Hanson Fong Video: From Classic to “Run And Gun” to Documentary…

…Hanson Fong and the new PocketWizard Mini/Flex system can handle it all! San Francisco-based wedding and portrait photographer Hanson Fong goes in front of the camera to clearly explain how the new PocketWizard system is perfect for weddings, where one minute you may be using classic portrait lighting but a minute later chasing the bride and groom like a paparazzi. And, of course, you’re not allowed paparazzi on-camera lighting. Hanson’s results are beautiful, of course, and so will yours if you follow his advice.

EDIT: Learn more about the shoot on our website.

6 Responses

  1. is he shooting w/the beta models? or the new ones?

    looking sweet. is he shooting w/the 580ex 1 or 2. any other shots from this session w/the new wizards.

  2. Hello, Danny!

    First off, shame on us for not linking to this (now edited in post above)!
    Diagrams and gear notes are there.

    Setup 1:
    Two Canon 580 EXII Flashes (Manual) with PocketWizard FlexTT5 and Hanson Fong Skin Glow on light stands, metered with Sekonic L-758DR. Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm L lens f4 with PocketWizard MiniTT1. ETTL channel 19, Classic Channel 3

    Setup 2:
    One Canon 580 EXII Flash with PocketWizard FlexTT5 on a boom. Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm L lens f4 with PocketWizard MiniTT1. The exposure was 5.6 @ 125.

    Regarding the units, they were pre-production models. Firmware-wise they were production. Hardware-wise they were about 95% production models.

    We don’t have any other shots from the session 🙂

  3. WOWSA. THANKS! im stoked to try these. mine will be coming in this thursday!

  4. what is the 5% difference from the shipped units vs what photog fong was shooting? also the rf interence w/the 580 ex 2. was he using the ferrite clamp as per recommended in the manual? there is alot of chatter on the dwf from tricoast new trial runs w/distance , and im trying to r/o if this is being used in this shoot vs thiers.

  5. danny: The 5% difference comes down to process improvements at the factory: better testing methodologies. that sort of thing. A resistor was changed on the circuit boards that improved some data communication. A tweaked method of antenna mounting was used. Hot shoe modules were toleranced slightly better. In a nutshell the shipping ones are just a skosh improved from what Hanson was using. There is really nothing in the 5% of note. That’s why it’s only 5%!

    Hanson Fong did not use the ferrite clamps, but he did use an OC-E3 cord on the backlight flash, though it may not have been needed. I just put it on there out of habit since it was in a tricky spot – behind people, right next to a metal building, out of Hanson’s line of sight. It was prudent. (I was the lighting assistant – man did I learn a lot in 40 minutes with Hanson!). His main 580EX II did not have a cord or clamp.

    The real skinny is that the 580EX (I and II) and the 430EX (just I, not the II, the II is clean) put out RF noise. You get better range with them on PocketWizards if you use the side mount I describe in the manual. You get more range if you use an OC-E3 cable as I diagram in the manual. And you get even a little more range if you use the cable and the ferrite clamp. The RF noise those flash models put out affect many radio devices similarly. But as you can see in the video and resulting shots from Hanson, not so’s you’d notice for even that mildly tricky situation if you are just a touch careful.

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