Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More testing!

shutter speed 1/640 aperture f 4.0

shutter speed 1/1250 aperture f 2.8

shutter speed 1/640 aperture f-4

shutter speed 1/8000 aperture f 2.0

shutter speed 1/5000 aperture f 2.0

shutter speed 1/2500 aperture f 5.6

shutter speed 1/8000 aperture f 5.6

The photo's above are examples using the new Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 off camera flashes. The photo's of Dave are jpgs right out of the camera. No work was done to them at all. Zhenni (Jen) on the other hand are RAW files and have been retouched since this was a real shoot.

Have you noticed when you buy a new electronic device the instruction come in different languages. I think they do that so if you don't understand it in English maybe it will make better sense in Portuguese.

The new Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 transmitter and transceiver unites have been challenging me for some time. Much has been written about them but I think they are being returned as fast as they are being purchased. The common thread I hear is they're to complicated. When things don't work the way you expect them to you naturally turn to the DIRECTIONS. As I went through the 45 pages of techno jumbled word game. I'm still somewhat lost. The first page should say massive brain power is required and then in little print it should say once you understand the direction results may vary. But I'm always up for a challenge and I really want to understand these things and use them to their fullest capabilities.

I won't get into the flash RF (radio frequency) interference or the proposed anti-magnetic cloth shield you might want to buy to extend its range. Or tuning the head in the opposite direction so to reduce RF noise or using the off camera cord to separate the flash from the TT5 transmitter. These are all work around proposals by photographers trying to get them to work as they claim. Which in my opinion is absolute FBS! You shouldn't have to purchase anything! It's already supposed to do what it claims without buying a freaking Kryptonite shield. What happen to plug and play! OK enough of that!

As far its operation. Unpredictable and inconsistent results. It could be operator error and this is why I'm working this thing hard. When it works its wonderful and I really want it to work.

For those that don't know what I'm talking about. The premise is to be able to shoot multiple off camera speedlite flashes / radio controlled / E-TTL and have independent flash head ratio controls with use of a controller. Sounds great and it is.

This allows all kinds of creative tools which we didn't have before. For example; I made a portrait in the middle of the day not a cloud in the ski at ISO 100 the shutter speed was 1/8000 of a seconds and the aperture was f- 2.0 and the strobe light was perfect on the subjects face. The shallow depth of field was beautiful. In this shot the ski and background were underexposed slightly. Think about that f- 1.4 off camera E-TTL strobe capability. WOW! The same shot @ f-5.6 the sky was almost jet black and he subject was perfect again!

My problems come when I try to use ratio's and a softbox. As I would expect output through a softbox is difficult since I'm using limited flash. Therefore the box has to be close. But the ratio thing has got me scratching my head. The "instructions" recommend using an addition EXII flash on top of the TT1 transmitter as a master controller for the other flashes. I don't have three EXII flashes and I would hate to have put a $450.00 flash on the camera and use it as a controller. So I'm using the ST-E2 speedlight Transmitter as the controller. As per the "instruction" it is supposed to work but I haven't quite figured it out yet. I can get to work in some scenarios but not all. I'll keep you posted.


damienmaloney said...

Yeah, I picked up a set about a month ago, played with them for about 3 days and took them back because they wouldn't fire in hardly any situation other than line-of-sight. Not to say I plan on taking a lot of photos with my flashes hiding behind things, but I could routinely do it with the PW Plus IIs, and when you're spending that much money, the range should be there. I even took them on an assignment and they didn't work at like a 10 foot range line of sight. Great idea, but people buy RF triggers because they're more reliable than IR, I couldnt stand it.

Anonymous said...

That is some sexy testing! Great to see you the other night at Darryl's.