Win a Free Set of PocketWizards

UPDATE: I asked for a little clarification on the means of off-camera flash trigger allowed for the contest and got the following answer: ANYTHING. That means, PW's, Ebay remotes, sync cords (ironically), Nikon CLS, Canon eTTL, voice-activated test-button-pusher during a time exposure -- ANYTHING.

Yeah, I'm pretty much thinking that headline got your attention. It's Christmas in July, baby, and Santa is bringing the Plus II's. Keep reading after the jump for all of the details...

Flash back a coupla months ago, when the folks at PocketWizard check in to say how much they like what's been going on with this group, and want to know what they could do to help keep the party rolling.

"Weeeell," I suggested, "You could always buy us some beer give away some PW Plus II's to the readers. I'm sure they would like that."

And they're like, "Okay, cool."

And I'm like, "Really?"

And they're like, "Really."

So Strobist and PocketWizard are teaming up to do just that. If you did not know already, there is actually a PocketWIzard blog. And it's not one of those stuffed-shirt corporate weenie blogs, either -- they are having some fun with it. They just ran an SI Swimsuit Issue body painting video, for instance.

(Hey, it's legit. Some of those photos were shot with PWs. Right? Right?)

But they've been watching your Strobist videos, too. And even without the benefit of (technically nekkid) supermodels, they like 'em. In fact, they're looking to feature some of 'em up on the PW blog. So they want to prime the pump more wireless flash videos to show off the cool stuff they are doing and help to educate other shooters.

(As if you guys needed any more encouragement...)

Basically, they are looking for wireless flash how-to -- and show-off -- videos on YouTube. Doesn't even have to be PocketWizard-branded remotes. Just cool stuff done with wireless flash. So you "Poverty Wizard" folks who have been pining for a set of Plus II's might get to shoot your way to a free pair.

Heck, they don't even have to be videos -- still-photo slide shows with voiceovers are eligible, too. Fair warning, you'll probably have to be pretty creative to win one of the sets. But what the heck, you may as well try. You have several chances to win -- the monthly contest runs through November.

To enter, your video needs to be tagged "pocketwizardstrobist" (one word). That's it. Pre-existing videos can be entered simply by adding the tag. (Not yet, Bert, at least finish reading this post first.)

Rules, from PocketWizard:
Once a month, free pair of PW Plus II will be awarded to the best video on YouTube of a photo shoot detailing creative use of wireless triggering. Video can be live video or, a series of still photos with voiceover and clear explanation of how wireless triggering was used.

Creativity with wireless triggering is key to this contest. Show us your best, most creative use of going wireless with radio triggering. And detail, detail, detail! Explain your setup well so everyone can understand what it took to make your vision come alive.

All videos must be tagged "pocketwizardstrobist" to qualify. The judging panel will be David Hobby of Strobist and Phil Bradon from PocketWizard. Awarded PocketWizards will have frequencies appropriate to the winner's location, if winner is in a country other than the US.

In addition, photos may also uploaded to Flickr tagged "pocketwizardstrobist" with link to the YouTube video in the description.

The contest runs mid-July through end of November. Winners will be announced on the 15th of each following month, beginning in August.

That's all there is to it. Good luck!


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhh, Bert Stephani to win each month?

July 14, 2008 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Ryan Scott said...

Hmm...I might have to borrow a video camera. Seems easier than spending a few hours editing together an in-depth slideshow.

Regardless, this should produce a lot of really cool, helpful videos for everyone. Great idea.

July 14, 2008 12:29 AM  
Blogger Ryan Allan Photography said...

Done and Done

July 14, 2008 12:32 AM  
Blogger George K said...

This is cool! So the PW folks agreed to doing this (despite your past shenanigans with their products)?

July 14, 2008 12:44 AM  
Blogger .felix said...

Deng. I don't have anything wireless. Not even my cellphone anymore. :) I look forward to the kind of creativity required for those toys.

July 14, 2008 1:00 AM  
Blogger Alton G. Richardson said...

