PC Sync Cords to Pocket Wizard, Tricks of Michael Bass

When I started working with SB-900’s I was taken by the cool use of the SU-800 Commander and being able to remotely change the power on the units. Way Cool. Being old school, manual was the way of the world before flying radio signals dancing through the air. This little device allows me to be hip with a radio trigger and use speed lights but drive them manually. Set the power and take a reading. What a concept. Working in the studio, I have the luxury of time and the luxury of tweaking. So with this little cord made by Michael Bass Design, I can trigger the four speed lights with one radio.

The really interesting thing is that I can trigger ANY speed light that has a PC sync and that can fit on the FourSquare. How cool is that!. Anything that works physically, has a PC socket and a hot/cold shoe, I can now trigger with a Pocket Wizard Max or any other Pocket Wizard . Rescue those old units and make a great FourSquare unit with a cable and some imagination.

Michael Bass 4 way PC sync cord

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Video of Dave Black’s Motocross Shoot

The motocross was another terrific experience with Dave Black. Getting this together was a lot of fun. A little stressful here and there but still fun. We had a couple of close calls, like a little to close to the handle bars and bikes coming at us much faster than expected. I find it amazing that Dave is able to make champagne out of some really sour grapes. I would have hoped for a nicer course, but with his technique it really applies to using the FourSquare or EightSquare to get the action. We took several sessions to get this all together as life seems to have a way of happening while your in the middle of shooting video. Dave and I had to work around some gear schedules and Dave had some family things that he was wrangling,like a wedding. Check out his “Workshops at the Ranch” with Dave Black. I have found several other videos with Dave on the web but I think ours are a notch better. Dave is the 90 percent and I am the 10. We hope you find this interesting and informative. I know that Dave has some exciting stuff coming up so pay attention. If you are a fan and want to learn with the best keep track of Dave and his web site website. I’m sure when the time is right, he will spill the beans. So keep trying, keep them on high speed sync and don’t afraid to get dirty!

 

Video of Dave Black’s Surfing Shoot

Take the time to check this out. Dave is one of the nicest guys to work with and he really knows his stuff. Check out his “Workshops at the Ranch” articles at  www.DaveBlackPhotography.com as they are packed full of information. Look for him at Photokina this year as I was told he will be sharing his thoughts on photography for Nikon. I’m sure they are probably going to have a great deal of new toys to announce as well. Dave has a down to earth style and is a super teacher. If you ever have the chance to attend one of his workshops in person, it is well worth the investment. Tell him I said hi!

I won’t spoil it here in the intro, but what you will see is someone thinking “outside of the box” to make great imagery. I can only image if we had the chance to do this on the north shore of Hawaii. I think this can only be done to this level with Nikon equipment as I don’t believe the other makers have the high speed sync all together worked out without the significant loss of light. I am sure this technique could be done with “studio” strobes but hey … only eight speed lights  … it’s amazing. Take a moment and check it out. The optic triggers were powered by RadioPoppers with some fiber optic magic dashed in by MichaelBassDesigns.com. Now on with the show …………