We’ve profiled action sports photograph Scott Markewitz before. We’re happy to see he’s still getting amazing shots. While shooting for Red Bull, he documented a mountain biking first. Here’s Paul’s own report of the event, along with some of his photos.
Recently I was on a shoot in southern Utah with a Red Bull crew, there to capture Paul Basagoitia’s attempt at the first-ever double back flip on a mountain bike in natural terrain. I’ve worked with Paul many times and was excited to be there to photograph his attempt. If anyone could pull it off, it was Paul.
A new PocketWizard video shot on location in Las Vegas has been released. Featuring photographer and educator Kevin Kubota, this session with a model was done on a rooftop with speedlights fired by the new PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers.
With an octagon softbox housing two speedlights, Kubota used a total of three Plus III transceivers to light the entire shoot. During this shoot, his first one using the Plus III, he covers zone control, ease of use, and reliability.
“I love the fact they’re so easy to use I didn’t have to get out the manual to figure it out. The controls are great,” he says. “They’re lightweight and really affordable, so it’s a great option if you’re just getting started, or if you’ve been doing it awhile like me, this simplifies your life.”
Kevin Kubota’s Bio American Photo Magazine named Kevin Kubota one of the “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World.” His photos have been featured on the covers and within the pages of many popular magazines and photography books. Kevin has been a featured presenter for Nikon and Adobe, and his work with the Nikon digital camera earned him a spot as a Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens.” Kevin is also a PPA Photographic Craftsman.
Kubota is an internationally recognized speaker, having presented for every major photographic convention in the USA. He created the popular “Digital Photography Bootcamp®” workshop which has been running successfully since 2002. He authored the book under the same name, now in it’s second edition, published by Amherst Media. Kevin shares over two decades of lighting experience in his latest book, The Lighting Notebook, published by Wiley. Kubota Image Tools products have won multiple Hot One Awards as well as the Readers’ Choice Award. Kevin was personally awarded the 2009 Monte Zucker Memorial Humanitarian Award for social service through photography.
Flashmaster David Hobby over at Strobist has published Part 1 and Part 2 on his wildly-popular blog detailing a portrait session he did for mezzo soprano Alexandra Rodrick.
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 fulltexts on Strobist.
Join host Joe Brady for this seminar on controlling studio portrait lighting with the new PocketWizard Plus III radio. Learn the benefits of shooting with your flashes on full manual power. During our live shoot, we’ll use both speedlights and studio monolights. But more important than just discussing photography gear, we’re going to explore how and why to use this equipment to capture the image you’re after.
We all know that photography is about light. The new PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers we’re going to put to use will allow us to direct light where we need it and make it easy to control, right from the top of the camera.
We’re going to take full control of our lights for studio shoots. That means full manual control – no TTL flash. No more guessing, no constant exposure adjustments, no hours at the computer fixing your images. If you are after consistent, professional results in controlled settings, learn how manual control is the way to go!
Photographysilo.com has posted a list of five reasons “why every photographer will WANT the PocketWizard Plus® III.” Written by Lawrence Atienza, the post also includes a video of an interview he conducted with PocketWizard’s own Dave Schmidt at WPPI 2012.
You can see the video entitled “PocketWizard is Not a Toy” on YouTube.
Do you have your own list of things you love about the new PocketWizard Plus III? Share them with us and we may publish the best ones.
Grant Willing also wrote another hands-on review of the Plus III for the B&H site. This piece is a little more technical, with a breakdown of the increased channels to the Long Range and Repeater Modes.
Both reviews feature a handy table listing specs on everything from the display to battery life to weight. These two pieces are superb overviews for folks looking to get familiar with all the Plus III has to offer photographers new to radio triggers and pros with years of experience.
Not only does the video break down the important new features of the Plus III, but the guys did a serious amount of testing in a shoot with an athletic model, taking full advantage of the Plus III’s four subgroups to control different lighting rigs.
A second test shoot breaks down the use of Auto Relay Mode, documenting a fashion model being photographed beneath a bridge with multiple lights at various distances.
Fstoppers has put together a great page of resources on the Plus III, including their video, photos from both shoots, a written review, and shots of the triggers themselves. Don’t miss this robust review with real world production demonstrations.
You can also see Fstoppers’ full video on YouTube and Vimeo. Awesome job on this comprehensive resource, guys!