HOOP, HOOP, HOORAY!

Max Simbron's Hoop Shot (copyright Max Simbron)
(copyright Max Simbron)

Setting up a remote camera is old hat to seasoned PocketWizard shooters, but newcomers often have a lot of questions. Like, how do you get the correct angle? What about turning on the camera so it stays ready? And, what happens if a player is about to fall crashing down on your $8,000 digital camera as he’s being shoved out of bounds? Well, bunkies, fear no more. Max Simbron comes to our rescue, complete with an excellent explanatory blog and even a video he produced on the same subject! Way to go, Max! Link

It seems like Rocket Science but it’s just fun.

University of Denver graduate Justin Curtis Edmonds doesn’t have a job yet but he’s got some clever photographs of graduation, thanks to the ubiquitous Pocket Wizard. In his words, “I also had a camera in my hands with a Pocket Wizard so that I could fire either camera or the arena strobes from my seat. My friends and the other graduates around me were in awe of the setup that I had going and were completely astonished that I knew how to do all of that. It may seem like rocket science to others but it’s just fun to me. I made sure to get some good images of all my friends with the remotes and as soon as Facebook’s photo up-loader decides that it is going to work again they will all be able to see them.” See http://jcedmonds.blogspot.com/2008/06/apad-76-project-complete-still-jobless.html for the complete story. Incidentally, Justin, we’ll follow your career. You will surely have as much fun as a professional photographer.

You sure that’s not a fish story?

copyright Patrick J. Andres
(copyright Patrick J. Endres)

Of course it isn’t, and the photographs made by Patrick J. Endres prove it. Using a unique approach to underwater photography, Patrick lowers his camera into a lake and uncovers a hidden world of beauty. He’s been documenting the life cycle of the Copper River Sockeye Salmon and it’s truly fascinating! We don’t know of too many underwater photographers who use the Pocket Wizard, but definitely stop in to Patrick’s blog and web site to learn how and why he did it. And if you’re an underwater photographer who uses a PocketWizard, please let us know. Link

Craig Mitchelldyer’s Footswitch Sports Portraits

Talented sports shooter Criaig Mitchelldyer writes in his blog,

Today was ‘Media Day’ for the Portland Beavers, the AAA team for the San Diego Padres. Every year I shoot mugs and some portraits for the team for the program covers, etc. Every year I’m running around like a freak trying to grab different people for different photos, so this year I decided to setup a remote camera and a ring light and setup a station for the guys to shoot their own photos while I was doing other things. I hooked up a Pocket Wizard (sic) to a foot switch, so they just sat down, made whatever face and hit the foot switch. Here are a couple of my favs. 

Hey Craig, how does it feel to be a sharpshooter even when you’re not looking through the finder?
To see some more of his work check out http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=45

Bruce Bennett’s Hat Trick

You think hockey is a brutal sport? How would you like to be the photographer assigned to shoot from inside the goal net? The object is to take exciting images as two (or more) warriors battle it out in the hopes of scoring a goal. It turns out this is one of the most saleable images of hockey coverage.

What do you mean you don’t want to go into the goal net? What did the referee say when you tried? Grin. Of course you can’t go there, but your PocketWizard can. Just ask veteran sports shooter Bruce Bennett of Getty Images.

He packages up his Canon 5D and 15mm lens along with the PW inside a protective box. The rig is outfitted with a “stay awake” cable so there will be no lost time in firing the first frame. Then Bruce goes back to his regular shooting position and goes to work with, say, the 300mm lens, switching to the Pocket Wizard when the net action gets hot. Read the whole story at http://blogs.gettyimages.com/sport/2008/05/14/little-netcams-get-big-pictures/

Are you a Strobist?

If you are looking to bone up on how to do amazing things with flash off-camera, consider visiting Strobist.blogspot.com

This website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR to take your photos to the next level. 

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to more effectively use your small speedlights. There are more than 1,000 articles about lighting. Over a million photographers from around the world have learned small-flash lighting techniques from this site. We’re thinking you can, too. 

David Hobby started this blog to share his knowledge of creative problem-solving for lighting and now has an absolutely huge group of enthusiastic photographers that take great joy in shooting, learning and improving. And, you’ll find lots of PocketWizards doing interesting things with remote triggering!

You may also want to head over to their Flickr group, which at the time of writing this has 28,920 members and 111,044 photographs in the group pool.

And if that’s not enough for you, the blog is also translated into Spanish, Italian, German and Danish!

Get your creative juices flowing! Great site, great people.