Great Company and Customer Service? Shout it out!

I’m a big believer that if we get great products and customer service from a company then we should shout it out so that everyone else can experience the same. This way everyone’s a winner; the company for getting more business and us for benefiting from what they have to offer.

Momentary Panic
This morning I woke to a number of emails from folks saying that they couldn’t view my blog…

Anyway, having counted to 10, taken several deep breaths and recovered the ability to walk unaided I checked it out and sure enough all I got was the spinning wheel of death and the eventual ‘time out’ with the error message above.

So…What to do?
I use GoDaddy to host my blog and take care of all the technical stuff so seeing as we’re now in the year 2011 and social media is dominating the web I posted a message up on my Twitter account addressed to GoDaddy asking them if there was a problem and if so could they resolve it.

Within minutes they responded saying they would look into it and in no time the blog was back up and running; now that’s what I call service!

‘Stuff’ just happens
In this digital world where we are now so reliant on everything working, no matter how ‘challenging’ it may be we do just have to accept that ‘stuff’ happens; things from time to time play up. Now don’t for one minute think I remained completely calm; in fact despite being fairly good at speaking both french and german I did become rather fluent for a few minutes in a language I didn’t recognise but now normality has been restored thanks to the excellent customer service of GoDaddy.

So who do you use to host your website? Come to mention it…are there any companies/service providers you’re currently using that makes your business/photography life easier? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below so that we can all take a look, push some business their way and benefit ourselves too.

Cheers:)

ps> Thanks to everyone who gave me the ‘heads up’ by emailed this morning.

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  • February 5, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    Baron Cooper - I use LiveBooks to host my site. They have been Extremely helpful with everything from setting up my site to search engine optimization. I know there are cheaper options available, but I am not vey web savvy, and their help and attitude in getting me the site up and running has been well worth it.

  • February 5, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    Scot Baston - Hi Glyn,

    As you say it is good to shout about good service, too much these days as about how useless companies are.

    I have an unusual shout out for EasyJet, I was flying from Geneva to Gatwick after a week shooting for a company in France when the snows (in Gatwick!!) stopped flights and mine got cancelled. I did a fair amount of queuing over that day, but I was given a lovely room in a nice hotel, internet and films chargeable to EasyJet. I even had a nice couple of glasses of wine with my meal. My next flight left on time at 7:30am the next morning.

    It is not whether things go wrong, it is how they are handled when they go wrong.

    I also use GoDaddy for my hosting and as yet have had no problems, so it is really good to hear that they are responsive to such issues

    Cheers

    Scot

  • February 5, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    Lee Ramsden - Looks good Glyn,
    its nice when a company go that little bit further then others.

    My site is hosted by
    http://www.creativemotiondesign.com/

    The after service is fantastic, its a foreign company but have a dude on the phone in the UK who is extremely helpful and is full of advice to help you out with making your site look its best.

    Lee

  • February 7, 2011 - 6:35 am

    DaveT - Its refreshing to hear of good customer service – it’s great to start the week on a high!

    Dave

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Glyn - @Baron…Yeah I use LiveBooks for my main site and absolutely love them; customer service, the product…everything…really pleased :)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Glyn - @Scot…Big thumbs up to EasyJet there. Geez if ever i get ‘stranded’ that kind of treatment would be very welcome indeed :)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Glyn - @Lee…Cheers mate. Not heard of creativemotiondesign.com but I’ll certainly check them out as one to recommend in the future going by what you say.

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…Totally agree mate; always nice to start off on a positive :)
    Cheers

  • February 10, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    kelley - I’m a Go-Daddy girl, so I guess I just have to jump on the band wagon of agreement. I also have my website through Livebooks and they really are amazing. They are an e-mail away, and they usually answer with saying we fixed the problem you are inquiring about lets us know if there is anything else. Looking into WordPress for my blog. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen, not totally sure yet about the hassle of moving over…

  • February 11, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    Glyn - @Kelley…Yeah great companies for sure. Re moving over when I first move from blogger to WordPress there is a way to do so automatically. Only problem for me was that the photos on my new blog needed to be alot bigger which meant me going back through every previous post and inserting a resized image. Took a fair bit of time but I’m glad I did as personally I prefer now working with WordPress.

