Posts Tagged ‘PlusX’

Jaime de Diego Freezes His Subjects in Their Tracks

Born in Stuttgart Germany, but raised since knee-high in Madrid Spain, Jaime de Diego is fluent in Spanish but admittedly awful in German. None-the-less, in the span of the past dozen years Jaime has managed to turn his teen-years passion for motor sports and photography into a career as a sports photographer with a weak spot for motorcycles. Never quite one for sitting about, Jaime grew up mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing and hiking. Throw photography into the mix and you have the makings of a natural-born sports shooter.

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Having paid his dues running here, there, and everywhere photographing running, biking, and motorcycle championship races, Jaime has slowly built a client list of equipment manufacturers that actually pay him to photograph their products for brochures and advertising needs. Early on, Jaime came to terms with the fact if he wanted to play with the big boys, i.e., satisfy the needs of his clients, he would have to step up his game.

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de Diego first realized he needed wireless triggers while shooting his first assignment for Runners World Spain. Part of the job involved photographing a runner on a dark road at night. Though he got the shots he was after, he vowed to never again light a night scene, static or running down a road using an on-camera flash and the headlights of his car.

Nowadays Jaime shoots in the studio and on location with Canon EOS 1DX cameras, and depending on the particulars of the assignment, Elinchrom and/or Quantum flash systems outfitted with Lastolite light modifiers. Regardless of the particulars, his lights are triggered wirelessly using PocketWizard radios.

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© Jaime de Diego

Capturing dazzling, in-your-face photographs of runners, bikers, and other fast-moving subjects is not always easy. Even when down-shifting into tight turns, motorcycles move fast and create a dust-up as they blow by your camera and regardless of how bright the skies may be, you need flash if you want to truly stop the action.

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© Jaime de Diego

When shooting fast-action sports and studio assignments within the sync speed parameters of his camera system Jaime relies on his PocketWizard Plus III and PlusX flash triggers. For shots that require flash sync speeds faster than the 1/250th-second sync speed cap of his DSLRs, Jaime taps into the HyperSync® feature of his FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 radio transceivers s in order to ramp the camera’s top sync speed upwards of 1/8000th-second. Once set to HyperSync, Jaime can stop anything that passes his camera lens as well as shoot at the widest lens apertures. Combined with fill-flash, he can also darken blue skies to near black when needed in order to make his subject seemingly pop from the background.

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Even when shooting stylized portraits and products in the studio, Jaime de Diego incorporates PocketWizard radio triggers into his workflow simply because they are dependable, predictable and simple to use.

The following is a Behind the Scenes video of one of Jaime’s recent shoots using the Plus III Transceiver.

To date, most of Jaime de Diego’s clients are made up of the Spain-based affiliates of larger international corporations such as Adidas Spain, Nike Spain, Under Armour Spain, BMW, and Repsol. Jaime de Diego’s primary goal these days goal is to move into the international arena. Based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s little reason why he shouldn’t accomplish that goal.

(Note – When last seen Jaime was busy brushing up on his German, English, French, Japanese, …)

To see more of Jaime de Diego’s work, check out his website or like him on Facebook.

To learn more about the benefits of getting your flash off your camera and triggering it remotely, please visit www.pocketwizard.com/freeyourflash

All images, videos, and quotes in this post are used with permission and © Jaime de Diego 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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PocketWizard Fall Rebates (U.S. Only)

MAC Group, the U.S. distributor for PocketWizard Photo Products, announces a Fall Rebate Program. From now until November 30, 2013 you can receive money back on all your favorite transmitters and transceivers.

Get $15 off your purchase of a Plus®X or Plus® III.

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Get $25 off your purchase of a MiniTT1® or FlexTT5®.

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How it Works
Purchase one or more of the items above from your local PocketWizard dealer in the United States. Save the receipt and send it along with the filled out rebate form, which can be found via this page, and the original silver product label(s) from product packaging to this address:

PocketWizard Fall Rebate
Dept # MG13-9454
P.O. Box 472
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0472

You can receive money off each radio purchased. There is no limit!

If you’re wondering which PocketWizard radio unit is best for you you can read more about them here:

Offer available in the U.S. only.

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Dave Hahn on Remote Camera Triggering

We’re seeing more and more great work by photographers dusting off their old camera bodies and utilizing them to help cover more action via remote camera triggering. Particularly useful at sporting events, here’s another talented shooter, Dave Hahn, getting different angles for his photojournalism business, CSI Photo in the New York metro area.

We previously covered Dave’s remote camera triggering indoors. Check out all the outdoor images as Dave explains how he executes remote camera triggering in his own words.

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©Dave Hahn

Sure, one of the biggest features with PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers is the zones, but when you start looking at some of the additional features the transceivers pack into them, you’d be amazed!

Since you’ve upgraded your DSLR and your Rebel is now collecting dust, you may want to think a little differently. Remote cameras could be the way to go for you. PocketWizard has a couple of great transceivers to start you on your way.

First, there is the PlusX. This is an upgrade from the Plus II with six additional channels. The PlusX is an excellent choice to get you started, and priced just under 100 bucks. But before you dive in, you might want to consider the Plus III. Ed. note: The Plus III, with 32 channels and Quad-Zone triggering, was intended as a replacement to the Plus II. However, the PlusX is a good replacement, as well.

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May Tech Tip: What’s That For, PocketWizard?

