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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Pocket Wizard Tutorial Video

Are you lusting after a set of PW's? Or do you already have them and want to learn how to use the relay mode? Either way, this clip ought to hook you up just fine.



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24 Comments:

Blogger Cameron Clark said...

holy photo geek video. I love you for posting this. Wow, seems totally obvious but man, what a difference a local or remote switch knowledge can make. THANKS!!!

June 12, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

that was so hot. lol :)

June 12, 2007 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are the borgs... beep. :p

June 13, 2007 12:56 AM  
Anonymous Jermaine said...

I'm getting my set tomorrow. Would've had them today, but Midwest got my address wrong. Trying to find an excuse to get off work early to meet the UPS guy so that I don't wait 'til Thursday!

June 13, 2007 2:14 AM  
Anonymous tommyleong said...

would love to see that work with CANON 580ex flash :)

June 13, 2007 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

One thing that many of the shooters on here don't take into account when selecting a remote trigger method is the absolute reliability that I get with my Pocket Wizards.

Yesterday I shot an event with a very well-known coach of a college football team at one of his youth summer camps. This was a posed shot of the coach with each individual camper, and I had about 3-5 seconds between each shot, and only got one chance for each photo.

I fired off 802 photos in a row with a set of Pocket Wizard (MultiMax) and a Nikon SB-800 on a light stand, and got 802 flash fires. That is 100.00% firing reliability, which is exactly what was required in this situation.

Do you get that type of reliability with your eBay remotes?

Richard

p.s. I can post a shot of the setup, although it is so simple it is almost boring.

June 13, 2007 6:10 AM  
Blogger alan said...

David, you never cease to amaze me. I learned of your site just before the NPPA NSC in Warwick and, after attending your session, have been practicing with the techniques you demonstrate on your site. I do, however, have to claim credit (yes, I'm bragging), for bringing to light (pun intended) the ability to use the PW in relay mode. Got to hand it to those folks, they really have a great product and geeks like us just soak that all up. I have one question; do you ever sleep? Sorry I couldn't catch your seminar in London; I was there the same week you were.

Keep up the great work; we all appreciate your efforts.

June 13, 2007 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Porn for strobists. :-P

June 13, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

once again, great video post - except this one is not just a video, i followed the link on the publishers main page to his online store, and man does he not only have great products and great prices, but he has a "web school" chock full of useful informaiton like portrait ligthing, high key, low key etc.

http://www.tallyns.com/Techtips/Techtips.htm is the url for the school directly :D

June 13, 2007 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Adam Lee Fitzgerald said...

This is sooo weird! Just yesterday, I literally searched google for "Pocket Wizards Tutorial", but found nothing really worthwhile. I even downloaded the pocket wizards instrcution manual Usually first thing I do in the AM when I get to the office is to check my favorite photo sites (Strobist usually being the first) and BAM! There it is. Kinda creepy. I'm on the fence about ordering a set before I go on vacation next week. Maybe this will make up my mind! Thanks!

June 13, 2007 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Fraser MacMannis said...

Can a Pocket wizard be set up to trigger a speed lite that is off the camera, or is this just for big strobe units

June 13, 2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are you all getting the "list" of things needed for Lighting 102? I've searched all over and can't find it. So, I take it, PW's are one of the items we need. Thanks.

June 13, 2007 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Fraser -
Yepp, a Pocket Wizard can trigger speedlites as well (Nikon, Canon, etc).

June 15, 2007 9:10 AM  
Blogger Vijay said...

Please make a video teaching how to use the 580EX flash!

June 15, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

vijay-

Uh, isn't that a... Canon... flash?

June 15, 2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

hey, i might just be slow on this whole thing but i am freaking out trying to get mine to work, not the POCKET WIZARDS but the camera, i am shooting a 30d and can't find how to make the flash manually fire ... in manual mode, therefore the PW on the hot shoe does nothing ... any help? i even read the manual ::gasp::

July 12, 2007 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video aboce appears to be busted, it only runs about 15 seconds

September 19, 2007 8:48 PM  
Blogger David said...

Anon-

That's usually a sign that you have to clear your cache. (It is playing fine for me.)

September 19, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger c said...

what do us canon people do, throw away our canon flashes? what should i buy? the IR canon thing is unreliable in my experience...does the lack of TTL hurt that much...ugh

November 02, 2007 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the video says:

"We're sorry, the video is no longer available"

Apart from that, its doesnt say much more :-).

I tried hitting it, but to no avail.

July 21, 2008 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never mind : The video now works again.

(I hit it really hard,... and emptied my cash

July 21, 2008 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard,

I just did an all day multi model shoot with a set of Phottix PT-04TM
ebay cheepies, no misfires!
and with the addition of an 1/4 wave antenna out past the makers distance of 30 meters.

July 22, 2008 5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an SB600 and 580Ex II flash with 350D. Can I use PW to fire both flashes? What will be the set-up of the PW? Insights advice are very needed. Thanks!

April 17, 2009 5:08 AM  
Blogger Summa Sumeria said...

This tutorial was so helpful to me. I couldnt get my PW's to fire off my SB900, but your extremely educational video made it so easy Now I dont remember why it didnt work in the first place.

I love your blog.

July 31, 2011 9:44 AM  

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