Nice! I think remote cameras are pretty creative.

July 14, 2008 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool, awfully nice of them. one question though; does the nikon CLS count for this?


July 14, 2008 2:36 AM  
Blogger SilverTreeStudio said...

Cool! Time for an upgrade from poverty!!

July 14, 2008 3:04 AM  
Blogger Robert Grubba said...


That is really great idea... but... do I have the chance to win the contest using ebay cactus triggers? Or do I have to use PW (do not have enough spare money for that) system?


July 14, 2008 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

That's amazing!!!! Great ;)

July 14, 2008 3:50 AM  
Blogger Fayek said...

wow, that sounds like an amazing opportunity, i just have 1 question, i live in Egypt, is that like an automatic disqualifier? coz i get that alot especially in competitions and such. coz if it's possible i'm gonna bust my ass to make something extra amazing, i need those PWs!

thanks Dave!

July 14, 2008 3:51 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Sawatske said...

Can the wireless trigger be optical?

July 14, 2008 3:57 AM  
Anonymous Claudius Coenen said...

What i don't like about the rules is: It seems that you have to already have a wireless setup. I would imagine this price being way more interesting to the folks not yet equipped with wireless flashs/cameras/whatever.

July 14, 2008 4:25 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Awesome. Thank you, Pocket Wizard and Strobist!

July 14, 2008 4:54 AM  
Blogger Bumatay said...

Awesome! I'm on it. Ha, and first to post too!

July 14, 2008 4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm probably over-thinking this, but if I already have the wireless triggers to use in making a video, why would I need another set? On the flip side of that, if I don't have a set, and would like to win one, how would I demonstrate their use without them?

This contest seems skewed towards people who already have the prize, no?

July 14, 2008 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice, but like some of the other comments above, seems you need to own ( which I dont) PW's or the equivalent to win some PW's.
go figure.......

July 14, 2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Daniel Cormier said...

Interesting timing. I just found their blog on accident on Saturday...

July 14, 2008 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Eric Kotara Photography said...

Awesome, contests and giveaways are cool and this one will help contestants think about light as well as be creative, great for photogs, yes.

Good luck to all the participants. I am looking forward to seeing the videos come up.

July 14, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Rehuel said...

Looks like i'll have to borrow a video camera. Great idea with the contest!!!!

July 14, 2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger .felix said...

I agree with Claudius and the others that say that it is unfair for us humble mortals without wireless capabilites. So this is only for those that have them already and they would get the "top of the line"... It this a "rich-only" contest?

July 14, 2008 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Ry-Tron said...

In agreement with the comments pointing out that you already have to have wireless triggers in order to win a set of wireless triggers. True, some of us are working with ebay triggers (just fixed mine yesterday, transmitter battery metal wasn't making proper contact inside!), but still, it'd be nice if there was a way to win that didn't require you already have some sort of version of the prize to begin with.

July 14, 2008 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

What some of you may be overlooking is the fact that you can rent or borrow PWs from your local camera store or photog buddy. If you read the post, you CAN use your cactus triggers/ebay slaves.
Instead of complaining about how this contest is "skewed" why don't you get off the computer and get it done?
I don't have a video camera, but I will after I rent one from a camera store down the road!
Less internet complaining, more photo!

July 14, 2008 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Claudia... if you've already got a set of wireless that work well enough to win this contest, why would you want/need another set???

I've got wireless with my Pentax system but it's not "radio" wireless so I guess I'm disqualified before I begin.

Boo Hoo

July 14, 2008 12:33 PM  
Anonymous jeremy mayhew said...

i'm not sure if anyone else has said it, but isn't this like a catch 22? don't you need pocket wizards to do this video, and are entering a contest like this i'm guessing you dont have them, and if you do have them, why do you need 2 more free ones?

i think they should rethink the contest for people who don't have pocket wizards and can't afford them, hence the reason they would enter a contest for free ones.