“Somebody To Love”

This year’s camera body is amazing! It’s your main squeeze, your baby, your precioussssss! What to do with last year’s camera body; Old Black Betty? Occasionally you tote it around as a spare, “just in case something happens.” 99 times out of 100, nothing ever happens. It sits in the bag patiently waiting for you, vibrating the dust off its little sensor joyfully, gleeful at being powered up for maybe the second time this year. It’s making sad little puppy-dog eyes at you right now, actually, but you can’t see it buried among all the spare radios, batteries, and flashes. Poor thing!

Photo ©Chris Valites. Eyes by Steve Miller.

Photo ©Chris Valites. Eyes by Steve Miller.

Make it happy and put it to work! At your next wedding or ball game, use it for a little self-serve photo booth. While your customers enthusiastically mash a big red button and take nicely framed and beautifully lit self-portraits, you’re off making artful money shots somewhere else. The masses are entertained and you have one more folder on the DVD you can deliver, or one more line item to offer in your package deals, setting yourself apart as a dynamic photographer.

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Mark Wallace Rides with the PlusX

Mark Wallace demonstrates a fun setup he used to take portraits of himself riding a motorcycle in this quick video. Originally part of a Webinar we aired in March to help intro the features of the PlusX, you can get the entire 49 minute video in the PocketWizard Webinar archive.

mark-wallace-plusxWith his 1DS Mark II securely attached to a rig on the back of a car, Mark has an assistant fire the car-mounted camera using a PocketWizard PlusX. On their way back, they add a strobe to the mix, also fired by the PlusX.

Check it out above and see more of Mark’s videos on Snapfactory.

All video and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Mark Wallace, 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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Plus III vs. PlusX Comparison on SOSKIphoto

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SOSKIphoto poses the question that I’m sure more than a few photographers have been asking: “Does the new PlusX offer enough bang-for-the-buck or is the Plus III a better buy?”

Helpfully, they offer a side by side comparison of the features of the two triggers and suggest target users for each. They write, “With the PlusX’s top notch build quality, updated feature set, and friendly price, there is no denying that this radio trigger will take the Strobist market by storm.”

Which trigger is right for you? Read the full post to find out.

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©SOSKIphoto, 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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Scott Wyden and Friends Test the PlusX

Scott Wyden Kivowitz recently gave a presentation entitled Photography Studio Lighting on a Budget for the Google+ community of New Jersey photographers. Held at Dynalite’s Union, New Jersey studio, studio portraiture was demonstrated and practiced with Dynalite’s hardware triggered by PocketWizard PlusX radios.

After Scott’s presentation was over, students practiced studio portraiture using the Dynalite gear and PlusX radio triggers. Scott put together a quick video of student impressions on the PlusX.

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Dan Bailey’s Snow Biking with Flash

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©Dan Bailey

We’ve covered Dan Bailey several times on the PocketWizard blog. One of his most recent posts is a great behind-the-scenes look at how to execute flash photography with snow biking as the subject.

Hoping to catch the sunset through a spot of second-growth trees, yet have the rider and bike properly illuminated, Bailey triggered a TritonFlash with two PocketWizard PlusX radios.

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Check out the post for behind-the-scenes shots, final images, and all the gear info you could want. Get more of Dan’s Alaskan action shots on his blog and site.

 

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Floor-Mounted Remotes Made Easy

Elite Eight! Buckeyes Advance with 81-66 Win Over Bearcats

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Dave Hahn is a Freelance photographer based in the New York metro area. His primary focus is sports and action photography. Below, Dave explains how he sets up floor-mounted cameras during basketball games using both PocketWizard’s new PlusX transceiver and the Plus III.

If you’re new to remote photography hopefully this will help explain how easy it can be using a camera mounting plate I developed, combined with a couple of transceivers from the folks at PocketWizard.

March 23, 2013: 2013 Women's NCAA Tournament - University of Idaho @ UConn - Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Connecticut. Mandatory Credit: David W. Hahn / CSI: Photo

March 23, 2013: 2013 Women’s NCAA Tournament – University of Idaho @ UConn – Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Connecticut. Mandatory Credit: David W. Hahn / CSI: Photo

Here I’m going to talk about setting up remote cameras for basketball using both the PlusX and Plus III radios triggers. In the image to the right, you can see my set-up for the Women’s NCAA basketball tournament at UConn. The camera was mounted to a plate called a “fplate” (floor plate) and a Plus III was used to trigger the camera from the opposite side of the court.

If you’re new to remote photography, the newly-released PlusX is a great way to go. The benefits of the PlusX transceivers are affordability. It’s the first time PocketWizard radios break the $100 barrier. Next is, its simplicity in design and ease of use. The Plus II’s had only four channels to work with, sometimes making difficult to find an open channel when there are other photographers working the same event. The PlusX radios have ten channels. 1-4 will work with all the older models. With the addition of channels 5-10 you now have six low-use channels that will also work with the Plus III’s and the MultiMAX radios. Setting the channels on the PlusX transceivers is as easy as turning a dial.

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Boom! Dan Bailey on the PlusX

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“The PlusX is a trigger,” adventure photographer Dan Bailey writes, “No more, no less. One button, knob. Connect to flash/camera, turn it on, set the channel and boom. You’re ready to fire. Boundless creative options.”

Dan recommends our newest trigger for two types of photographers. “At $99 each,” he writes, “the new PlusX is by far the best value for a radio trigger. It’s the perfect choice for photographers who are just entering the world of radio remotes, as well as shooters who just need more triggers because they keep getting more lights.”

Read the whole article on his blog and take a look at his adventure photography at danbaileyphoto.com.

 

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