Why You Need a Radio Remote Trigger

One of the most useful tools I have found for my outdoor photography is a radio remote triggering device for firing flashes and my camera.

These can be useful to fire a flash that is far from the camera but also will trigger the camera to fire from a remote location. The uses are unlimited and can be used for just about any subject depending on your imagination.

The radio remote device have a sender and receiver although some are transceivers and will work as both as the sender or receiver. The sender attaches to your camera and the receiver to your flash.

Maybe you are wondering about the Infra Red triggers that are available by the manufacturers for firing flash? These are nice but have more limitations than a radio remote. The distance the IR is effective is much shorter than the radio devices and the line-of-sight between flash and sender can be an issue. Often if anything obstructs the line-of-sight between the devices the flash wont fire. You may have trouble as well if you are trying to hide the flash and receiver around a corner or maybe even in tent. If anything obstructs the signal the flash wont fire. The IR trigger also won’t fire the camera.  Here is how I use them.

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Is This The Future for Licensing To Text Books?

I teach an online class about the business of nature photography and last winter I had a student in the course that I just received an email from the other day regarding a stock usage that was proposed to him.

The student was contacting me for my opinion on a potential stock sale of an old image he had taken in the 80’s. He had been contacted by a text book company who had found his blog and the picture of the Yellowstone fire aftermath in the late 80’s. (Thanks to excellent keywording.)

They wanted to license the picture and said the target print run would be 1,000,000 text books, which I think is the planned print run before a total re-edit of the book. They offered $1200.00 for the use for a 4×6 inside use.

Now my pricing guide suggests a 1 million print run would be around $1000.00 and is probably the rate I would have quoted, but things have changed since this book was published in 2007. In this economy with plummeting prices, what can you really expect to get? Is the ‘normal’ rate a little lower or a lot lower? 

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Photographing The Elusive African Leopard

by Manus Van Dyk

Ask most wildlife photographers where in the world they would choose to go to photograph leopards and the answer will nearly always be the same – Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa.   Part of the Greater Kruger Park, but not open to the general public, Sabi Sands is rightly known as an exclusive destination. And that means an exclusive game viewing experience where guests are few but game is plentiful.

Unfenced boundaries allow wildlife to roam freely  – across the private lodges that make up the Sabi Sands reserve as well as the adjacent Kruger – giving the photographer ample opportunities to capture the majestic leopard on film. Off road drives mean you can get up close to these beautiful animals and be mesmerised by sightings of all aspects of a leopard’s life – with a kill, maybe with cubs and sometimes, just maybe with a mate. Sabi Sands prides itself on its high leopard population: in short, there is no better place to track and photograph leopards.  For that very reason it’s where we run our photography courses.

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Snowboard Photographer Fights to Get Paid and It’s Getting Ugly

Canadian snowboard photographer Chris Messervey has his hands full battling a corporate bully for unauthorized use of one of his photos.

Chris is an awesome photographer and like many adventure sports photographers, he makes his living traveling and shooting the sport and licensing his work to magazines, design projects, and corporate advertising.

Last winter he joined a group of riders in Revelstoke, BC to film and shoot. As he describes in his blog post here, the weather was not that great but he scored some nice shots.

One of the riders, pro snowboarder (and Olympic contender) Dustin Craven, loved some of the shots and suggested they send some of them to Grenade, one of Dustin’s sponsors, for a preview to see if any images would appeal to them.

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