July 14, 2008 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't want free Pocket Wizards? Actually I don't have a use for a pair either, but so what? Sell them, they're expensive. Do you not want money, either?

July 14, 2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger Dave Prelosky said...

Q: I agree with Claudia... if you've already got a set of wireless that work well enough to win this contest, why would you want/need another set???

A:Because too much is never enough. Keep in mind that more than a few folks use multiple flash setups and having multiple transmitters and/or receivers can simplify the process. I've got a pair of Plus-II transmitters and 4 receivers in my kit. Could I find a use for another pair? Absolutely.

July 14, 2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

To those wondering about the Catch-22-ness of wireless, you do NOT need to use PW's to enter. And it is a contest, not a random drawing.

It's about wireless flash. The prize is a set of PW's, but PW's are not required to win.

Most photography contests, for instance, require the use of a camera. Even if the prize is a nicer camera...

July 14, 2008 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Per Kristoffersson said...

This is way cool. Too bad I only have 2 strobes, 1 optical trigger and the creativity of a brick wall. I don't think the equipment is what's going to stop me from winning a set of PW's (that's right people, optically slaved strobes are still wireless), so I guess I'm going to be working on coming up with a good idea for a photo-shoot for the next couple of days :)

July 14, 2008 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My goodness.

So many people looking for reasons why THEY CAN'T WIN, so what's the point of trying.

For those that read the comments instead of the article, David wrote: "Doesn't even have to be Pocket Wizard-branded remotes. Just cool stuff done with wireless flash."

If you don't have ANY wireless ability, you can borrow or rent something.

If you don't need more Pocket Wizards, you don't have enough flash units. :-)

It's a contest to show others (via YouTube) how great it is to use off-camera flash without being held back by wires.

But someone entering any contest is going to have an advantage over someone else in something in their setup.

Person A has high-end camera, but eBay triggers.

Person B has Pocket Wizards, but
entry level SLR.

Person C has only a point-and-shoot with an optical trigger.

The person with an idea, who is able to translate it into the most watchable video will win.

July 14, 2008 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

.....Most photography contests, for instance, require the use of a camera. Even if the prize is a nicer camera.....

Pure genius!!!!!

July 14, 2008 3:48 PM  
Blogger PShizzy said...

This is a great contest! And even if you have Pocket Wizards, you can always use more, as it adds to the versatility of the system.

I wish it were retroactive, as I've already done a video (which David so kindly featured here, as did the people at Pocketwizard).

Good luck to all, I can't wait to see the results.

July 14, 2008 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm. maybe i will take a cue from the PW blog and make a video showing the Nikon CLS creatively, uh.. being the general vicinity of girls in bikinis.

July 14, 2008 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Patrick you hit it on the head, but my video skills are worse than my photo skills, just give the PW's to Ryan and he will have pitty on me and send me one of his old ones.

July 14, 2008 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Alvin Kim said...

Aww man I don't have any way of doing any external shooting but i do have ONE idea... :-(

July 14, 2008 10:19 PM  
Blogger Lidarman said...

Oh great in order to win some pocket wizards which I need, I have to have some pocket wizards or equivalent and a video camera--which I don't have.


Maybe I need to make a Rube Goldberg contraption to turn on some lights remotely and film the shoot with stop motion animation.

July 14, 2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those without a wireless trigger could do a long exposure and light painting or have voice activated light stands to get the idea across.

July 15, 2008 3:21 AM  
Blogger Andy P said...

Dave - Congrats on setting up a great contest. I'm really looking forward to learning from the other strobists!

Everyone whining - I just ordered my first set of Cactus V2s gear (transmitter + 3 receivers) direct from Gadget Infinity for just under US$80, and that included shipping. I don't even have three strobes yet, but I'm planning ahead. Do I want a set of four Pocket Wizards? Heck yeah, but that's US$765 from B&H, and I'm an amateur with NO budget for equipment. I'll just have to put up with the occasional misfire and the shorter range of the Cactus equipment

So, if you want a free pair of the best radio triggers available, borrow a camera, rent some wireless strobes, and most importantly, put those gray cells into motion and teach us all something fun and new!

