Category Archives: Useful Info

POV shooting…


A bunch of people have responded to yesterday’s video about the “Luka-Cam” asking for more information. The Luka-Cam video will be included in a much longer video about PocketWizards that will be finished in a couple of weeks. So until then I suggest you check out these two terrific resources.

Chase Jarvis TECH: POV Photography. In this video Chase walks you through his process of creating “killer point-of-view (POV) images.” This is a great video and the page also has some video stills to help illustrate the details.

PocketWizard: Behind the Scenes with Jack Reznicki. This video will show you how to use a pocket wizard to trigger your camera. It’s three minutes of fun.

In the video I used two PocketWizard Plus II transceivers; one on the camera and one in my hand. The PocketWizard in my hand triggered the PocketWizard on the camera which in turn told the camera to take the picture.

I also used a pre-trigger cable from the PocketWizard to the camera. This is a special cable that keeps the camera “alive”. It’s just the same as holding the shutter release button halfway down. Check the PocketWizard site for the cable that matches your camera.

The Magic Arm is made by Manfrotto. B&H Photo has a Magic Arm Kit that is a great deal. The whole thing is just under $140.

The most important part of the photo shoot was, of course, Luka. Luka was rescued by Diane in 2005 and he’s a big part of our family. We are very pro-adoption and encourage everyone to adopt a pet if possible. Check out and skip the mall pet stores forever.

If you live in the Phoenix Metro area we highly recommend two local charities: The Arizona Humane Society and Arizona Rescue. Diane spends almost every saturday at The Arizona Humane Society with her camera at her side. She takes many of the wonderful photos you see on their site. It’s amazing how much good a photo can do. Almost every dog she photographs is adopted.

Scarlet and Red Epic

In case you missed it Red just announced a new system for their DSMC (Digital Still and Motion Camera) with two brains; Scarlet and Red Epic. Chase Jarvis talked about this possibility a few weeks ago and now it’s become a reality.


For a sneak peek at the marketing materials click here.  I’m not sure how long these will be live so forgive me if the link is broken.

The implications for photographers, like myself, who shoot both video and still is pretty staggering.  For the cost of a medium format camera I can have both a high end still and HD system that rivals film. Ultimately this lowers costs and increases quality and productivity.

I’m going to beg, borrow, steal one of these systems as soon as I can. I’m just about $50k short at the moment but hopefully a local rental shop will start stocking this system. I can’t wait.

I find this appropriate since I’m just a few hours away from getting a look at a Red One system. Who knows, maybe there will be some used Ones on the market soon.


Sekonic 758DR Calibration

I’ve been asked many times how to calibrate a Sekonic 758DR to a specific Camera.  Well Phil and the gang over at Sekonic have made it easy for you.  Here’s a quick video that explains the entire process.

If you don’t see the video, click here.

To download the Data Transfer Software, click here. Remember, this is a new version of the software and it works much better than the previous version.

New York

We’ll I’m finally back from my brief trip to New York.  I was in New York shooting, picking up Andrew, and also making some new friends.  I was invited to drive north and chat with a few people at Sekonic, Pocket Wizard, Profoto, and Mamiya (and a few others).  They’d seen some of my YouTube videos and gave me an open invitation to talk to them about their products – who wouldn’t jump at that?

I was able to get a first hand look at the new calibration software for the Sekonic L-758DR (it works!) and I was also able to get my hands on one of the new Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 meters.

Phil from Sekonic showed me some features of the L 758DR that I didn’t even know existed.  He also walked me through the operation of the C-500 Color Meter. Now color correction is going to be a snap.  I can’t wait to make a few videos to show you some of the things I learned.

After a full day of chatting and learning I took a train back to Manhattan. Yesterday I was able to spend a few hours walking the streets, meeting people, and shooting.  Drew and I filmed a little bit of our walk about the city and I’ll be editing and posting some of those videos soon.

I met an interesting man named Richard in Washington Square Park. He’s a chess player and I actually played him a round of chess and lost in 51 seconds. I had a blast playing on a clock, it was the first time I’d ever done it and the first time I’d played chess in at least 10 years. Here are a few shots of Richard that I took while we were chatting.

Richard the chess king
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© Copyright 2008 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

© Copyright 2008 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

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New look

We decided to ditch the old flash interface on our home page and we now have a much faster and easier to use site.  Take a trip over to to see what we’ve done with the place.  It’s a work in progress but I think it’s a good start.


Mirror Image

While walking through Ikea yesterday I saw a huge wall sized photo that looked strangely familiar.  For a few minutes I thought that the photo was mine (purchased as stock), but it turned out to be the work of another photographer.  I dug through my photo archive and found my photo from 2005.  I’ve posted both photos below.  Freaky.

My photo from 2005.

The photo on the wall at Ikea.