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Qflash in Action: Halloween treats featuring Quantum’s own Barrett McGivney.

Happy Halloween Quantum Shooters,

With Halloween and PhotoPlus right around the corner, I decided to showcase some of my work using nothing but Qflashes and featuring the artwork of J. Anthony Kosar.

Anthony is the FACE OFF Season 4 Champion and Award-Winning Artist who specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Creature Design, Make-up FX, and Product Design through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR, and studied sculpture under world-renowned creature designer Jordu Schell. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks for Zagone Studios, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and between projects, teaches the art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar is an internationally awarded fine artist and illustrator, having been awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and several others. In 2009, he was named “One to Watch” by Watercolor Artist Magazine.
www.kosarteffects.com
www.kosatatelier.com

Boaris Frankenswine
Title: Boaris Frankenswine
Artist: J. Anthony Kosar
Photographer: Barrett “Bear” McGivney

Lighting Equipment: (2) T5D-r, (1) Trio, (3) Turbo 2×2 Batteries, (1) Pilot, (2) FW7Q, (2) 45” shoot through umbrellas, Green gel, (3) QF60b reflectors, (3) compact stands, (3) swivel umbrella adapters, 8×8 black background.
Exposure: ISO 200, 1/125th @ f/8
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II, canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens.

Technique: The Trio was used as the back light with the green gel. About ½ power. The T5D-r’s were set up just out of frame at a 75 degree angle. Main light 1 stop brighter than the fill.
I wanted to make sure that the lighting revealed the intricate detail of this unique sculpture.

J. Anthony Kosar
Title: The Beast
Model: J. Anthony Kosar (designed, sculpted, made, painted and self-applied prosthetic makeup)
Project: SyFy’s Face Off submission
Photographer: Barrett “Bear” McGivney

LightingEquipment: (1) T5d-r, (2) T2, (1) Pilot, (1) 26” octabank, purple gels, (3) Turbo 2×2 Batteries, 8×8 black background.
Exposure: ISO 200, 1/125 @ f/8
Camera equipment: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 f/2.8

Technique: T5D-r in 26” octabank as mainlight, 45 degrees camera left. The T2’s were set at the edges of the background aimed at 45 degrees towards Anthony’s back, creating the detail in the hair and separating him from the background with a touch of color.

Monster PromThese guys were part of a project called “Monster Prom” ad campaign photographed by Joshua Hoffine and commissioned by Sony UK.Read the story at Hoffine’s blog: www.joshuahoffine.wordpress.com Once the sculptures were returned to Anthony, he put the wardrobe touches on these three iconic characters in their awkward teen years and I got to photograph them.

Lighting Equipment: (3) T5d-r, (2) T2’s, (1) X5D-r w/ Qpaq, (2) 26” octabanks, (1) 45” silver/white umbrella, (2) 10×24 strip banks, (1) 32” silver reflector, (3) FW7Q, (2) Fw8R FreeXwire receivers, (2) Turbo 3 Batteries, (2) Turbo 2×2 batteries, (1) Pilot, (1) 8×8 black background.
Exposure: ISO 200, 1/125 @ f/14
Camera Equipment: Canon 1d Mark III, Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

This was one of my more elaborate setups. I had 2 octabanks setup as my mainlight (one stacked over the other in Remote Group R1) at ¼+ power, my fill was the X5D-r shooting into the silver/white umbrella (Remote Group R2) at ½ power, the 3rd T5D-r set as a backlight with the red gel (R3) at 1/1- power, the 2 T2’s were at the edges of the backdrop aimed towards the boys at ¼ power and triggered by the FW8R’s. The 32” silver reflector is about 75 degrees from camera right.

Qflash in Action: French Action & Lifestyle Photographer, Nicolas Joly

Cover PhotoThis edition features French Action & Lifestyle photographer, Nicolas Joly.

