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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Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park
Sep15

Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park

Its been quite some time since I”ve covered horse racing but like most things it was like riding a bicycle so to speak picked up right where I left off which was a boring place. I decided to make it interesting by adding a remote camera into the mix. I setup a d300s with a pocket wizard using the 10pin remote release cable. With the help of a Joby Gorrilla Pod I mounted the camera to the post on the railings on the inner ring of the track. This allowed me to get images from an angle that I’m not allowed to be during a race. I was all set I thought, D800 in crop mode for the races from my side, remote d300s with 11mm wide angle for the finish line from an interesting angle.here comes the proverbial stick in the bicycle spokes I talked about earlier. apparently my 10pin connector cable is defective, for some reason it just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to consistently. The remote camera would trigger when I’m close but as the range increased it became inconsistent and eventually just stopped. As a result I didn’t get many keepers from todays races here are the semi Interesting ones. It seems I”ll have to do some more investigating as to whats wrong with the cables, may end up having to replace em luckily they aren’t terribly expensive. You can check out the nikon 10pin connector  here . Ensure you get the right one for your camera, I’ve also got the MC-DC2 version for the d7000 I’m really hoping that one isn’t defective as well. with the exception of the remote camera the other images from the d800 came out fine as expected, I stayed in aperture priority for the most part as the light was pretty good. AF-C 5/6fps keep things in the dx crop box and all was fine. Any questions leave it in the comments below. *UPDATE* Got home did some tests with a few different camera bodies see tabs A through C below. Test A Test B Test C D300S as remote with D2h as trigger = 8 FPS* || D2h as Remote with D300s as trigger = 8 FPS D7000 as remote with D300s as trigger = 6 FPS || D300S as remote with D7000 as trigger = 6 FPS D800 as remote with D300s as Trigger = 5/6 FPS* || D300S as Remote with D800 as Trigger = 5/6 FPS Now what did I learn The Triggers work and the Cables seem to be absolutely fine, Both the 10 pin remote release connector and the MC-DC2 The slowest camera in...

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Jamaica vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier
Sep11

Jamaica vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier

Jamaica Vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier Football match held at the national stadium on tuesday september 10, 2013. The reggae boys was able to fight for a draw in the match ending Jamaica 1 – Costa Rica 1. Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson scored the equalizer for Jamaica in the latter part of the second half of the game. In my opinion it was an unexpected draw, I was really surprised it wasn’t a complete defeat. Apparently the word on the streets is Mathematically Jamaica still has a chance of qualifying for the World cup.. There is still hope however slim it may be. I’m not a huge football fan but it is intriguing to see the final outcome of Jamaica’s journey. Patiently waiting on the next match against Honduras which should ultimate decide the continuation or halt of the journey to the world cup for Jamaica. On the technical side of things I worked the match with the D300s and the 70-200 2.8. I figured the extra reach on the crop sensor would be a good idea. The main issue was the not so great iso management on the D300s. Noise was definitely an issue I even felt as if bringing the D800 and shooting in 1.2 crop would have been a better idea. I’d have lost a bit of reach on the crop but the final resolution would be higher enabling a better crop as well as the added bonus of better noise handling and faster...

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On Assignment: 2013 Grace Jackson Track and Field Meet
Jan27

On Assignment: 2013 Grace Jackson Track and Field Meet

Location: National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica Event: 2013 Grace Jackson Meet The images were all shot in Color, however they felt more impactful in black and white. The inspiration came from a post I saw on David Hobby’s Google+ page a few weeks ago. *thats right people actually use google+* Here’s a bit of behind the scenes images so to speak on my Google+...

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On Assingment: Walker Cup Football Match
Oct21

On Assingment: Walker Cup Football Match

making progress with remote shooting for football. there are still a few things that are odd for me though.. first is the exposure. its kinda tricky setting the exposure because well the lighting isn’t and can’t be constant AS its not indoor, the sun was in and out of the clouds etc.., shooting at night with the stadium lights would probably work out better because the light at that 1 remote camera spot will be constant all 90 minutes of that football game… The gorilla pod and the giottos mini bullhead was a good idea. lives up to its theoretical and now practical promise. good support with flexible usage and position. The D2h is a tad heavy for it imo but it works and stood up for both 90 minutes and overtime for the matches. “was a looooong day”. my limitations thus far though.. I need something wider than the 18mm that i got. I’ve got a 17mm but its still not that big a difference. I’m thinking Fish eye wide. maybe 10mm. There’s a Rokinon MF that I’m eyeing. its at about USD$300 if not that maybe one of the ultra wide angles from Tokina, Preferably something for FX as I hope to be transitioning from DX soon. Must say the one thing that i know for sure about sports photography its hellla expensive!! I have yet to get my own super Telephoto and thats gonna run me about USD$3000 and up for an entry level minimum to shoot for results that I want. I’ve got access to the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 but sadly not all the time. Its a beautiful lens to use, most of the images in my portfolio are when I’m using that piece of glass, I just really need to acquire my own to ensure that everything I do with regards to sports can have the same output quality and consistency.. #consistency is very important. Maybe i should put the Dreams of FX on hold and focus on the optics...

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