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Preview: Drummer DJ Swanson


Quick preview of drummer and friend DJ Swanson from a promotional shoot we did recently. You may recall DJ from the shoot with his band Interplause.

I took the opportunity to test out the new Pocketwizard ControlTL units for Nikon on this shoot – the Pocketwizard FlexTT5 and Pocketwizard MiniTT1.


Photographer’s Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3

Lenses Used:

Lighting Equipment Used:

We did it up in a style Joe McNally would have been proud of – or at the very least, we used more than two remote speedlights for this. All in all, a total of 5 speedlights – my entire arsenal – went into these shots.

Stay tuned for the full set of images and the precise shooting notes, as well as a few behind-the-scenes snaps. Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be diagramming the lighting setups for these shots, too?

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My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

D800_24_70_front-squareNikon D800:
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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  1. TJ McDowell

    Did you like the Nikon version of the Pocketwizards? We use 4 of the Flex TT5’s for our Canon’s, and really like them. I think what we especially like is that it automatically jumps over to high speed sync when the shutter speed is high enough. Is the Nikon version the same way?

    • Todd

      I do like the Nikon ControlTL units. Yes, the flashes default to the TTL FP mode for Auto FP/HSS. Very nice indeed, and they sync pretty much all the way up the scale.

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