Archive | October, 2009

Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 & Receivers

29 Oct

Finally got my Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 and receivers and have been trying them out. So far I love them and have not had any misfires as people have claimed.  As a product, they are very steady and portable compared to the V2 receivers.

I was able to trigger my flash (SB-600) at distances of about 50 feet with walls in-between me and flash, and was able to trigger the flash in open spaces at a whooping distance of 180-190 feet. I did not see much of a difference in distance if the antenna was up or down.

Some of the other tests I performed were:

  • High Frame Rate fire: At about 5 fps (frames per second) with a battery grip(MB-D80) and the flash at full power, the flash was not able to keep up with every frame. I got about 1 in every 5 shot flash trigger (Note: batteries were not fully charged). I believe this is mainly due to the flash recycle time.
  • When the flash was at its lowest power 1/64th of full power, the flash was able to keep up with every frame shot.

The extra receivers I got would eventually be coupled with my current SB-600 and the future SB-24 or SB-25.

Here are a few picture of the trigger and receiver.

 

26/365 – 10/23/09 [365 Days @ 50mm] – Playing around with off camera flash

23 Oct

Decided to play with flash lighting and see how dramatic I can make the background by playing around the shutter speed and the F number.

The one’s with the dramatic background were taken on full manual, f/22, 1/200sec @ ISO200. While the one with that day light background was taken in shutter priority mode, f/6.3, 1/200 sec @ ISO 200. All were taken with the flash off camera to the left using a 50mm f/1.8 lens.



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Photography Gear Wish List – Off camera lighting Update

16 Oct

I just pulled the trigger on getting some equipment for my off camera lighting. I purchased a Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 and 2 Cactus Wireless Flash V4 Receiver’s . With this setup, I would be able to shoot with the flashes off the camera. I read some good reviews about the Cactus Wireless Triggers and Receivers, and for under $100 I would able to fire 3 separate flashes, compared to a single $170 pocket wizard.

I am also looking to pick up 2 extra flashes (Nikon SB-26 or SB-28dx under $100 each) to add to my SB-600. To top this all up, a softbox would seal the deal for me.

As soon as I get them and have tried them out, I would surely give a review about them.

Happy Shooting.

16/365 – 10/13/09 [365 Days @ 50mm] – BookSmart & Badagry Slave Heritage

13 Oct

I have been working on and off putting together a photo-book about my trip to a slave trade heritage museum in Badagry (Lagos Nigeria). Looking to warp this up soon. Stay tuned!

iPhoto & BookSmart by Blurb (http://www.blurb.com/) have come in real handy in getting the task done.

Some photos from the 365@50mm project.

12 Oct

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Participating in a 365@50 Project!

4 Oct

A couple of blog post’s ago, I was hinting on taking on a personal projects that would help me in my photography journey. If you have not read it feel free to read about it here.

I have decided to take part in a project started by a fellow photographer Shawn Duffy. And the premise of the project is to take a picture everyday for the next 365 days just using a 50mm lens. You can read more about the project here.

I have been having fun so far and I have just uploaded my first set of picture’s taken over the last couple of days. I hope to post a picture everyday and not wait until the end of the week.

I tweet about my new postings on my twitter account.

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The Best Camera

2 Oct

The best camera is the one that’s with you.” – Chase Jarvis

This is very true! as a photographer enthusiast I find it very difficult carrying around my Nikon D90 DSLR everywhere I go, but I find myself in situations where I wished I had my DSLR with me. I have found myself going to events as a guest and leaving the Nikon D90 with the battery grip at home (even thou it’s painful to do that), because I just feel the camera is too bulky to take with me. So I settle for the point and shot.

Since I can not take the point and shoot everywhere I go, that is where my iPhone comes into play. My first generation iPhone with 2.0 mega pixels comes in handy in well lit areas, and I take a ton of pictures with the iPhone just because that seems to be the only camera with me.

Chase Jarvis is a well renowned photographer; one of his latest projects was compiling the astonishing pictures he has taken over some time with his iPhone into a book titled “The Best Camera“. And from his experience of taken photos using his iPhone and applying filters, updating and uploading his photos to his social network; he thought why don’t I just come up with an iPhone app that does all the heavy lifting in one simple process. And he did, the app is called “Best Camera“, visit his page for more details about the application.

The application comes in handy as an app I can use on the go without having to download the photos into something like Photoshop or Light Room and then apply the cool effects. These can all be done on the iPhone.

Here are some of the things I hope the future releases would have:

  • Ability to choose the frame color. Since the frame color only comes in white as of now, the picture frame is not prominent on webpage’s with white backgrounds, or to have a drop shadow along the edges of the frame.
  • Ability to delete pictures once uploaded to the Best Camera website.
  • Ability to use some kind of slider to decrease or increase the filter effects.
  • Some sort of customization to upload to other sites such as Flickr, SmugMug, Zenfolio etc.

I found the app very easy to use and very easy to share with my twitter account followers, my FaceBook account and also uploading a copy to the Best Camera website. I have gotten rave reviews from friends and families on FaceBook when they learnt the photo came from my iPhone. Here are the some before and after photos.

Here are photos I have submitted to the Best Camera website.

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