    Thanks for looking in,
    Glyn

There’s no escape…It all starts ‘in camera’

Following on from Wednesday’s post I thought I’d finish off the week by going through just a couple more images from the same photo shoot; however the difference being that as these aren’t composite images there’s fewer steps involved in the editing…

Again, the idea here is to show by the use of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images the importance of getting the shot ‘in camera’ and also give you more of an idea as to how and why I use Photoshop the way I do; i.e primarily to enhance what is already present in the original RAW file.

Talking of Photoshop the majority of the editing time in these images and others in the same series was spent ‘dodging’ and ‘burning’ and it’s the technique I use to do this that I wanted to mention in this post.

The Lighting Set Up
First of all though a quick look at the lighting set up for the photograph at the top of this post…

Could not have been simpler; a single light source in the form of a gridded Beauty Dish above aimed down towards our subject. Using a light and aiming it down at an angle on a muscular physique in this way adds shadows into the areas between the muscle groups consequently giving them more depth/fullness.

Dodging and Burning
Quite simply all I’m looking to do here is to enhance the highlights, midtones and shadows in the image to a point where I’m creating more shape, structure and depth. However, despite the whole concept of dodging and burning being a very simple one, it’s certainly not a process that I rush. There’s definitely a fine line between the right amount and doing too much so for me it works best to do a little bit, then close the image and walk away. I’ll then re-open the image a short while later and look at it with fresh eyes, seeing straight away whether more needs to be done or not.

  • Step 1: Add a blank layer, fill it with 50% grey, change the blend mode to ‘Soft Light’ and then rename the layer ‘Dodge’
  • Step 2: Add another blank layer, fill it with 50% grey, change the blend mode to ‘Overlay’ and then rename the layer ‘Burn’

In an earlier post I included a complete walk through of this technique plus another for ‘super fast’ dodging and burning and you can find them both here [Link]

Looking at the ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparison below you can see the result that the dodge/burn has ; in particular on our subjects abdominals, middle and upper chest and face, and to complete the image not much more was done other than adding a little more skin contrast, brightening the eyes and desaturating the skin colour…

The same goes for the image below with the only difference being that I used a technique to add more texture and detail to the skin. This technique I’ll be covering in the video series that I’m putting together and will upload to the blog in the very near future.


Again here in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots you can see that the editing has only been used to enhance what was already in the original image i.e highlights, shadows and mid tones…


So that’s all there was to it; in the scheme of things not that much editing required but as we’ve already discussed here and on Wednesday’s blog this is largely down to getting it right ‘in camera’ first of all.

Next week amongst other shoots, walk throughs etc… I’ll finally have my review of the new Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex units for Nikon to post, so in the mean time have a great weekend and I’ll catch you Monday.
Enjoy:)

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  • February 4, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn,

    You and I are alike in one way, most of my images are not very different after editing than they are prior to. In fact a good majority of mine the only thing I do is clean the skin and dodge and burn. Though thanks to you and Cowart I’ve started playing around with more textures in my photos than I did before. I’ve even done a composite back ground or two. I swear your such a bad influence ;)

  • February 5, 2011 - 7:31 am

    Pedro Vasconcellos - Here enters a lot of personal feeling, but I love the firs image, and not so much the second one…

    To me his skin looks a bit too pale, it’s probably what you were going for, but it’s just not my style…

    However in the first one the pale dark look went together really well with the noir mood the only light gave.

    =)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Moi…a bad influence? lol :)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:27 pm

    Glyn - @Pedro…Cheers mate and yeah I totally accept your own feelings on the images; like you say it’s all about personal feeling.
    Thanks for commenting buddy :)

The Fighter: Photo Shoot followed by Photoshop

Ok so the reason for this post is two fold really; firstly to show what went into making the image you see below and secondly but more importantly to show that every image starts ‘in camera’. Incidentally, this image  is a composite of one that I took at the very end of a recent shoot for a Fitness/Personal Training client once I’d captured all the ‘must have’ shots. Taking shots at the end of a shoot for personal/portfolio work is something I do almost all of the time and something that my clients always seem happy to take part in as it invariably gives them images they would never normally have had…

