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The New Technology Alliance between Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic

It’s a beautiful thing when children play together nicely in the playground. Same can be said for photographic gear manufactured by different companies that are ‘guaranteed’ to work flawlessly together when you’re out on assignment. If you shoot for a living you’re well aware how persnickety mixed dancing between photo gear of mixed lineage can be, even when the company’s website and sales rep says otherwise.


The Technology Alliance, a photo industry consortium consisting of Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic, is out to put an end to all this nonsense. In it’s first official act it has announced that as of May 2014, select Bowens monolights, Sekonic flash meters, and PocketWizard remote triggering devices will, moving forth, speak the same language and perform as advertised on the job. They will play together nicely in the playground too. This launch is focused on the USA and applies to radio units and modules that are FCC-licensed in the USA.

By incorporating PocketWizard Bowens GEM Receiver modules which insert into Bowen’s Gemini-series 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro and 1500Pro-series of monolights (As of May 2014), Bowens has joined the ranks of other lighting manufacturers (Profoto, Dynalite, Photogenic, & Norman) who have also chosen PocketWizard as their wireless triggering system of choice.801-131_Front_34

The PocketWizard Bowens GEM Receiver modules used in Bowens Gemini monolights is thoroughly compatible with all existing PocketWizard transmitters. When used with a PocketWizard Plus III or MultiMAX all 32 channels and QuadZones can be accessed. When using PocketWizard PlusX, remote triggering is limited to channels 1 through 10. PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units can also trigger and select zones when used with Bowens new PocketWizard-equipped Gemini monolights.

In addition to the latest versions of Bowens 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro, and 1500Pro monolights, all existing PocketWizard remote triggering devices will work fluently within the system as will Sekonic’s L-478DR and L-758DR flash meters. Earlier Sekonic meters can also be used by syncing to any PocketWizard transmitter or transceiver, which are available separately.

To mark the occasion and lend a smatter of branding into the mix, a special edition PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver in “Bowens’ accent yellow” is now available, and they are the same price as the existing black Plus III Transceivers.

To celebrate the “technology Alliance”, Bowens has launched a promotion where purchasers of Bowens Gemini R or Pro monilights or kits can get one free BowensGEM Module per monolight until June 30, 2014. Details here. PocketWizard-manufactured BowensGEM Radio Modules will be available in the USA at authorized dealers starting on or around May 21, 2014.



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PocketWizard Plus III Firmware Update!

The PocketWizard Plus III, one of the most popular models in our current line of products, has new firmware available in the form of version 1.200!

PocketWizard Plus IIIOne of the most noticeable differences to be found in the new firmware is the new system to monitor battery level. In our previous firmware, battery level was conveyed solely by color, but in firmware revision 1.200 we have changed this to be more intuitive and even easier to read. Now when the battery is between full and fifty percent the Status LED will blink green once, when between fifty and twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink amber twice, and when below twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink red three times.

Along with the improved battery indicator we have also made adjustments that improve communications between the Plus III and the MultiMax as well as improved compatibility with several older flash models. To read about these changes read the Plus III Firmware 1.200 release notes.

To update your radio simply plug your radio via USB into your computer and open the latest PocketWizard Utility (version 1.54) and the option to update will come up automatically. If you do not have the latest PocketWizard Utility, find it on our Downloads page.

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Erik Valind’s Small Flash Workshop Tour

Erik Valind, previously featured on our blog, has an exciting workshop currently roaming the country through October. If you’re looking for instruction on fast and mobile applications of off-camera flash, this looks to be your ticket.

Valind will have live models and will cover the following topics:

  • The characteristics of light and how it behaves
  • Creative ways to control and direct light using modifiers on- and off-camera
  • Camera settings that control light
  • Wireless triggering using PocketWizard radios
  • Gelling your flash for both color correction and dramatic effect
  • Practical tips to help you overcome some of the most common worst-case lighting scenarios

Full details on Shaping Light: A Small Flash Workshop Tour can be found here, including dates and locations.

Valind is the master of not carting around huge lighting rigs and getting top-shelf professional results from PocketWizard radios and speed lights.  For more information on Erik, visit his site.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Erik Valind, 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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PocketWizard’s Thriving flickr Community

flickrTo date, the PocketWizard group on flickr has over 3,500 members and 27,000 photos. Looking at their group pool, it becomes immediately obvious the PocketWizard radios can go anywhere, do anything, and help create any effect.

