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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Jay P. Morgan and how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit

Lighting Equipment

Jay P. Morgan travels to Boston for a photo-shoot aboard the oldest working ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution. Which meant that he needed to use portable, lightweight, dependable lighting gear. Watch this video to see how he makes excellent use of the Photoflex TritonFlash Kit!

Lighting Equipment


On December 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM, Hamid said:

Hello. do you have set white balance your camera in studio?

On December 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Steve DiBartolomeo said:

Very nice tutorial. I am curious as to whether you can use the Triton flash with shutter speeds above the camera’s normal sync speed. I shoot a lot of outdoor beach stuff here in Santa Cruz and my Nikon syncs up to 1/250 second—but many a time I’d like to shoot at 1/500th or even 1/1000th.  I use pocket wizards to trigger a White Lightning X2400 and a Voyager II power pack. I like the power I get from the X2400 but for a lot of running and jumping shots I’d like to be able to shoot at 1/500th or 1/1000th.  Any ideas?

On December 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM, Ben Clay said:

Hello Steve!

Yes, it is possible to shoot with a faster sync speed than 1/250th of a second with the TritonFlashes. The primary factor is the trigger system, and PocketWizards are the ideal units to use. The camera you use and the actual aperture setting you use can also be factors in successfully syncing.

In speaking with our Pro Showcase photographer, Ian Spanier, just last week, I discovered that he was able to attain a sync speed of 1/1000th of a second with his TritonFlashes. He shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, uses PocketWizards TT1 and TT5 (set to HyperSync), and two of our TritonFlash units. In an earlier test before updating the firmware in his wireless systems, he purportedly was able to achieve 1/4000th of a second sync speed with the TritonFlashes! We will be conducting some tests with various equipment to see if we can replicate these and other results, as well as putting together a general protocol for attaining such sync speeds.

Also, we will soon be posting a lesson of Ian’s, in which he used his two TritonFlashes to sync at similarly high shutter speeds. Stay tuned!

And by the way, our headquarters used to be based in Santa Cruz! In case you were unaware, we’re now located just down the road in Watsonville. Let me know if you’d like to come by for a visit and I can arrange a time for you to check out the TritonFlashes!

Best regards,
Ben Clay

On December 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Ben Clay said:

Hello Hamid,

If you are shooting in Raw format, you don’t necessarily have to dial in the proper White Balance setting beforehand in camera, as you can make adjustments to color temperature in post production software like Lightroom or Adobe Bridge. However, if color accuracy is critical to your shooting, we recommend shooting test shots with a Macbeth color chart or gray card in place either before or immediately after taking your final shots. This way, you can go in afterward in post and dial in the exact color easily. (Keep in mind that if you change your lighting after shooting a frame with a gray card, it’s a good idea to take another exposure with the gray card illuminated by your main source of light. Again, this is if your color accuracy is critical factor for your shooting.)

If you shoot in any a format other than Raw, like Jpeg, you’ll need to make sure your White Balance is set correctly before you start shooting, as the color data becomes part of the compressed image, and editing the color in post can compromise the integrity of the image.

If you have further questions on this, feel free to let me know.

Best regards,
Ben Clay

On December 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM, Steve DiBartolomeo said:

Ben, I am using a Nikon D3 and D3s and have 5 of the old pocket wizards (Plus II)—sounds like I need to pony up and pay for at least 2 or 3 of the new PW’s. Just wanted to make sure that if I do get the new generation PWs that the Triton will work in the Hyper Flash Mode.  My understanding (based on Nikon’s Speed Lights) is that in Hyper Mode the head has to make a series of very short bursts since there is no time when the shutter is completely open.

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