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a huge fan of editing and creating composite images in Photoshop but none of that is possible without first working hard behind the camera to get ‘the shot’. The old adage of ‘Garbage in, Garbage out’ still rings true despite the incredible advances that have been made in Photoshop over the past few years. You see Photoshop is an incredible tool, but that is all it is…a tool and when all is said and done, the majority of enhancements have served to make what has always been possible, that much easier to achieve. For example, the Refine Edge Command in Photoshop CS5 is incredible for making selections, but we’ve always been able to make selections with all the other methods available to us…Channels, Pen Tool etc…

I’m sure we’ve all heard comments such as “Yeah but that’s all been done in Photoshop” on more than one occasion and that’s just the sign of the times. There can’t be a person on the planet that hasn’t heard of Photoshop; heck I’ve even heard it being mentioned in TV dramas but the fact that people have heard about it, doesn’t mean they understand it. There has never been nor will there ever be a ‘Turn this piece of c$&p into a Masterpiece Filter’ and for that reason there’s no escaping it…it all starts ‘in camera’ and making the best possible image at the point of capture; it’s at this point we can then bring Photoshop into the mix.

Anyway, having said all that let’s get back to how the ‘Fighter’ image was made. Below is an iPhone photo showing the set up used which consisted of 2 strip lights and one beauty dish…

Here’s the RAW image exactly as it was when imported into my MacBook Pro at time of capture i.e. no editing applied. The time was taken during the shoot to set the lighting so that highlights and shadows fell exactly as I wanted so as to really show off Ricky’s physique to the fullest and subsequently look right in the final composite image.

*Note: The white walls of the studio have been turned to a mid(ish) grey ‘in camera’ by the distance Ricky and the lighting were from them.

Once I was happy with the ‘in camera’ image it was then a case of working in Photoshop to create the final composite. To give you an idea of the work that went into the final image here’s a screen grab showing all the layers…

Below you can see the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ comparison which clearly shows that on Ricky himself the editing has only enhanced what was already present in the original RAW image. The background that has been added in was originally a shot of a plain grey brick wall that I have added a Union Jack flag onto in Photoshop and painted away portions of it to give the weathered/grunge look…

In another post I’ll give you a run through of how other photos from shoot were made such as the ones you can see in the Lightroom screen capture below.

In the mean time though I’d love to ‘hear’ your thoughts on the whole ‘in camera’ issue and the role that you see Photoshop plays in today’s Photography. It’s a topic of conversation that will always be around and will generate serious debate. Personally I think Photoshop is a vital part in today’s Photography however as I’ve already eluded to it isn’t a cure for poor photography. First and foremost we are photographers and that’s what we need to show our clients and I think we owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be and that starts ‘in camera’.

If you have any comments, questions or general feelings about anything you’ve read or seen in this post then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,
Enjoy:)

*One more thing…if you’d like to see a series of videos showing the editing process for this ‘Fighter’ image then again just ‘shout me out’ in the comments section and I’ll look at putting something together.

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  • February 2, 2011 - 5:22 am

    Allen Ross Thomas - Valuable instruction as is customary, Glyn. Thank you.

    To me photoshop is in fact the darkroom of modern times. I appreciate it when photographers such as yourself light and capture the image optimizing it for pre planned post production (which you often do).

    I get annoyed when poor photographs are attempted to be salvaged by running them through the “Action O’ The Month” club.

    Loving the look of that Profoto lighting as well!

    -A

  • February 2, 2011 - 5:32 am

    Pedro Vasconcellos - Video please =)

    I think male models are underused, this photoshoot is wicked! This was a “photoillustration” for a client right? Than photoshop is more than ok…

    Just in news photography and newspapers in general that PS is kind of taboo…

    Awesome Work Glyn

  • February 2, 2011 - 5:56 am

    DaveT - Yes please to the video.

    And I couldn’t agree with you more about getting it right in camera. Coming as I do from a slide user background, it’s something that I try to achieve every time.

