'Wireless Flash Control' Category

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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Showers of Love

Forevermore Photos - Showers of Love

Forevermore Photos – Showers of Love

I am a big David Ziser fan. After reading David’s book, “Captured By the Light” I decided it was time for me to make the move to off camera flash. Unfortunately, my local camera shop talked me out of getting Quantum lighting equipment and encouraged me to buy another popular wireless controller and regular speedlights instead.

A year and a half of frustration followed. My brand new speedlights would over heat and stop working. I couldn’t wait the recommended ten minutes to use them again, so I tried replacing the batteries to help them cool off. This caused me a lot of stress and frustration. I was spending a fortune on batteries and missing shots!

Finally, I took the plunge and made a serious investment in a Trio, a Qflash T5dR and two Turbo 3 batteries. (Insert the sound of angel harps here!) The Qflashes are always ready to fire. They never overheat and the Turbo 3’s still have power at the end of my 10-hour days!

My “Showers of Love” umbrella shots are usually done at the end of the night, so it’s nice and dark out. The camera is mounted on a tripod, set to bulb exposure and second sync flash. My T5dR is under the umbrella, controlled by my on-camera Trio with its flash set very low, just for a little extra fill light. I hold the shutter open for a little while to let the ambient light in and the flash fires when I release the shutter.

My investment has practically paid for itself in savings on AA batteries. I was using as many as 24 AA batteries for each wedding. The time I saved by not stressing about AA batteries and overheated speedlight allowed me to focus on what I love best about my job… being creative.

If you are looking for reliable, beautiful lighting I highly recommend going with Quantum!

Barbara Zlotnik, Owner/Photographer
Forevermore Photos
Hatboro, PA

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

The QFlash CoPilot is coming…

CoPilot - for Canon or Nikon

The QFlash CoPilot
Your Flash Will Be Assimilated !!!

Your Flash Will Be Assimilated!!!

User-Friendly Wireless TTL Flash Controller
With Auto-Focus Assist

CoPilot ships to your dealers the week of June 11th
Estimated street price $216

Photographers can now trigger and quickly set ratios for three groups of radio controlled Qflash. Set lighting ratios on the fly, right from your camera. Simply turn three controls on the CoPilot to instantly adjust lighting ratios as you shoot.

Mix and match all the flashes you own. CoPilot controls remote Qflash TRIOs or T5dRs. And it commands any combination of non-Quantum flashes connected to a Quantum FreeXwire receiver. Click here for more information…

Portable? Yes It’s Portable.

Two Quantum Trio Flashes
Canon 5D Mark II @ ISO800
Canon 16-35mm II L @ 16mm
Exposure: 5sec, @ f/5

Shooting climbing is really exciting, but shooting ice climbing at night takes the excitement to a whole new level.

Before I even got to the spot, I figured it was going to be a difficult lighting situation, since I would be hanging off a rope about 40 feet above the ground on a frozen waterfall. I placed one Quantum Trio on the bottom of the waterfall, pointed upwards since I knew this would bring the ice texture out. I put another Trio in my backpack and after a 20 minute climb, found the perfect spot. Then I placed the second flash on camera. Thanks to the FreeXwire system I had full control over both flashes. I also took a tripod with me, and pushed it in to the ice as much as I could.

By using rear curtain sync, slow shutter speed, and a tripod, I was able to capture the lights in the background, freeze the climber, and get nice and crispy image!

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

Change Your Flashtube… Every 900,000 Shots!

Albert T. Parker of ParkWest Photography in Chandler, Arizona and his wife Patricia do on location photography at ballroom dance competitions.

Traveling the country to cover both local & regional competitions, the Parkers need powerful, studio quality lights and they need them to be fast recycling and portable as well. Al started using Qflash & Turbo in 2004. He has assembled quite a collection of our equipment over the years.

The business has been growing by leaps and bounds. Patricia usually handles sales at their events, but on occasion she will jump in to capture some of the action. Al & Patricia shoot with high-end Canon DSLR’s and they use two remote Qflash QFT5dR’s controlled by on-camera Quantum Trios.

Al logged over a million and a half images on a single Canon body in less than 18 months! When he sent his high mileage 1Ds Mk IV in for “preventative maintenance” Canon was totally amazed at how many shots he got without service. Just to be on the safe side, AL decided to change the flashtubes on his Qflashes and Trios; since they each had around 900,000 shots!

Thank you for sharing this story Al, and thanks for relying on Qflash & Turbo.