'MiniTT1' Category

Tom Bol and High Speed Sync

©Tom Bol

Photographer and educator Tom Bol has a great post on his blog regarding syncing his Elinchrom Quadra at 1/2500. Bol used PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 radio triggers with a Quadra head, shooting a Nikon D300S with a 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.

This highly informative post is not to be missed, particularly if you’re an Elinchrom user. Bol goes into detail not only how he achieved his sample shots, but the science of what’s going on, and how to avoid unwanted results. He also details the handiness of using the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller to set the output on an Elinchrom Ranger.

Be sure you don’t miss this informative post if you’re interested in high speed sync without clipping. Don’t forget to check out the great imagery Bol is capturing when not educating shooters on how to do the same by visiting his site.

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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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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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Frank Doorhof: Fashion at the Skate Park

Photographer Frank Doorhof recently blogged about a session shot in a skatepark. Using Canon gear, Doorhof wanted to test out the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.

©Frank Doorhof

Among other features, he points out using PocketWizard units were much easier for being mobile, versus the line-of-sight solution he was previously employing. Read the blog post and watch his behind-the-scenes video to see how he overpowered the sun both in the shade and in direct sunlight.

Doorhof concludes his review by saying the PocketWizards were “flawless, of course.” See the blog post for full details.

To see more of Frank Doorhof’s work and writing, visit his site and blog.

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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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Video 1 of 4 – How-to: Shooting with PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon

Mark Wallace shines light on using the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon in this video, the first of four in a new series.

This free video, almost ten minutes long, has Wallace demonstrating how to set a Nikon camera for optimal results with the new off-camera flash triggering system by PocketWizard. Settings on the PocketWizard gear are covered, as are speedlight settings.

How To: Shooting with PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon from PocketWizard on Vimeo.

Wallace photographs a model indoors and out. He also covers how to update PocketWizard firmware, an important step to using your new MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. Known in the photo industry for making things clear so photographers can get down to business, this video proves no exception.

See more on the PocketWizard site.

To learn more about Wallace and to see a sampling of his photography, visit his site.

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Erik Valind and PocketWizard at Photoshop World

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.


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