Hi gang: I thought I’d do a quick video (above) for you all here on the blog that takes you through the step-by-step process of setting up a wireless remote camera — ideal for sports, for weddings, or anywhere where you can’t get a camera, or can’t be at two places at once.
If you have any questions that I didn’t cover in the short video above, just post ’em here and I’ll do my best to answer them, once I’m awake and have a cup of coffee or three. Cheers, and hope you have a great kick-off to your week.
Scott, do u know if a D4 can be fired with PW Mini TR5’s in bulb mode, or how I can do it?
Hi Ken: I haven’t used the Mini’s enough to know. Sorry bro.
Excellent video, Scott. I imagine this set-up would come in handy around skittish wildlife, as well. You should do a video blog more often!
Thanks John. :-) (Never thought of it for wildlife — I wonder if you can set it to quiet shutter mode for that?).
Good point, Scott! I imagine you could, as it’s just a dial setting on the Nikons, just like the high speed continuous mode you showed in the video (you know, I bet you still get giddy when you fire off the D4 in HSC!) :-)
Funny you say that John because while watching the video, I couldn’t help thinking, “I bet half the reason Scott is into photography is for the sound of that high speed shutter firing.” When he hits that shutter release on HSC, he’s got that same look on his face as he does when he’s wailing away on his gee-tar. :-)
Trev: It’s sad….but true. :)
Cool video Scott, I just have one question about the remote camera’s focussing, AF-C or prefocus manual?
I prefocus manual. :-)
then tape it down!
Scott, what other items would you need to set it up high (overhead). And how do you fastened the security cables?
Sam, there’s a lot more to it than I can answer here in a comment on a post, but it starts with TWO Manfrotto Magic Arms.
scott, if you want to add remote flash to the remote camera, the PW connected to the flash has to be one channel up. CH 17 on camera and CH 18 0n the flash and you should be good to go.
Thanks Scott. This is very helpful.
Scott â€“ After you make the video, does anybody ever look at the video? (Too much BLACK, again.)
Hey Otis — if that bothers you, good news — you don’t have to watch it. Thanks for complaining that your free content wasn’t served up just the way you like it. :)
Great little video, Scott! For those of us who have the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1, they’ll also work well with this setup after an adjustment is made using the PocketWizard Utility. Anyone interested should call their PW’s tech support for a simple walk-through. (I can’t remember what had to be turned on or off in the utility software. Once it’s done, you never have to do it again.)
It would be great if Photoshop User members could get a discount on the fPlates. Any chance of that happening, Scott?
I use the Lowel ‘Big Foot’ plate as a ground pod. It has a fixed screw for mounting a ball head. I also clamp it to the top of my step ladder for those high angle perspectives.
Thanks for the video Scott
boy this helped! thanks! do i have to buy 2 pocket wizards? why is better to have 2 remotes versus one?
Awesome Vid. Thanks for the info
Mounting on the truss is more of a question for me, as I have a mounting job for remotes to do next week. The question I have is adapting something like a Mafer or Cardellini clamp to attach a camera. You have a good way to mount a ball head to a lighting style pin, or should I head down to the machine shop this weekend (yes, I have one)
Just a thought. It would be a lot easier to see all your black gear if you weren’t providing the background with your black clothing. Everything just looked like a dark blob in front of your shirt.
I liked it. Now I gotta give it a shot,…ha ha,…a shot
The images you captured with the set up were great…
al all three things and a few $1000s for three times the amount of equipment and the exposure of having your equipment jacked as it sits out in the open…