Manly Dam Riders
I was out today testing some new gear, Pocketwizard’s Mini TT1, Flex TT5 and AC3 Zone Controller. These radio triggers have replaced my eBay radio triggers and have alot more coverage, features and reliability but do have a price to match. I decided a trip out to Manly Dam was a good testing ground to see how they worked. I must say that I am impressed and the money was definitely worth it. Not only am I able to shoot TTL now over any usable distance but I have complete power control over different flashes in different groups. Great for two fill flashes used in a fill-flash and rim light setup.
The AC3 Zone Controller allowed me to dial power levels without having to keep moving back and forth to the flashes which were stuck in the bushes off to the sides of the track. Big time saver. My first experience is that TTL will chew thru my batteries alot quicker but there is a Manual mode which should extend this period. More testing to do.
As many of the riders were out enjoying the cooler weather and doing multiple laps of the dam, they started to stop and ask me what I was shooting for and where the images could be found. Well guys, you can browse the gallery and if you want to purchase any I have made them very affordable.
Thanks and I will be posting more about these new toys as I test them out in different scenarios. Happy shooting.
Glow Ball image from ACP Lighting
As I have recently finished a number of courses at the ACP, Australian Centre of Photography, I feel compelled to write about it and spread the word to other aspiring photographers. I have taken part of three classes, Camera Craft 1, Camera Craft 2 and recenlty Lighting. One word to sum up my experience, Awesome. Every class built further upon what the previous class had to offer, extending ideas and skills by using examples and weekly assignments. What I found to be most interesting was the viewing of other classmates photos and seeing the variety of compositions, ideas and uses of camera to achieve the same assignment.
The Camera Craft series were well planned and covered the regular techniques and skills to improve on ones knowledge of photography. Some of the topics were basic but this assured that all attending understood those basics so that the class could continue to expand without leaving anyone scratching their heads in confusement.
Where I really started to see great creativity was in the Lighting class. Maybe, because this was the area of least practice to me and it really pushed me to think and come up with great new ideas and possabilities. Our teacher Geoff McGeachin was fantastic in his knowledge, so much that he made things look to easy. When we were turned loose to shoot individually I could see the wheels of thought turning in people’s heads as to what to do and how to do it spun away.
Since then I have purchased some lighting gear and am extending my ideas further and further am hoping this post will help anyone out there if they are thinking of attending a course themselves and don’t know where to go. I feel the ACP offers a great service at very reasonable value, especially the 10-week Lighting course as we had full use of studio equipment and studio and a model came for a shoot twice during the course. The teachers were always sending us info via email and answering questions as to what to purchase, where and what to avoid.
I am posting some of my work here in hope to inspire some into attending, I don’t have any affiliation with the centre, but am a overly satisfied customer and now a member who simply wants to spread the word. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reply to this post, love to hear your questions and to the friends made in the classes, keep shooting.
ACP – http://www.acp.org.au/
All the best for the new year.