New PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller (Press Release)

For many months, people have been asking when this unit will arrive and now we can tell you that shipping will begin at the end of June!

The AC3 ZoneController is the gem of the Control TL product line. Add it to your on-camera Mini TT1 Transmitter or Flex TT5 Transceiver and you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether working in E-TTL or manual mode, you now have control over all your flashguns directly from the camera’s position. Put your flashguns wherever you want without worrying about having to access them during a shoot. With the AC3 ZoneController, you are in total control of your flash.

Three clearly labelled dials allow you to increase or decrease power to three zones of flash in 1/3-stop increments, with a range of up to six stops. Three switches allow you to change zones between Manual, Auto (Power Tracking E-TTL II) or OFF. Best of all, the design is simple with an intuitive interface.

When matched with the new Power ST5, you can also control Elinchrom RX heads from the camera position.

Key Features:

  • Three independent zones of flash control.
  • 6-stops of flash control in 1/3-stop increments.
  • Works in PowerTracking E-TTL II or Manual mode.
  • Turn zones On & Off remotely.
  • Works with Canon Speedlites, Elinchrom RX Alien Bees flash. Nikon coming soon.
  • Put your flashes where you want, without worrying about accessing them during a shoot.

The price… £59.99 inc VAT

BlackRapid FastenR-3

The FastenR-3 is BlackRapid’s latest invention for carrying your camera and lens. Finished in black nickel, the solid stainless steel design provides a positive connection point while perfecting the quick and easy attachment and release system.

The enhanced locking ridges on the FastenR-3’s underside ensure that solid connection between your camera and FastenR is strong, secure and confident.

If you are not already familiar with their products, it might be worth a visit to the BlackRapid website.

JP Code 430009 – SRP – £14 Inc VAT

“The Bernadottes in Black and White” at Nationalmuseum, Sweden

Hans Hammarskiöld, Victoria (b. 1977), Crown Princess of Sweden, 1986
“Victoria (b. 1977), Crown Princess of Sweden, 1986” Copyright: Hans Hammarskiöld

As part of Sweden’s Bernadotte Year, Nationalmuseum is presenting an exhibition of black-and-white portraits of the House of Bernadotte, from King Karl XIV Johan to the present royal family.

The emphasis is on 20th-century photographs, but some 19th-century works will also be on display. Together, they show how the art of portrait photography has evolved in Sweden over the past 150 years. Alongside the photographs, Nationalmuseum will present a selection of graphic art and drawings, mainly depicting early generations of the House of Bernadotte.

The featured photographers from the mid-19th century include Mathias Hansen and Bertha Valerius, who were practising at the time when portrait photography was becoming established as an art form and means of expression.

Lennart Nilsson, Gustav V, King of Sweden, 1950
“Gustav V, King of Sweden, 1950” Copyright: Lennart Nilsson

From the modern age, the featured photographers include Bruno Ehrs, Hans Gedda, Hans Hammarskiöld, Mikael Jansson, Denise Grünstein and Lennart Nilsson. The Bernadottes in Black and White offers an opportunity to reflect on the significance of photography and graphic art to the role of monarch, and on how art depicts the pillars of society. To illustrate how widely distributed royal portraits are, examples of reproductions on china and textiles will be exhibited.

The exhibition runs from 16 June 2010 to 23 January 2011.

“10 Ways to Improve Your Boudoir Photography Now” by Edward Verosky

"10 Ways to Improve Your Boudoir Photography Now" by Edward Verosky
Copyright: Edward Verosky

I have just finished reading Ed Verosky’s e-book, in which Ed offers sound advice based on his experiences for pro and semi-pro photographers wishing to start in, or expand upon boudoir photography.

It’s not a huge book (44 pages, approximately 50% text) but it is well written and not at all tiresome to read. The advice offered and tips given are largely common sense and many could, I’m sure, be found on the Internet with some judicious Googling. Some of the tips may even seem a little obvious to some photographers, perhaps.

However, I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel Ed has done a solid job of taking all the things you would learn for yourself over a few sessions and distilling them into a nicely filtered cup of knowledge. It’s clear (from my personal experiences) that Ed has done this, learned the lessons and sorted the most important bits into an expanded checklist to save the rest of us some time.

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HighKey Camera Straps – “A Wardrobe For Your Camera”

What The Duck Camera StrapTom Baker (for UK readers, no not our TV legend!) sent me a friendly little email,  asking me to take a look at a website recently launched by him and his friend, Andie Haugen, selling camera straps. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that excited at the time (no offence). Took a quick look, thought “yeah, that’s neat” and decided to come back when I had some spare time.

Then, I get an email from “What the Duck“, offering their new, personalized camera strap and I thought surely this must be related to the earlier email from Tom. I was right. None of this matters, particularly, other than it gives me the opportunity to say “I was right” and they don’t come along all that often.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 – Is It Any Good?

I had an email from a regular reader/contributor/buddy (that’s you, Alex) who wanted to know if TDM will be reviewing the latest version of Lightroom:

Reason for emailing, I was wondering if The Decisive Moment had caught up with the latest version of Adobe’s Lightroom?

Lightroom 2 has always been great for image workflow ~ managing large numbers of images, making exposure/tint adjustments, simple editing, printing, and uploading images, with links with Adobe Photoshop for more detailed work. Paul of Paul’s Studio had originally recommended it to me, and 10,000 images later it has proven its worth, at least to me! I was therefore keen to try out Lightroom 3, currently available as a beta, especially as it adds support for tethered shooting.

Previous ventures into tethered shooting had always been sooooo challenging – using Canon’s EOS Utility and Digital Photo Pro, remembering to start all the bits of software in the right sequence, hoping nothing went to sleep, never daring to unplug or switch off – often more of a distraction on a shoot! With Lightroom 3, just plugged in my EOS 7D in and it worked first time, every time. Being able to see full screen images (rather than occaisionally sharing the display on the back of the camera with the model) brings a new dimension to a live shoot!

Now I’ll be honest, I hadn’t planned to try it out – my wife won’t let me spend that much money on something that I already (kind of) have and I hate installing something, finding I like it and then getting locked out when the thing expires. However, Alex’s email has re-kindled my interest, so perhaps we’ll get a copy…

Anyone got anything to add or ask, feel free to put it in the comments or email direct.