    What amazes me about the general public’s conception of Photoshop is that they think anyone can achieve great results with this programme. The point is – they can’t. It is a complicated application that requires knowledge and skill to use effectively and that is why at the very top end of the game (fashion mags and advertising) Photoshop experts are highly valued.

    The analagy is like playing piano. With a few bits of practice anycone can play chopsticks, but is takes year of practice and dedication to become proficient enough to play a concert piece.

    Dave

  • February 2, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Dave - Your timimg with this was perfect Glyn – I have a shoot booked for next week with a MMA fighter as part of my degree work and this is almost exactly the look I was going for. I really love your tutorials and I tend to watch the video once then again making notes. Having your diagram/workflow listed is really helpful and if combined with a video it would be so much easier to learn. I found your website through looking at Calvin Hollywoods work and between the two of you I have learnt so much, so quickly.

    Thanks!

  • February 2, 2011 - 10:11 am

    David Kelly - Great work again Glyn, you certainly seem to carving a recognisable ‘Glyn Dewis’ look / style in the work that I’ve seen on the blog over the past several months. Like Pedro & DaveT say, it would be great to see a tutorial video created for this image. The work on this image seems to be quite extensive, looking at those layers! :-)

    In regards to getting it right in camera & Photoshop, having been brought up with film I’m a true believer in getting it right at point of capture (or at least as best you can). If nothing else it makes the PP work much easier ;-) In my film days, the less time I could spend in the darkroom working on a print the better, particularly as unlike modern day digital work, dodging/burning was real hard work & consistency in duplicate was hard to achieve (well for me anyway! :-))

    As Allen says PS/LR are the modern day darkrooms but with such great tools, caution should always exercised. Just because they make life easier compared to the old film methods, doesn’t mean photographers should be more lazier in their attitudes in capturing a photograph. PS is a great onestop shop tool for many things but it’s never going to turn a dog into a fox, so to speak.

  • February 2, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    claudio.von.grubens - Hi glyn,

    great shots – no guess! i agree with you, that ps i just a tool and tools are made for assistance! i have been in photography and design for 3 years now and i learned a lot, due to i didn’t know anything ;)
    Getting a good photo out of the camera is very important because of mood and feelings – you can add a moody sky(like one of your latest blogs) but it wouldn’t help anything if the person you shot hasn’t got the same feelings in his face…

    the negative point i’ve learned is that i trust no ad pciture on a billboard or in a magazine because i know what is possible and what even i can do with a few sliders in LR3…

    as i always say there is a positive point in every negative and therefore i see more the beauty inside people i meet on the street or wherever else -> this is very positive for myself ;) So photography helps to improve my character…

    thx for sharing
    cheers
    cvg

  • February 2, 2011 - 1:04 pm

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  • February 2, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Rick Wenner - I could not agree with you more about capturing the best image you can in camera before even considering bringing it into Lightroom/Photoshop. I am a firm believer in that you should know what you want out of the final images before you even pick up the camera. Set your lights, camera settings, and all other details first. Then, after the best photo is created in camera, then make your adjustments in LR/PS and make that image even better. I really like this photo Glyn, in fact, I like the before and the after images almost equally.

  • February 2, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Glyn - Thanks everyone for the kind words; it’s really appreciated.
    The whole topic of getting it right ‘in camera’ is certainly one that people feel strongly about and rightfully so. Photoshop clearly has its place in today’s photography; in some styles more than others but I guess the bottom line is that regardless of what style somebody has, how they edit their images and how much/how little they use photoshop there’s no getting away from it…it all has to start with a darned good image coming out of the camera.

    Thanks for dropping in and commenting,
    Glyn :)

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  • February 2, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Mark King - Please put together a video! I LOVE your work and the honesty of how you got there!! AMAZING! Also where did you get the stone wall background or any of the background textures that you use?? Love them!! Keep up the great work my friend!

  • February 3, 2011 - 10:53 pm

    Alistair McNaughton - Hey Glyn, just discovered your blog – really enjoying the content. THis year’s resolution to get up to speed with PShop.(and get in right in the camera of course!)

