Wireless ETTL triggering may well be the holy grail for the strobist generation. There are plenty of options if you want to trigger your small lights in manual but to make use if the sophisticated TTL functions is not so simple. Phottix, makers of the Phottix Atlas and the Phottix Strato triggers are about to jump into the fray with a new flash remote that promises to allow wireless TTL triggering of your speedlites. This new trigger promises –
• Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
• High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
• Second curtain sync functions
• Remote power control in A:B, A:B C ratio modes with +/- EV …adjustments
• Remote power control of groups in TTL mode with +/- EV …adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stops)
• Remote manual mode flash power control
• Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
• On-camera AF Assist Light
For me personally, the ability to use high speed sync and the second curtain sync functions will make these a must-have.
To that end, Phottix are running a competition to give the flash a name. Full details will be available at the Phottix Journal next Monday but I can tell you that they want to expand their naming system away from the Greek mythology that has been used thus far to take more nations into account.
Time for a look around the online photography world to see what’s been happening.
The World Press Photo awards have been announced with Jodi Bieber taking home the top prize for her portrait of Bibi Aisha photographed for Time. Jury chair David Burnett likened the photograph to a select group of other iconic images that are readily known to everybody. Head over to the World Press Photo website to see it and all the other winners.
Clarion Call took place last weekend with over 2500 photographers from around the world taking part. You can still get MP3′s and transcripts if you wish to relive it or weren’t able to attend. They are available on the Clarion Call website.
The In Focus photoblog at The Atlantic has a great collection of Chinese Lunar New Year photographs from around the world.
The 2011 Photocrati Fund for professional and emerging photographers is open for entries. Last years fund focused on non-professionals but this year sees a change. They will award a $5000 grant to photographers who undertake important humanitarian and environmental projects. The deadline to enter is April 1st.
Sticking with the field of grants, Sean Gallagher has a very informative post describing the impact that being a recipient of the first Burn – Emerging Photographer grant has had on him as a photographer. In the post he talks about how he went about applying for the grant and what the resulting impact has been. Be sure to spend some time on the rest of his site which is full of excellent documentary imagery. For anyone interested in applying for the 2011 Burn – Emerging Photographer grant, do so before May 1st.
Facebook fan pages are pretty much obligatory for working photographers these days. The social network has become an important avenue for marketing and generating awareness of you as a photographer. Editorial and commercial photographer Nathan Armes has posted a tutorial describing how he customized his and integrated his Photoshelter galleries into it.
If you haven’t signed up for an account at Photoshelter, do so via this link and you’ll save a few dollars.
Finally, Steve McCurry offers some advice to photographers just starting out in a post titled Don’t Wait For The Phone To Ring. Very wise advice indeed.