Pocket Wizards Plus iii + Wacom Intuos5
Its definitely been a good minute since I last updated my website and blog. Needless to say I’ve been extremely busy with work and thankfully also being able to photograph on a consistent basis. I recently also shot a new editorial for Dallas Hotel Magazine which should be coming out in early July.
A month or so ago I wrote a blog about rebranding and why it was important to businesses to have an identity and what my goal was in regards to rebranding myself for 2012.In my work I want to portray a sense of emotion, darkness, and still be able to deliver vivid, bright colors which in itself can tell a story. I want emo to look sexy! I want patterns and texture in my images to pop and make people scream!
I’ve definitely been living up to that promise with more fashion-focused images which I love, but I have obviously been doing portraits and weddings on the side as well since that pays a lot of the bills.
Here are some things I have to look towards in the next few weeks and I hope that you all find this kind of interesting as well. at least for my sake:
1) New Website Launch
2) New Logo Launch
3) New Campaign Launch
The most important update out of all of the things listed is probably the website. A website is equate to free advertising. Optimize it well enough and post enough interesting content and the world will take a glance at it. It’ll still be ran on the powerful WordPress backend with much easier to use gallery updates so that I can keep my website (book) updated for the masses to enjoy.
I’ll explain the new logo launch and the new campaign launch as more details become available for them in the next few weeks.
I also recently got two new toys!!!
Pocket Wizards Plus iii
I purchased the new Pocket Wizards Plus iii from Arlington Camera. A special thanks to Melanie for helping me get my hands on these as quickly as possible. I previously owned the second generation, but as soon as I heard the news of the new one coming out, I immediately sold it with the expectation that they were to hit the shelves in mid-April. FAIL. I went for almost three month without using my flashes because I had nothing to trigger it with, but luckily it gave me some time to learn about using natural light to photograph — side note, I still prefer using flashes. Less guessing equals less time wasted.
The new Pocket Wizards Plus iii is so much more compact in size with a built-in antenna making it easier to just toss in the bag and run when in a hurry. I don’t have to worry about that stupid antenna from the second generation bending and snapping, and etc. It comes with a ton of different mode setup that will make lighting enthusiast scream! For my purpose however, honestly, I wouldn’t be using any of it unless I plan to light a model riding a giraffe from a mile away.
It does have 32 different frequency channels which does come in handy when shooting in the same proximity as other photographers such as at a workshop. It then breaks down even further by allowing you to “group” your lights into zones so that you can do trial-and-error lighting test with the A, B, C, D zone so that you can differentiate your light setup from key, main, hair, back and whatever else you can possibly think of.
Wacome Intuos5 for Retouching
Of course, no fashion/beauty photograph can be truly amazing without the fine retouching tool of the Wacom Intuos5. I said it before, and I’ll say it again — I have no idea how I ever retouched a photograph with a mouse.
The ease and simplicity of having a pen to mimic natural brush strokes to bring in highlights and shadows with precision is without a doubt worth the premium prices for these babies! I ONLY recently just bought the Intuos4 about 10 months ago and then of course the new Intuos5 would be announced a few months later — after a almost 3 year product cycle.
At first I was debating on whether to upgrade or not because I already had all my preferences set and didn’t want to start over — and quite frankly, I didn’t need the touch feature of the Intuos5. Well, after buying it, installing it, and actually using the touch feature I slapped myself in the face.
Who was I kidding?! It was amazing! For a retoucher, having the ability to free up an express key to do something simple like panning , which can now be down with two fingers, is amazeballs! I can quickly remove a blemish, swipe the tablet to move to a different part of the body, and continue working. The Intuos5 has boosted my workflow and productivity. All my express keys are now free to do tasks that are more important like selecting the different types of adjustment layers.
The new Intuos5 is built a little more solid, almost rubber like. There’s no more cheap-looking plastic covering. All the Intuos5 now comes with the option to upgrade wirelessly with a cheap little kit. With that all said and done, this was an amazing investment!
Also — to save all you left-handed people the time and hassle, by default the Intuos5 is pre-configured for right handed people. I spent hours trying to figure out how to change the hand orientation and after installing and uninstalling multiple times I figured out I was on the wrong menu setting the whole time. To change this just go into your Intuos5 setting preferences and select your “grip pen” icon, select the mapping tab, and under express keys
Till next time, if you have any questions regarding the products or anything else in general relating to photography, please leave a comment below.