Posts Tagged ‘AC3 ZoneController’

HyperSync and the Classic Norton

Dave Schmidt has shared his passion for Norton bikes in the past. Here’s his account of his latest shoot with a Norton motorcycle utilizing HyperSync® technology.

Take One, no flash F/4 1/1000, ISO 100. ©David Schmidt

Take One, no flash, F/4, 1/1000, ISO 100. ©David Schmidt

Personal Experience
We never seem to have enough time to shoot around here but testing the new firmware was a good excuse to take some pictures. It worked out well as our friends at the Classic Bike Experience had a beautifully restored ’69 Norton Commando they wanted some pictures of and dropped it off at our studio for a few days. (We photographed another Commando in 2011 and wrote about it here). Click here for a Behind-the-Scenes look at the shoot.


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Laura Barisonzi’s HyperSync Dance

We’ve been fans of Laura Barisonzi’s environmental portraits for years, and enjoy seeing what she’s up to at any given point in time. She has an ongoing personal project entitled Dance, and she took a few minutes out to share with our readers how she pulled off one of the images. Here’s a breakdown of the process for this shot in her own words.

An image from Laura Barisonzi's ongoing project, "Dance." ©Laura Barisonzi

An image from Laura Barisonzi’s ongoing project, “Dance.” ©Laura Barisonzi

I had scouted this alcove at a Manhattan park location up to a year before the shoot and had it in my head for a long time as somewhere for a dramatic shot. Once I began my personal project on dance, this location was at the top of my list for locations which could convey some of the formality of a theater or stage, but still have the grit and interest of being outside in an urban setting.


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Matt Hill’s Paper Burlesque & Night Paper Project (NSFW)

My colleague Matt Hill has succeeded in fusing his two main artistic passions, night photography and cut paper art, in his ongoing project entitled Night Paper. It’s been exciting to watch him find the heart of this amalgamation, and even more exciting, it has culminated (for the time being) in a live art experiment in New York. Read his own account of the execution and find full details of how you can witness this in person below.

©Matt Hill

©Matt Hill

NIGHT PAPER is a personal project I started dreaming about over five years ago and began executing last July. It’s the combination of long exposures at night and surreal, hand-cut paper fashions. I live for playing with time-dialtion and by introducing portraiture at night, especially when they are only wearing paper, makes for a visually challenging combination of the practices. I’m constantly surprised by how well they blend and continue to evolve together. And, it must be said, all of these images are done in-camera. There are no composites in this series. Also, since this involves tasteful nudity in the context of fine art, you may want the NSFW warning if you are in the wrong place…


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PocketWizard AC3 Promotion to Celebrate Wedding Season


Here’s the press release from the recently-announced AC3 ZoneController promotion. Photographers who purchase one new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and a FlexTT5 in the USA between April 19 and July 31, 2013 will receive a free AC3 ZoneController.

White Plains, NY – April 25, 2013 – MAC Group, the U.S. Distributor of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces a limited-time offer to help photographers improve the quality of their off-camera flash pictures for the upcoming wedding season.

AC3ZCThis new mail-in program, available only in the USA, runs from April 19 through July 31, 2013. It offers a free PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController ($79 value) to photographers who purchase a new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 or two FlexTT5 radios for either Canon or Nikon camera systems and then complete and send in the special form.

“Wedding photographers capture some of life’s most important moments,” said Phil Bradon, PocketWizard’s USA Marketing Manager at MAC Group. “Capturing the perfect, romantic image is the goal and that’s why today’s top photographers go a step beyond the ordinary by removing the speedlights from their cameras and taking control of the off-camera flash, automatically or manually, with PocketWizard radios. This year’s wedding-season promotion not only makes it more affordable for photographers to move up to PocketWizard radios, but also to say ‘I do’ to off-camera flash.”

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios can be used to trigger any combination of TTL or manual flash units placed wherever desired, to illuminate the subject or scene being photographed. The PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController is the finishing touch that provides simple, finger-tip control of light output from three separate zones (A, B, C) of flashes or groups of flash units mounted on Flex TT5 transceivers, in either automatic-exposure or manual control.

For more information about PocketWizard’s Wedding Season Promotion and to get the offer form, go to

About PocketWizard
Incorporating the latest radio technology, PocketWizard radio triggers exceed the demands of the professional and serious amateur photographer with durability, ease of use, advanced capabilities and legendary reliability. PocketWizard products, including the PLUS®X, PLUS® III, PLUS® II, MultiMAX®, MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by distributors around the world including the MAC Group in the USA.

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Mark Shaiken’s Athletes

Catching Air | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Catching Air | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Mark Shaiken is a Kansas City photographer who aims to “tell stories, one image at a time.” For his athletes series, he’s using HSS to capture the action. Here is a story he wanted to share about his shooting told in his own words.