  • February 4, 2011 - 2:04 am

    heather - Glyn, amazing post. Videos are always helpful when learning new photography ideas. I have enjoyed each and every video you have posted. Thanks for your time and energy you have invested in this blog. Awesome!

  • February 4, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Ian - Thank you for sharing your workflow. It is always interesting to hear how other photographers, particularly those you respect, process there images. Like you I feel post production is an essential part of photography, it always has been really. It should be used responsibly though, just like any powerful tool (I’m looking at you Liquefy).

    Out of curiosity how long would you say you spent in post on this image roughly?

    p.s. I realise no liquefy was used here, Ricky hardly needs it!

  • February 5, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Glyn - @Mark…No worries mate; I’ll put together a few videos showing some of the techniques in the very near future. Thanks for looking in and for the really kind words; very good of you to say! Cheers

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    Glyn - @Alistair…Great to know you’re looking in mate; thanks :)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    Glyn - @Heather…It’s an absolute pleasure. I get a real kick out of putting this together and knowing that in some way it might be helping. Thanks for the kind words :)

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:26 pm

    Glyn - @Ian…Thanks for commenting mate. Re the boxer image I guess in total i spent around an hour and a half on it; down to me keep coming back and tweeking this and that :)

  • February 12, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Wee Joe - Glyn, I would just like to say thanks for sharing your workflow and yes please to the videos too! I think new techniques are easier to learn if you see them rather than read about them.

    Am really enjoying the blog!

    Take it easy

    Wee Joe :o)

  • February 13, 2011 - 8:10 am

    Glyn - @Wee Joe…Thanks for looking in and for the kind words mate. I’ll be putting a few new videos over the coming weeks and will be posting them on the blog as soon as they’re done.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • August 5, 2012 - 5:20 am

    José Parcerisa - Hi Glyn, I new here in your blog, I can see you receive a lot of post congratulation you for your work, and all of them are wright, you are a really artist and your work is amazing. I appreciate very much that you share it and help us to improve our skills. Thank you very much. Have you any video about this technique ?
    Thanks in advance and thank you again.
    Your friend José.

Adobe Community Professional 2011

On Friday of last week I received the news that I had been awarded the title of Adobe Community Professional for 2011.

It’s an absolute honour to be placed amongst this incredibly talented group of professionals and a position I certainly don’t take for granted having first been nominated back in 2009 by Adobe Expert, Trainer, founder of ‘Media Cats‘ (a Digital Media Training Company based in Dallas, Texas) and great friend A.J Wood; a gesture that left me speechless (quite an achievement in itself) by submitting the following to ‘the powers that be’ …

“When I think of an Adobe Community Expert, I think of a group of professionals coming together to share their experiences & talents. I also think about the type of person who has the knack for relating to other people, and generally loves sharing what they know without all the pomp & circumstance. I think of Glyn.

Glyn Dewis is a gifted individual who has taken his love of photography & Adobe products and turned it into a new career. We first met at Photoshop World a few years ago and he was quite the character, excited to be at PSW, taking in all the classes, just soaking up all the information. But Glyn is not the type of person to sit idly by.

In the years that have past he has continued to excel in his craft of photography & Photoshop work. He has quite a bit to share regarding Lightroom, and publishes video commentary on his blog. A person who understands the importance of community, he has led many photowalk outings, including Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk held this past July 2009. Glyn is constantly looking to improve himself & his work, and I admire his dedication & ambitions.

I highly recommend Glyn Dewis for the Adobe Community Experts program not only for his current expertise, but the potential & experience he will share with all of us and his community.”

Anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I’m not overly keen on the use of the word ‘passionate’ in a ‘work’ environment. If I’m brutally honest I think it’s overused and really should be taken ‘as read’ if you’re a professional and providing a quality product and service however I’m going to have to relent here; momentarily at least…

Sharing knowledge in the form of tutorial walk throughs, videos and workshops is something I am really passionate about and get alot of satisfaction from on a personal level, so to be recognised by a World Class Organisation/Company for doing so feels good…real good…so a HUGE thank you goes out to Adobe!

Anyway, time to crack on…lots more tutorials, behind the scenes, videos and details on the upcoming Photography & Photoshop Workshop coming up so in the mean time,
Enjoy:)

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  • January 31, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Dave Clayton - Totally well deserved !