Here you can see PocketWizard radio triggers at work on the beach, in the studio, in boxing rings, and on rooftops. Subjects range from babies to beer, from extreme sports to engagement portraits. Lighting styles include ethereal, poppy, dramatic, subtle, and just plain awesome.

The group also has an active discussion page. It’s here members help each other figure out the best and most effective ways to use their PocketWizard radios. Take a look for some inspiration and to post a photo of your own!


This 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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Capturing a Moment with WCAX

PocketWizard on WCAXGina Bullard’s story for WCAX on LPA Design, the creators of PocketWizard technology, is now available for all to see. Part four of a four-part series on Vermont photography, Bullard interviews PocketWizard’s Dave Schmidt, and gets a demonstration of PocketWizard radios, including sitting in on a photo shoot at LPA headquarters.

The story includes some great images and a slick four and a half-minute video showing off what all that Vermont technology can do. Check it out now to learn what goes on by the mad scientists of the photography radio airwaves in South Burlington.

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High Speed Sync Webinar

Join professional photographer Mark Wallace as he teaches you about using High Speed Sync and FP Sync with your PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. High Speed Sync allows you to shoot in bright sunlight with larger apertures for shallow depth-of-field. This is crucial information for people who shoot weddings, events or any outdoor situations with a flash where depth of field is key! Mark will show you what High Speed Sync is, how to turn it on, and how to use it to your advantage when shooting outside. Tune in live to ask questions and get answers from Mark Wallace!


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Location Lighting Workshops with Rick Friedman

Here’s an update on the Rick Friedman Location Lighting Workshops we’ve been hearing so many good things about. New dates below.

To learn about portable lighting techniques that have enabled Rick Friedman to capture his on location, award-winning imagery around the world, sign up and join in for one of his upcoming workshops. One of the key things that he will share in a “very hands-on way” is how to better control your lighting. This dynamic, intensive, interactive seminar is designed for portrait photographers, photojournalists, corporate and event photographers, wedding photographers, and serious amateurs who want to improve their knowledge of illumination and light. If you attend Rick’s class, you can plan on leaving feeling empowered to capture great images no matter what lighting situation you come up against!

This workshop begins with creating interesting light with one Speedlight, progresses through using multiple Speedlites with many different light modifiers, using grip equipment, adding colors to your images and ends with mixing both Speedlights and studio strobes. Rick teaches using both Nikon and Canon.

Workshop Schedule:

  • December 12th & 13th Calumet, San Francisco
  • December 16th &17th Calumet, LA
  • January 15th Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ
  • February 11th & 12th Rick Friedman Studio, Boston
  • March 12th & 13th Midwest Photo, Columbus, OH
  • March 31st & April 1st Calumet, Cambridge, MA
  • April 6th & 7th Calumet, Chicago

Spring 2012:

  • Glazer’s Photo, Seattle
  • White House News Photographers Association, Washington, DC

Visit Calumet Location Lighting Workshops for info on “Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman.” To see Rick’s work and read what other workshop attendees say about Rick’s workshops please visit his site.

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PocketWizard Launches Major ControlTL Firmware Update

PocketWizard users are responding more and more to using off-camera flash at incredible shutter speeds — speeds photographers have been dreaming about since the dawn of flash photography itself. From stopping powdered snow surrounding a professional snowboarder to freezing water droplets as a diver enters a pool, shooters around the world are exploring new worlds of creativity with PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology.

In the recent past, the PocketWizard blog has showcased photographers like Tom Bol, Dave Black, and Chris O’Connell, all of whom are exploiting HyperSync to get shots impossible with any other system.

©Dave Black


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LPA Design’s New Home

For years, the team of developers and engineers at LPA Design, the company behind the PocketWizard brand of photo products, lived in a growing maze of offices on the second floor of a small strip mall. The sound of doors banging shut as people moved about was continuous. This was not a space outsiders were invited to and the few who did visit over the years were left mostly with a memory of the smell of the sandwich shop below. It was time for a move.

LPA’s new home in South Burlington, Vermont.


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Vermont Looks at PocketWizards

The Burlington Free Press has a new story about a local business. That local business just happens to be LPA Design, inventor and manufacturer of PocketWizard technology, located in South Burlington.

The article is definitely worth a read, as it gives the seminal history of how the PocketWizard wireless triggering came to be. Who knew, back at a 1995 NBA All-Star game, the fledgling technology would be given its first test after someone’s zealous use of a multitool’s blade?

We won’t give away the full story, but it’s an exciting read, especially for anyone who’s had to scramble and make technology work in a hurry.

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