'Portrait Photography' Category

Dom Romney on Wheels or Water

Dom Romney may very well have been born in the wrong country. A native of the United Kingdom, Romney currently lives in Stansted, north of London, and is huge fan of American racing cars of all types. Heavily influenced by his father’s car collection and love of hot-rodding, the younger Romney grew up with it in his blood. Since then, experimental built-for-speed vehicles, classic muscle cars, nitro-based fire-breathing monsters, vintage restorations, and plethora of drag races involving almost anything resting on four wheels have all been photographed by Romney.

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©Dom Romney


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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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Bry Cox, Master of the Monopod

In high school, Bry Cox took every possible photography class he could to the point the teacher made up a new one so the budding photographer could continue learning. He began his college career by studying photography, and thought taking one business class would help. Cox quickly realized being a photographer means running your own business, so he switched his major and got a degree in Business. He credits this with helping him have a successful career as a photographer.

After college, he got a job at a lab, and learned to print perfect images from his negatives. Cox stayed long enough to save up for his own Hasselblads and lights. At that point he left to start his own studio.

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©Bry Cox


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Dan Bailey’s Big Adventures

While attending Berklee College of Music, Dan Bailey bought a camera. That was all it took. “I got really enamored with photography and I transitioned my mindset out of trying to get a job in the music business,” he says.

After getting a degree in Music Production and Engineering, he became an assistant editor at a stock agency in Boston for a year, then moved back to his native Colorado to pursue a career shooting. That was 14 years ago in Fort Collins. He has since moved to Alaska, where he’s been based in Anchorage for almost three years. “I’m trying to establish myself as a local photographer but also take advantage of what Alaska offers in terms of its photographic opportunities,” he explains.

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©Dan Bailey


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Making the Perfect Kayak Action Shot

We love learning about inventive ways photographers put PocketWizard gear to the test. See the Red Bull Illume video below to learn how Vitek Ludvik photographed Olympic kayaker Vavra Hradilek in action.

Ludvik mounted an Olympus E3 to the bow of a kayak using foam and duct tape. PocketWizard Plus II units were used to remotely trigger the camera as Hradilek pushed against the current in some driving water.

Now that’s an inventive way to get some compelling sports photography. If you have any unique ways you’re using PocketWizard radio triggers, feel free to let us know. You might have us asking your permission to share your story with our many readers.

Don’t forget, PocketWizard does not recommend exposing your PocketWizard gear to water. Doing so will void the warranty. PocketWizard units themselves are not waterproof. Please be careful with your investment.

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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.

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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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Video 2 of 4 – How-to: Using the AC3 ZoneController for Nikon

Mark Wallace takes you on an in-depth overview of the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon where you’ll quickly discover the importance of adding it to your equipment list. Don’t miss this great video to get all your AC3 questions answered.

How To: Using the AC3 Zone Controller for Nikon from PocketWizard on Vimeo.

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Brad Trent, Ocean Master

Brad Trent published Part One of a two part post on Strobist. Trent chronicles a recent shoot he did of singer-songwriter Nadia Ackerman for her new album. Ackerman had an idea for the cover shot, which tied into the title of the album, The Ocean Master. Her idea was to be photographed floating in water. The only problem was Ackerman’s record label, management, and anyone else you can imagine with a stake in her career success provided zero budget.

Location fees and insurance liability issues prevented shooting at any indoor pool in New York. Since it was winter, they couldn’t do it in a river in the Atlantic Ocean. Trent is a pro, and his can-do attitude doesn’t fail him on this shoot.

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Be sure to read the post and the 23 photos which illustrate it for all the details of this multiple set-up shoot. Behind the scenes photos also show Trent rocking a few PocketWizard Plus II units. Can’t wait for Part Two!

See more of Brad Trent’s innovative work at his site. Follow him on Twitter for frequent updates.

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Three Shooters, One Brand of Radio Trigger

Zack Arias and Joey L. shoot it out at the GPP 2011.

Last year’s shootout with Joey L., Zack Arias and David Hobby generated a tremendous amount of PR, and everyone was curious how Joey L. was going to top his performance. Would he be equally or even more outrageous this year? Would there be surprises? Would he shoot it seriously? Who would the audience choose as winner? Watch the video to find out the answers to these and other questions.

What really makes this video worth watching is portrait great Gregory Heisler jumping into the mix, which ramps up the competition into a three-way race. All shooters relied on PocketWizard technology to make their shots happen in the brief time they were permitted in front of a live audience.

After this year’s shoot, Arias wrote a blog post about his thought process. Check it out for greater insight to the entire event.


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Neil van Niekerk at Steinway

Last month we wrote about Neil van Niekerk’s review of the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController. Neil shows no signs of stopping his informative posts. Most recently, he’s posted a great behind-the-scenes article about a recent shoot at the Steinway Piano offices. Robert Wyatt, a pianist affiliated with Steinway, was the subject of this portrait session.

“I used multiple off-camera speedlights and different light modifiers to get portraits with impact,” van Niekerk writes. Two lighting set-ups are documented in his post. The photographer used three Nikon SB-900 speedlights, triggered by PocketWizard FlexTT5 units, including an additional one on his camera.

Ending his article with the following paragraph, van Niekerk explains a psychological benefit of using PocketWizard gear, along with total control over his desired light shaping:

“I chose to work with speedlights… because of how much control the new PocketWizard FlexTT5 allows me. Being able to change the power of each flash from my camera, made the shoot easier … and it makes me look so much more in control and cool in front of a client, when I’m not moving around, hurriedly adjusting my flashes’ individual outputs throughout the session.”

Check out Neil’s new blog and site for more info on his work.

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