  • January 31, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Sagar - I am following your blog from last 2 months and I am really happy for you and Glyn you really deserve it….

    CONGRATS GLYN

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  • January 31, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    Francis Peacocke - Glyn,
    What can I say apart from well done and very well deserved.
    Regards
    Francis

  • January 31, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Russell Pritchard - Well Done Glyn,
    you really deserve it.!

  • January 31, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn congratulations. That is excellent.

  • January 31, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Heather - Oh congratulations! You truly deserve this. Thanks for all the tutorials – I look forward to learning from the masta.

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:44 am

    Glyn - @Dave…Cheers Buddy

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Glyn - @Sagar…That is really kind of you to say; thanks, and thanks too for checking in on the blog…I really appreciate it :)

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Glyn - @Francis…Very kind, thanks :)

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:48 am

    Glyn - @Russell…Cheers for that mate :)

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:48 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Thanks my friend; was a real nice surprise I must admit :)
    Hope all is well with you.

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:50 am

    Glyn - @Heather…Thanks and you’re welcome:) Putting together some more videos and tutorials as we speak so hopefully they too will be useful.

    Thanks for dropping in and commenting :)

  • February 1, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Keith - well deserved Glyn, you should be up there amongst those other names we know of.
    it was your shareing and spreading the word that attracted me to your site, keep it up mate.
    do you get a badge….. :-)

  • February 1, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    David Kelly - Glyn, a well deserved mark of recognition. Congrats again.

  • February 1, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Glyn - @Keith…Thanks for that mate and yes a badge…I hope so :) lol

  • February 1, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    Glyn - @David…Cheers Buddy

  • February 1, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Dom - Well done Glyn,

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more worthy, more dedicated or more knowledgeable chap than yourself.

    Keep up the astoundingly good work and more reward for your dedication will surely come your way :-)

    Dom

  • February 2, 2011 - 4:44 am

    Glyn - @Dom…Mate, thanks so much for the kind words; that’s really good of you to say!

  • February 2, 2011 - 5:27 am

    DaveT - Glyn,

    Your generosity in sharing your knowledge and techniques is outstanding – the award is richly deserved.

    Dave

  • February 12, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    Wee Joe - Congratulations Glyn, well deserved mate!

    Wee Joe

  • February 13, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Glyn - @Wee Joe…Thanks mate; very kind

Lovin’ the new Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 for Nikon

Just thought I’d post up a couple of images from one of my first shoots a few days ago using the new Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex for Nikon…

After a few more photo shoots using them I’m going to be putting together a review here on the blog but for those of you interested, first impressions are that they’re good…real good!

99% of the time I shoot in Manual so one thing I’m looking forward to putting through it’s paces is the Hyper Sync / High Speed Sync shooting with off camera flash at speeds pushing 1/8000sec. Of course this is going to mean shooting in Aperture Priority Mode so a little adjusting is going to be called for but hey, it’ll be fun I’m sure.

I’ll look to post the review next week once I’ve a few more shoots ‘under my belt’ with these new units but in the mean time if any of you have questions about them or any experiences using the Canon System, Good or Bad I’d love to ‘hear’ them so feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Enjoy and have a great weekend:)

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  • January 28, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Paul Hodgson - Looking good already Glyn and looking forward to your thoughts about these new triggers. And do they play with existing PW triggers?

  • January 28, 2011 - 8:34 am

    Dave - I’ve been on the fence with these for a little while, I’m particularly interested in how well the i-ttl works with them. I love the Nikon CLS but find the whole line of sight thing to be a real pain. I look forward to hearing your opinions!

  • January 28, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn,

    Hope they do. I bought the set for Canon not long after the release and they have been flakey, sometimes they fire sometimes they don’t. However the mini works great with the Pocket Wizard II. It also allows you to mount an on camera flash that can be used a fill when on location.

  • January 28, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    Glyn - @Paul…Cheers mate, I should have it online this coming week. Oh and re working with existing PW’s, they sure do :)

  • January 28, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    Glyn - @Dave…Yeah working in TTL etc is going to be interesting seeing as Im always in Manual but I’m actually looking forward to testing the units out more. Build quality is superb!

