Gambling with Remotes, Content, Etc.

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Sometimes the best picture that comes from your remote camera is the one you used to test it. I look thrilled to be shooting cross country, don’t I? Better luck next time. As you might have noticed I haven’t had much time to update the blog. I have been super busy trying to find enough content to fill the pages of the 5 newspapers I work for. Yeah, you heard that right. The sizes of our papers are actually increasing. Ad revenue is up, expenses are down and all of our papers have been profitable in the last couple of months. Go figure.

Speaking of good things. All of the new newspaper websites will soon be live. You can go here to see what the new design looks like compared to the old one here. One thing that may or may not be a good thing are the inclusion of blogs. I may end up migrating this, or at least parts of it, over to the new sites. I haven’t decided yet. For those of you that subscribe, I would love to hear your opinions. Sound off in the comments or on twitter.

One of the staples of the new websites will be multimedia. Above all that means more content online. It should have been that way from the start but it wasn’t a priority. I’m not really sure it should be a priority now due to the fact that according to our website visitor numbers we have half the number of page views than subscribers to the physical paper. Small town journalism at its best. People still read the paper and I still drive by empty single copy sales boxes a couple days after we publish.

I should have a post about our “video solution” coming in the next week or so. I actually need to get a couple of videos up online before that will happen though. That about sums it up right now. Off to FCE to edit!

Pocket Wizards, oh how i love thee

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Pocket Wizards. Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny their popularity and functionality. I bought my first set of these a couple years ago and I have been adding a couple each year since. I knew that I needed a wireless solution when a dog tripped over a sync cable and pulled my lightstand with a flash into a pool. That was the last straw. Previous to the wireless revolution I was using DIY screwlock sync cords. They worked great…about half the time.

My PWs work ALL the time. I have never had a problem with them. You pay for what you get with these and they are expensive. At about $189 apiece, you need 1 per device you want to trigger so with 1 camera and 1 strobe you need 2 PWs. 2 x $189 = $378 just to use a little off camera flash. If you have 4 strobes and a remote camera you want to trigger, 5 x $189 = one arm and possibly a leg. You get the idea. Pocket Wizards are an investment. If you earn a living shooting the decision should be a no-brainer.

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