Like I said, really looking forward to see the creativity of the people in this group set in motion in a different direction.

July 15, 2008 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Wedding Photographer Nice France said...

Ryan Allan - beautiful video! I would have enjoyed seeing even more shots from this session, but the setup section is spectacular!

July 15, 2008 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Sawatske said...

the question sill remains... can we use optical triggers???

July 15, 2008 6:18 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

Does a Voice Activated Light Trigger count? I mean, it's wireless, right? And saves all that mucking about with Cactus/radiopopper/wires and such...

I mean, voice activation is wireless, right? Cause that's all I got to work with...

July 15, 2008 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is cool that pw are willing to give people a chance to win a free pair... to the nay sayers how about this... If you don't want to win a set of pw's don't enter the contest...if you do want to win a set of pw's.. Enter the contest... if you want to enter but don't have any pw's or other remote systems...borrow, rent or buy cheap imitations... Get out there and MAKE it happen! Cripes PW cant please everyone with this generous offer but at least they are trying to do something cool...

July 15, 2008 9:26 PM  
Blogger said...

Silly ol' me would love to have some more PW's! I bought an extra PW in Japan oblivious (and not even slightly skeptical) about the differences in operating frequency from USA PWs. $200 in the bin! Current project: finding creative use for a single PW. Now THAT would be a contest.

July 16, 2008 2:26 AM  
Anonymous mickeyjuice said...

It's hard to believe the whining in here about how unfair it is, the way you can win some great products. Just awful that these are being given away.

It's a great prize, and you can win it through your talent, not just luck.

Perhaps more effort needs to be put into "how" rather than "poor me".

July 19, 2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger jbe said...

just in time for July?



July 28, 2008 11:41 AM  
Blogger David Horton said... has 2 BRAND NEW models out of wireless sync's. I've used both the PW's and just received the pair from Alien Bees this week. They're perform almost exactly the same as the PW's except for two things:
-a tad shorter range
-a price tag of $59.99 / $69.99 compared to $200 for the PW's!!

-David Horton

July 30, 2008 7:29 AM  
Blogger Monirul Pathan said...

Quick question:
When does the contest close? At the end of each month? Or on the 15th of each month?

If its the end of each month, are all new submissions only going to count toward the August contest, winners of which will be announced on the 15th of Sept I'm guessing?

August 07, 2008 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pocket Wizards might be nice.. but ya need cables.. and while you can get PC cables pretty cheap from almost anyway.. if you wanna trigger your camera remotely.. you have to stump up anywhere from 140 to 190 dollars for the cable.

So may this competition is just the ticket. It will get you jazzed on lighting.. and remote goodness.. and save you enough money to be able to buy some cables.

August 08, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Monirul Pathan said...

Here’s mine!
Just for the contest =) (Really good motivation to do a little tutorial)

Enjoy! :)

More detailed info on my brand spanking new blog at

August 09, 2008 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Dan PV said...

Hey, I agree, it's really a motivation to make videos =)

Here's my video, I hope you like it:

Best regards,

August 13, 2008 3:58 PM  
Blogger Joshua James said...

Every done a photo shoot on the moon? Here is how to make it look like you have:


November 09, 2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Joey said...

My submission. I've only been at this for a few weeks now but I thought in the spirit of fun why not submit something!

November 26, 2008 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Justin Wu said...


The following is my video entry:

With corresponding photos:

Thanks & All the best!

November 28, 2008 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Charlie said...

PW's are on my wish list from Santa this Christmas... alas I have no videos to show how to use them cuz I don't have any or any other 3'rd party products... but this is something that I want to experiment with! ah well - maybe the next time around...

November 30, 2008 1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to list my YouTube link here. Hope it got noticed through flickr/YouTube/Pocket Wizard blog. Regardless.. here's the link!

December 03, 2008 11:16 PM  

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