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Saturday, 1 August 2015

How To Setup a Remote Triggered Photo Booth

These are the most fun shoots! Even better than an actual booth because you get to use awesome equipment and hang out with fun people!

To setup my Photo Booth, I used the following gear:
Canon 1D X
ProFoto B1
Octabox with grid
3 x Pocket Wizard Plus II's
1 x Flash Sync Cable
1 x Remote cable
32GB Memory Card

1. LIGHTS - I setup my light or lights, depending on the scope of the backdrop and the look I am going for. I have previously used my Alien Bee Strobes and more recently, Profoto B1's. You could probably use Speedlites too. I've just never found them reliable or battery efficient besides, the quality of light from the Profoto or even the Bees, is infinitely better. Besides which, you would need two to get the job done nicely.

2. TRIPOD - I setup my camera onto a Tripod. A good sturdy tripod is useful, especially if there is going to be alcohol at the venue!

3. POCKET WIZARDS - I hook up my remote flash/camera triggers. I use Pocket Wizard II's (yes they are still going). And they are fabulous. We tried the Profoto Air remotes and they didn't work so Pocket Wizard's rule here.

4. REMOTE CABLE - So, One wizard on the the light, one on the camera hot shoe hooked up with a remote cable. Here is the link to find your cable. One final wizard for the guests.

IMPORTANT: This is the trick. Have the Wizard in your hand on Channel 1, the Wizard on the camera set to Channel 1 and the Wizard on your lights to Channel 2. (You can use other channels but the lights need to be the next channel following the camera and handheld wizard).

5. METER READING - Take a meter reading. Every venue is different and it depends on how much ambient light you want in the shots. You probably want at least f5.6 for your aperture because of the groups that tend to find themselves in front of the camera as the night goes on.

6. MODELLING LIGHT - I keep the modelling light on in low light situations or else the camera won't be able to focus.

And that's it. Have fun with your Photo Booth!

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

State Age SC Championships 2013 - Highlights

Short course season means that it is not so far to run from one side of the pool to the other. I guess it is not very safe to run but as the ultimate people pleaser, I feel compelled to get the shot for my client. Alas, I am going to have to learn to slow down before I end up in the pool!

The lighting was horrid as usual. Even worse this time because it was it was hampered by clouds and the majority of my light is natural. Of course, when the sun finally came out, the officials, understandably, ordered the blinds down because the reflection off the water means they cannot see the strokes and turns. We did our best as usual.

Canon have promised the use of their new 1D X camera and 70-200mm lens which both promise amazing quality in low light so we will see. We may have some new equipment for the Long Course Season...stay tuned!

The portraits were a lot of fun! LOVE shooting portraits...I don't have to run anywhere!

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