Location: Col de l’Arzelier – France
Pilot: Ludwig Bourdon
Lighting equipment: (2) Quantum T2’s (oldies, but goodies), Turbo 2×2 battery packs, (2) tripods as light stands (2) QF60B standard reflectors.

Technique: They are both almost in the axis of the jump. One high in the front, one ground level from the back.
Flash Settings: Manual each at ¼ power.

Additional gear: PocketWizard Flex tt5’s for the HyperSync feature, Dakine Reload Backpack (my bag of choice for hiking with Qflashes).
Exposure: ISO 560 at 1/350 at f/4.
Camera: Nikon D4 with 16-35 f/4 lens

 

Senior gear editor and photographer at Big Bike magazine, Ludwig Bourdon and I were assigned to bring back action shots for the 2014 test issue. We have several needs, but of course a bright cover would be a nice addition to our session.

The resort was closed, and we had to hike to the top. Once I had packed my Dakine Reload backpack with two t2 Qflashes,  2×2 battery packs, PocketWizard Flex TT5’s, Nikon D4, 16-35 f/4, and two tripods, Ludwig and I headed into the woods of Col de l’Arzelier (France).

After a good afternoon of work, we found this jump. It’s rather small for a good pilot, but I really liked the dead tree and we agreed to try for our action shot here. I quickly set-up the 2 tripod mounted T2s with the flex TT5’s using the HyperSync feature. They are both almost in the axis of the jump. One high in the front, one ground level from the back.

The first jump was used as a trial for Ludwig, as well as fine tuning of the direction and power of the two lights.
The 2nd jump, Ludwig’s position was great. I immediately felt it was an interesting photo.
Ludwig was already a bit tired but, always ready for the famous “last one,” he carried the bike on his back up to the top one more time.
The 3rd jump, he does exactly the same jump, I shoot almost the same picture and we agree there would not be another “last one”…at least for today.

Some weeks later, we have the great pleasure to discover our photo on the holly cover.

Nicolas Joly
www.NicolasJoly.com
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High Speed Sync for Over The Top Action

DanielM_Quantum_HSSI love to shoot Action Sports events like X Games, Dew Tour or US Open, there’s just something about seeing the best athletes in the world performing right in front of you.  What makes me feel even better is when I capture amazing photos of them.

For events like this, I like to keep my setup as simple as possible, but I also need something to give me a little edge in front of all the other photographers standing right next to me.  I like to keep it simple just so I can move around, instead of being anchored to my flash.  I usually take a good selection of lenses, this insures that I get the whole course covered.  Then I take my secret weapon, one Quantum Trio + a Canon Pilot and Turbo 3 battery.  This setup gives me more versatility than any other flash on the market.  I can use it off camera, and still have full control of the flash, including High Speed Sync Mode.  I can also place it on top of my camera for fisheye shots, or just to get compelling lifestyles when I am walking around.  With the Turbo 3, I completely forget about recycle times, overheating or running out of battery power.  The Trio just works!

This shot is from the Burton US Open competition.  It takes place in Vail, Colorado and is a huge event for the Action Sports industry.  All the best snowboarders in the world were present this year.  I had my Trio on a monopod, and I had my assistant track with the riders as they flew 15-20 feet off of the edge of the Super Half-Pipe.  I couldn’t really use a light stand, since the athletes fly really high and cover a big distance.  If you don’t have an assistant, a friend will do the job just as well.  I wanted the flash to act more as a fill light, rather than making it obvious/overused.  I just wanted enough detail in the rider, so he doesn’t look like a silhouette against the sun.  Having the Pilot on top of the camera allowed me to control the power output until I got exactly what I wanted.  Getting a great photo was a combination of my skills and the skills of my assistant handling the flash.  It took us couple tries, but then pretty much every shot looked amazing.

I have another great story coming soon, it’s about the X Games in Aspen, CO and how I was getting numerous frames per second, not only from my camera but from my flash as well.

