Illustrated. With thirty years of experience, there’s not many sports Black hasn’t covered.

Motocross 4

©Dave Black


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Cliff Mautner’s Delicate Balance

Growing up in New Jersey, Cliff Mautner has the kind of professional photographic experience no new shooters get these days. When attending college in Southern New Jersey, he answered an ad in the local weekly newspaper. The ad read, in part, “Award-winning weekly newspaper seeks photographer.” At nineteen years old, he was hired, “just because I had a pulse,” he laughs.

©Cliff Mautner


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