John B. Holbrook’s Studio Set-up

John B. Holbrook, II has been building up his lighting equipment over the past year. He recently wrote two posts on his blog, Thru My Lens, about his use of the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and the PocketWizard MiniTT1.

His site features iPhone articles and lots of photography. Although we were unable to find an email address for him on his site, we like what he’s doing, and wish him all the best as he works out with his newly-equipped home-based photography studio. Here’s a screenshot below excerpted from his post entitled “Playing With Lighting & Remote Triggers In My Watch Photo Studio.”

 

©John B. Holbrook, II; http://www.thrumylens.org

 

John B. Holbrook, II photography blog

Moshe Zusman’s Capital Compositions

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., Moshe Zusman has been passionate about photography for the past seven years. Four years ago, he left the world of second shooting and assisting behind to begin the transition to full-time professional photographer. An enthusiast of workshops, seminars and trade shows, Zusman used these resources to gain his formal training. He now teaches workshops of his own at CDIA in Washington, which is a Boston University satellite program.

©Moshe Zusman

Every so often we come across a photographer operating in an area of professional work where we’ve come to expect a certain level of competence and typical array of stock poses or compositions only to find they are turning those conventions on their head. Zusman is one such shooter. Largely working as a wedding photographer, his groupings of wedding parties, the posing of couples, and the textural compositions he puts together are tasteful, yet uncommon. Many of his images remind one of well-crafted paintings, rather than informal portraits. His eye for building these shots is uncanny, and his average wedding shot is something many young couples would be fortunate to have one or two of in their albums.

©Moshe Zusman

Some of Zusman’s well-crafted larger group shots don’t come easily. “I’ll probably snap a few candids, but when it comes to doing the photos that I was going to do, I will pose each and every one of them,” he says. “It takes about maybe ten minutes; up to ten minutes to pose a group of up to twenty people. I love doing that. Those are the photos my couples end up hanging up on their wall, versus the bouquet and flowers and all that.”

©Moshe Zusman

Zusman credits social networking as being pivotal in the success of his photography business. “Right after WPPI three years ago, I came back home and I really implemented a lot of what I heard there. It really worked,” he says. Self-marketing has risen high in his priorities, and he regularly attends many events. He also posts photos online within an hour of when they were taken, fully edited and tagged.

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As an instructor, Zusman finds himself still learning from other shooters. “I always look at other photographer’s work and I get inspired. I try not to copy them but I just need to get inspired by ideas and I don’t think anyone here invented the wheel but we definitely make it right,” he explains. He also credits his students as being a source of new ideas, and considers his own style as being fluid and changing regularly.

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Moving across genres, Zusman not only shoots weddings, but also corporate and food photography, to name but just two more. “Weddings have always been my passion and always will be,” he declares. “I try to bring the same ideas I do in weddings to keep things edgy. As you know, I’m a big fan of breaking the rules in photography, so I’ll definitely blow up a photo if I have to, if I want to. I sort of bring all that into corporate photography as well to the corporate level.” His corporate work largely comes about by word of mouth referrals.

©Moshe Zusman

His main camera body is a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, and for manual focusing jobs, he sticks with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which is often employed for architectural shots. He exclusively shoots digitally, and has never shot film.

“I switched to prime lenses about two years ago,” Zusman says, although he still shoots a variety of zooms, citing the 70-200mm as his favorite. All his images are run through Adobe Lightroom. He credits enhancement work in the red and blue color channels as being critical to his saturation levels and overall look.

©Moshe Zusman

For off-camera lighting, Zusman relies on three or four Canon 580EX II Speedlites. He fires his lights with PocketWizard MultiMAX units and the FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 combination. “The PocketWizards are helping me control the lighting. I used to try the infrared with the Canon ST-E2 units. They just did not do it. The PocketWizards are really freeing me from having to have other people turn things on and off. I can turn channels on and off. Now with the new FlexTT5, I will be able to really work in TTL mode. I love working with those. They free me as far as range of where I can go with my lights. I never had a problem. PocketWizards are probably the one thing that works perfectly. Better than anything else, and I mean that. From battery life to accuracy and consistency, those are my favorite products in the camera bag.”

©Moshe Zusman

In addition to teaching and composing his impressive images, Zusman is working toward opening a photography studio in Washington. If he has any advice for other photographers, it’s not nuts and bolts how-to tips about gear. “I always tell people if you want to be successful before becoming a professional photographer, just become a professional human being,” he says. “I think you need to be a good person, a nice person, and the rest will follow. That’s my mantra.”

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Written by Ron Egatz

DPB MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Review

Mark Stagi recently published a review of the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and the FlexTT5 on his Digital Photo Buzz site. He gives a solid overview of what both products do. It’s a great place to pick up what the fundamentals of this triggering technology is all about.

Stagi covers HyperSync technology and gives reasons why he upgraded from the PocketWizard Plus II units he’s relied on for the past two years. Be sure to check out the review and the rest of his site.

Clane Gessel’s Before and After

Seattle-area wedding photographer Clane Gessel has posted a few cool photos showing what the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 have done to his photography.

Be sure to check out his blog and his site for more examples from this photographer who employs the tagline “celebrate your life.”

Joe McNally’s on the D-low!

We know you’ve been wanting to see more. We know you’ve been wanting to know how they work.

Joe McNally has a set.

Joe McNally did a test.

Please watch this blog, our site, and Joe’s blog for further developments.

MAC Group Announces $25 Rebate in USA on Mini/Flex for Canon Sept-Aug, 2010

Wow, sometimes our distributors can come up with some funny stuff!

Check out the video they made announcing a promotion in the USA over on the MAC Group blog.

The Caytons and Their PocketWizards

Husband and wife photography team Sean and Cathy Cayton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, have a new blog post about the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and the FlexTT5.

Stating he usually doesn’t do product reviews, Sean calls the system “my new best friend, seriously.” Looks like this wedding photography team is just beginning to enjoy their entry into the world of PocketWizard. Congrats, and welcome, Catyons!

©Sean and Cathy Cayton, caytonphotojournal.blogspot.com