  • January 28, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Yeah the Mini is great I agree. Much better having that on there than taking my eye out with a PWII aerial :)

  • January 29, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Andrew Hart - Hi Glyn, cool shots, i’m loving the background blur, low ambient exposure and nice ‘loop lighting’ on your model.
    I just got myself a Canon G12 for the fact it syncs upto 1/1000th without going to HSS mode (ie; full power flash)so am looking forward to attempting something similar. I have yet to try it out other than in my flat (where 1/1000th sync is not really necessary!)as too cold outside at the moment for my girlfriend (my go-to model!).
    What kinds of shutter speeds were you managing with the above shots?

  • January 29, 2011 - 9:07 pm

    Justin Zhang Photography - Glyn: Just wondering how consistence you can get when you using hyper sync? Lets say, if you shoot 10 identical frames with same power and f-stop. How many same results do you have? I replace my Plus 2s by the TT5s when they first released (Canon version) but had the issue since, the lighting results tended to go more consistence either when a high power was set (at lease 1/2) or aperture priority was applied. This limits me to shoot faster or cant have a full control of the camera, since I can barely have any consistency over sync speed at all. Has this been improved to Nikon?

  • January 30, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Tim Wallace - Good post mate, looking forward to a full Dewis review….

  • January 31, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Glyn Dewis Up and Running Fast | PocketWizard Blog | Radio Triggers for Photographers - [...] got his hands on the new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units for Nikon cameras. He posted a blog story about his experience, including two beautifully-subtly lit images taken outside at dusk or [...]

  • January 31, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    Jeff Manes - Great first impression! I’m considering giving the Pocket Wizards a try in the near future. The high speed sync is my main concern with the new units, so I’ll be keeping an eye on your updates.

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Glyn - @Andrew…Hi mate, thanks for dropping in. Must say these new additions from PW are real good on many levels and not just the HSS. The ability to control power of the flash when in manual from camera by using the Nikon SU800 as opposed to aperture is superb, and so quick too.

    To be honest, I’m not 100% sure of the shutter speeds on these shots (out and about at the moment) but this week I’ll be shooting with them pushing up to the 1/8000sec range to see what that gives.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:42 am

    Glyn - @Justin…Really interesting point you have there mate. To be honest I’ve not noticed anything just yet but I’ll certainly look at this during this weeks shoots and will report back in the review on exactly that.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Cheers mate; first impressions are real good :)

  • February 1, 2011 - 6:47 am

    Glyn - @Jeff…Thanks for stopping by and commenting mate. I’ll be shooting more with the units this week so hopefully the review I post up will be useful. First impressions of these new units are good though I must say.

  • February 1, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    David Kelly - Nice taster for the full review Glyn. Looking forward to seeing the report from the more thorough road testing you’ll be doing ;-)

  • February 1, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    Glyn - @David…The review will be next week now mate as this week is turning out to be quite busy. I’ve set aside a personal shoot for sunday when I’ll test them a little more :)

  • February 2, 2011 - 5:39 am

    DaveT - Glyn, I think you will have a lot of fun with the creative possibilities that these devices can offer. One great advantage of them is that you no longer have to have line of sight between the trigger and the flash itself. And to top it off you can alter the flash compensation from an on camera position without having to alter the flash gun itself.

    I haven’t had chance yet to be too creative with my mini and flex setup as I am still getting to grips with standard lighting – but at least i am starting to think of more possibilities.

    I haven’t got one myself, but I have seen the ACR3 (think that’s the right name) controller in action. It allows you to alter flash ratio between a couple of flashguns from the camera position. A very useful feature.

    Look forward to seeing more of your end results with this kit.

    Dave

  • February 6, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    reggie - i cant believe PW refered to your pics on thier website as “subtly lit”

  • February 7, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Glyn - @Reggie…lol :)

  • May 21, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    Tony Rodriguez - It is possible to fire a Flex 5 from a PW MultiMax?
    I can do it Flex to MultiMax, but I need it the other way around.
    Thank you!!
    Tony