CamRanger, Westcott and Elinchrom at the PPO Show, Dublin, Ohio

February 26, 2013

Like Little Dorothy said, “there’s no place like home.”  Ohio has been home most of my life, until nearly 3 years ago when we moved to Tennessee.  This past weekend was one of my very favorite shows to work for Dury’s!  This years Professional Photographers of Ohio show was the best it’s been in recent history.  The PPO is growing again and the attitude was both positive and encouraging.  I have been concerned about the PPO for many years, just watching it slowly decline was painful.  This year it was different.  From the time we pulled in and all through the show, staff stopped by to see if we needed anything at all.  How refreshing and helpful that was!

I was asked to do two little “mini-seminars” in the gazebo area.  It was pretty tiny, and I’m sure we have outgrown it for next year.  We decided I would show the  CamRanger in action.  This has been a very exciting product for us and our customers.  Finally, the ability to shoot wirelessly to an iPad and it doesn’t take an engineering degree to make it happen.  If you email me directly, I can save you some money on your purchase, but you have to call or email me to get the savings.  [email protected] is the easiest way to get in on this.  If you want to see it in action, here is a video .

The CamRanger works on most any Nikon or Canon camera.  So I had to borrow a camera from my boss since I don’t have one of those in my current arsenal.  This was shot on a Nikon D3s and 24-120 zoom lens.  I shot both RAW and JPEG on my card and sent small jpeg’s to the iPad.  This image was taken right from the card, no exposure adjustment, just some Nik Software Glamour Glow and Imagenomic Portraiture.  Lighting was a couple of Westcott Spider lights that were in soft boxes.  The separation light was about a 12×36 strip bank with fabric grids, I use a similar lighting set up for a lot of my personal work.

This was the first time I’ve ever used a background by Serendipity Backgrounds.  I was blown away by how nicely it photographed and reacted to a simple lighting adjustment.  I was shocked to hear that these average right at $100.00 making them super affordable!  I’m glad I was able to shoot on these a few times and had super favorable results both times.

This is a couple to watch!  

I’ll wrap this up with a quick “one light” portrait I did of my friends Willard and Shawn Jones.  This was a 53″ Elinchrome Deep Inverted Rotalux.  No other light, not even a reflector!  I have never used any light source like this other than it’s big brother, the 72″ Octabank.  In my opinion, it would be money better spent to buy this box and a $400.00, 200 Ws light over the same amount on an inexpensive, multiple light set!  Keep your eyes on this couple, they are real up and comers, plus a wonderful couple.  They have built an incredible business in a short period of time.  If you listen to them speak its obvious why.  A lot of  hard work and extreme customer service.  No secret there, but not many are willing to do it either.  This past week was their first program at PPO, and I was super impressed by the amount of information they presented in a short period of time.  You two rock!  Very proud to call you friends.


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