Football smacks remote camera over
Sep26

Football smacks remote camera over

the #schoolboyfootball season presses on and I’m still working on getting that Kickass remote camera image that looks hella interesting to the point that It can’t be overlooked by the sports editor. Unfortunately it still hasn’t happened as yet. The last game I covered I tried toying around with the angles a bit. Instead of putting it dead center behind the goal keeper as I’ve always done in the past i angled it from the right and it made the Image a bit more interesting. During Half time the Ball Boys for the game were playing around shooting penalty kicks and trying to save em. I made a few images out of that and got what I’m hoping to get out of the actual game well either a save attempt or an epic goal. Lady luck hasn’t graced me with the right moment just yet though. I suspect later in the season I’ll get my image though. Below we have the beginning of one of the most hilarious things I ever saw happened at a football match while shooting remotely and also explains why i’m way more comfortable using the D2h as my remote camera. A goal attempt was made by Spanish Town high school, The Kingston College goal keeper jumps to ensure he’s in the clear incase the ball dips.. it goes over the goal post wind picks up ball curves and smacks the D2h over I was concerned but still couldn’t help laughing. Here you see the d2h getting smacked over by the football. the ball must of hit the test button on the wizard or maybe the shutter button on the D2h body. It was absolutely fine though and continued to operate at 100% functionality throughout the rest of the game. That body is a solid one and made for abuse. Another thing of note when the light is right (bright and sunny) I don’t have that many concerns about image quality. once I nail the exposure of come really close to it all is well Also I get to shoot in raw with the d2h as the fps isn’t compromised due to the file size being about 3mb in raw...

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How to Setup a Remote Camera using Pocket Wizards
Sep22

How to Setup a Remote Camera using Pocket Wizards

This is gonna be a long guide to semi omni presence so lets skip my quirky banter and just dive right into it. In no order of importance the following pieces of equipment are  what I needed for me to successfully setup a remote camera and have it reliable shoot under most circumstances Equipment needed for remote camera 2 DSLR’s I shoot nikon so for me I’d be using any two of the following bodies D800, D7000, d300s or D2h. I do have a preference as to which bodies I pair though Pocket Wizard Pluss II, III, Multimax or Plus X (any will do, the multimax is best from what I now understand from using the Plus II and researching the Plus III and Multimax) Lens (I typically go wide angle as it suits my needs better) (Tokina 11 – 16 or sometimes I’ll use a nikon 18-200mm, it all depends though) Gaffer Tape (yes tape, McGyver wouldn’t have it any other way) Support System (Gorilla Pod, Super Clamp or if you got one an Fplate (something I’m contemplating picking up at some point when the budget allows)) Remote Release Cables for Pocket Wizard to Nikon 10pin and or nikon MC-DC2 Connector (I use the Flash Zebra versions, the oem pocket wizard remote cables are available as well for a few dollars more) Elastic Bands ( I actually tend to use those elastic scruchi things that i use to keep my locks out my face as they are more durable than cheap elastic band ) Camera Bag rain coat. (always something to keep from your old photo bags, they really come in handy)     Okay now that we’ve made our checklist of items required to pull of a successful remote camera setup lets walk through each element and set it up. Setting up your Remote Camera Grab your Camera’s in this case its a Nikon D300s ensure that your battery is fully charged. I use the MB-D10 battery grip so I get a boost in FPS as well as an additional battery in the camera So typically power is not an issue. Ensure your all set on storage as well, start with blank cards. and if your not doing this on a regular you should fix it. import your images make back ups and scrub your cards man it sucks when you run out of space on the job because of previous work on a card. Okay now lets get a lens on that remote camera and Do the same thing for the trigger camera as well. (i won’t walk you through that setup) Now grab both your pocket wizards set the Transmit mode to “both” from the three options...

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Tools of the Trade: Pocket Wizard MultiMax added to wishlist
Sep18

Tools of the Trade: Pocket Wizard MultiMax added to wishlist

Once upon a time I had a b&h wish list. if it were to be printed on a scroll it would extend for days. That was in my more exuberant and wanting days, where i wanted every photography accessory and light modifier that was ever made apparently. Now a days my wish list’s are more specific towards particular needs. Currently I need a sure proof method of remotely triggering a camera as long as I’m in the specified range that the transceiver is designed and rated to work. So UHF or RF noise can not be a factor. Situation Lets look at my most recent situation while photographing horse racing using a remote camera triggered by a pocket wizard plus II. What I left out of that post was the reason for the inconsistent behaviour of the pocket wizards plus II’s. The race track still transmit the races via Ultra high frequencies the pocket wizard does not like this at all. When they’re transmitting if i’m not literally beside the remote camera it does not fire. Its like talking to that really hot girl in the club with all the right lines she’d respond to but the music is too loud, guess who’s not going home solo again. What I need is quiet zone or telepathy so to speak, cut through the noise and get my message delivered  and thats where the Pocket Wizard Multimax Comes in. Solution The Pocket Wizard Multimax, At first I looked at the pocket wizard plus III units as it also had 32 channels so I thought maybe it would helped but I think it would just be more channels for me to have the same UHF issues on. So i skipped on over to the Multimax page on the Pocket wizard website and this feature grabbed my interest. Noise Sniffer and Signal Strength Indicator If a MultiMAX radio has NOT been triggered, it acts as a Noise Meter and indicates steady noise in the area. If your radio has been triggered, the Signal Strength Indicator shows the strength of the last trigger received. This is useful to gain a quick view of the local noise level in the area you intend to shoot in so you can pick a channel with less interfering noise. If the above tools indicate excessive RF interference on your Custom ID’s frequency, you now have the option to Move your Custom ID to any PocketWizard frequency for better triggering in crowded shooting environments. What is a Custom ID? It is a private digital code that no one can trigger but you. It is offered as a premium service...

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