Daniel Milchev
www.danielmilchev.com
www.actionphotoschool.com

There’re All Speaking Quantum

I am surprised at how often the “can a Trio work with both Canon and Nikon” question comes up. The short answer is no, but there is more to the story.

If you use both Canon & Nikon bodies you may be interested to know that the Quantum Trio, Pilot and CoPilot all “speak Quantum.”

When you choose a Trio, Pilot, or CoPilot you need to pick a Canon or Nikon version to match the body you will be shooting with. Your unit will interpret the Canon OR Nikon TTL data it receives through its hot shoe and then it will “speak Quantum” to any remote Qflash or Trio.

This gives you the flexibility to shoot with a dedicated Canon Trio, Pilot or CoPilot on your Canon camera and control a Nikon Trio remotely, or visa versa.

 

Environmantal Portraits

IBM Mainframe Magazine hired me to make an environmental portrait of Mike Giglio, a systems specialist with Shelter Insurance in their Columbia, MO headquarters for their July issue.  Mainframe’s style is to put the subject of their stories into context.  So in this case Shelter Insurance underwrites home and auto insurance.  They wanted a variety of poses and locations in a suburban setting with homes and cars out of focus in the background.  I consulted friend and colleague LG Patterson about locations in Columbia and he suggested one of the old brick streets, which was blocks away from the Shelter Insurance campus.

A two-day window was scheduled for the shoot with Mike and the threat of bad weather pushed us into the afternoon of the backup day.  His window of availability meant high overhead sun and hot.  I found an historic home on Greenwood St. that was surfaced in brick and had large oaks to shade Mike.  At the time I scouted there were cars in front but by the time I returned with my subject they were gone, of course.  Gear wise I used a Canon 5D MkII with a 24-70mm f2.8 zoom and two Quantum Trios as fill.  One with a 26 inch Quantum Octobox at left and a main light at right with a Lumodi Beauty Dish attached.  A Pilot on camera controlled things with a 2-1 ratio between the two lights. The exposure was set in shutter preferred automatic at 1/500th at f3.2.  I always leave my Trios set with high-speed sync enabled and love the ease at which you can control the ambient lighting.  This top photo was  the third frame shot at the first location.

The next day using the same technique I also shot a head and shoulders portrait  of a former colleague for use in her social media.  She liked the studio shots okay but thought a natural setting would be more her, so I set up two Quantum Trios as above and shot her portrait on a raised deck with back lit trees as a background.  The exposure was 1/1250th of a second at f2.8.

Most of my photography involves lighting things in a natural manner and working with regular people, not models.  The ease of use with the Trios means I could travel with my subject and set up quickly while keeping him engaged.  No assistant means less expenses so there is also a profit incentive.  Using Qttl in a ratio format means no meter reading or time wasting.  My subject is not sweaty and uncomfortable on a hot day.  I have four Trios and a Pilot so there is always a backup.

 

Kevin Manning
kevinmanningphotography.com

Going to the London Olympics?

FLAGHEAD
PHOTOGRAPHIC LIMITED

Quantum Product Support for Photographers covering the 2012 Olympic Games in London

The 2012 London Olympic Games will start with the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012 and thousands of photographers will be in London for this occasion. Quantum customers from all over the world will be in the UK to cover the games and all aspects of life surrounding the Olympics.

The UK & Ireland importer of Quantum products Flaghead Photographic Ltd have announced that extra support will be available to existing Quantum users and potential new ones.

The following central London based companies will carry extra stock of Quantum products for sale and rental:

Fixation www.fixationuk.com

Calumet www.calumetphoto.co.uk

The Flash Centre www.theflashcentre.com

For fast repair service, as well as rental & sales, contact:

Fixation www.fixationuk.com

For any inquiries on Quantum products, Rental and Services contact:

Hardy Haase

Flaghead Photographic Ltd
info@flaghead.co.uk
tel 01202 733 123
www.flaghead.co.uk