I use my FlexTT5’s to take shots of developing athletes in action, whether on the track, at a lacrosse field, a baseball field, a motocross course, a climbing rock, a boxing facility, etc.

Adding light is absolutely essential to get the look I’m going for. I can control the ambient light, adjusting for ISO, aperture, and speed, and then add light to the athlete for the “look.” I had heard of McKenzie and her hurdling and thought showing her from below, as she went over the gate, would be a good, unique perspective. We were lucky the Kansas skies cooperated that day.


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Doug Gordon Video on Off-Camera Lighting

Photographer and photo educator Doug Gordon breaks down a bridal portrait session in this 12+ minute video. He explains how he dials in different intensities from his lights directly from his camera with the PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1, and the AC3 ZoneController.

Gordon’s premise is to have his system as stripped down and foolproof as possible. Stressing the total lighting control he can achieve from behind the camera, Gordon shows how different lighting setups work with slightly different bridal poses to achieve astonishingly different portraits.

You can learn more about Gordon’s workshops on his site, creativeLIVE, and his YouTube channel.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Doug Gordon, 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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Joe Hawksley at the Gym


©Joe Hawksley

Joel Hawksley, a photographer for The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, IL, spends a lot of time in the gym. He’s not working out; he’s setting up lights. Fortunately for shooters everywhere, he’s taken the time to show how he does it in an informative post on his blog.

Hawksley goes into serious detail, all in one page, and explains how he does everything to make high school gym athletes look like superstars. The gear he literally lays out in this blog post include the PocketWizard PowerMC2, the FlexTT5, and the AC3 ZoneController.

This blog post provides dozens of large photos, including many behind-the-scenes shots. Watch what Hawksley does to light up big places. You won’t be sorry.

Don’t miss the full post. See more of Hawksley’s work on his site.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Joe Hawksley, 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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Paul D’Andrea’s HyperSync Portrait

Paul D'Andrea

© 2012 Paul D’Andrea

Paul D’Andrea is an Indianapolis-based photographer whose work runs the gamut from portraits and events to fine art. He even helps run one of the few photography galleries in the city, M10 Studio and Gallery. Here, he gives us the details behind an outdoor portrait he made with a little help from HyperSync®.

When making a portrait I have to decide how to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject. I might do this with a simplified background, a composition that frames the subject, or it might be with a shallow depth of field or a difference in exposure (making the subject brighter than the backdrop).

For an outdoor portrait, using a shallow depth of field often precludes the use of studio lights and exposure in pulling the subject off the background. With a maximum sync speed of 1/250th of a second for the studio lights, I need to choose an aperture to match the ambient exposure, this might be f/11 or f/16 on a sunny day, which won’t provide a very shallow depth of field. Enter HyperSync, which allows me to have both a shallow depth of field and large light modifiers.


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Stephanie Zettl’s Backlit Ballerina Portrait


© 2012 Stephanie Zettl

Wedding and portrait photographer Stephanie Zettl, author of The Nikon Speedlight Handbook, strives to tell stories through her photos. In this post, Stephanie shares some behind the scenes details from a senior portrait session, giving us the how and why of how she got the shot.

Good portrait photography tells a story about your subject. Both your location and your style of lighting will have an impact on the story you tell and the way you tell it. Being a good portrait photographer requires you to make conscious decisions about your lighting to tell a story properly.

Mandy is a talented, intelligent, and accomplished young lady with big dreams. When she showed up for her senior portrait session with a beautiful red dress and a pair of black pointe ballet shoes, I knew I wanted to highlight her elegant form and still give her a sense of strength and power. An old vacant church with large stone pillars proved the perfect backdrop to convey that sense of strength.


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Fstoppers’ Gifts for Photographers

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Looking for gifts for a photographer in your life? Take a look at Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide. Each week, they’ll be releasing a new list of photography gifts in different price ranges. Their first installment, the under $100 dollar category, features a bunch of gift ideas sure to make any photographer smile (lens mugs for everyone!).

We’re proud to say the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController made the list. Here’s what they have to say:

“Many photographers will already have a PocketWizard, but if they don’t have a ZoneController, this is a great gift for them. When you add the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController to your on-camera MiniTT1® Transmitter or FlexTT5® Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot.”

In the $100 – $200 category, meanwhile, you’ll find the PocketWizard Plus® III.

“If the photographer in your life uses off-camera flash, having a pair of PocketWizards makes all the difference. There are a lot of cheap knockoff brands out there, but if you want to show you care you’ll go for the real thing. You can also use them to remotely trigger the camera itself, so that’s great fun for photo booths or unusual angles.”

Check out the list on Fstoppers.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Fstoppers, 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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