Promote GPS for Nikon – review by Beau Johnston

Outdoor travel expert and photographer Beau Johnston took the Promote GPS on his recent trip to Arizona. Here is what he had to say. Full review can be found here.Screenshot 2015-09-02 07.40.47

Overall GPS accuracy was what I would have expected, and continues to provide the coordinate information needed for travel and work photography. I am able to zoom in with Map module to locate images take at different locations during a trip or site survey, which has been a big boost to my workflow!

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Photographers can now externally control the Panasonic GX8 and perform advanced techniques using the handheld Promote Control or USB Tether desktop software.

Promote Control and the GX8:P-CTRL-1

  • Full camera control in a pocket-sized remote
  • One Shot Mode
    • Set shutter speed, aperture, ISO; trigger camera externally to avoid camera shake
  • Advanced HDR Bracketing
    • Up to 45 images per bracket
    • Steps from 1/3 to 9 EV
    • Rapid HDR workflow
  • Fine control Time-Lapse & HDR Time-Lapse
  • Integrate with 3rd-party pano heads & dollies
  • Weather sealed (great for outdoors)
  • Long battery life (up to 100 hours)
  • More features will be added in the future with free firmware updates
  • Promote Control requires firmware version 3.22 or later

International customers! We are offering $50 discount on shipping of Promote Control outside USA and Canada now through September 30, 2015. Enter code ‘50OFF’ at checkout.

USB Tether software and the GX8:box2

  • Control your camera from PC or laptop
  • View camera settings*
    • Exposure Mode, Shutter Mode, Focus Mode
  • Change exposure settings*
    • Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO
  • Capture images remotely*
  • View images as they are taken
  • Automatically download full-size images
  • A fully functional 14-day trial version can be downloaded at here

*Also available in Promote Control.



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$50 OFF international shipping of Promote Control through September 30

promotes all over the world bNow through September 30, you can get a $50 discount on shipping of Promote Control to destinations outside USA and Canada. Enter code ’50OFF’ at checkout.

Choose any shipping method! $50 covers most standard international shipments. You can also apply the discount to the express or expedited option.


‘THE VOYAGE’ by Beno Saradzic

Award-winning filmmaker Beno Saradzic has been a longtime Promote Control user. His latest work is a brilliant timelapse of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.  

THE VOYAGE was shot using the Promote Control. Here’s what Beno had to say about it:

Promote Control was used to trigger time lapse sequences with intervals shorter than 1s which no other intervalometer on the market could offer. This was a very important feature in my film because I wanted fluidity for all scenes featuring people so I chose 0.7s intervals, instead of the usual 1 to 2s intervals. It’s a solid and reliable device which had served me very well for the past 3 years. It has no alternative as far as I’m concerned. – Beno Saradzic

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Upgrade Your Summer HDR Toolkit: Save $60 on Oloneo PhotoEngine Software

To all HDR fans! Our friends at Oloneo are offering a 40% discount on PhotoEngine software. Photo Engine allows for ultra-fast loading of large bracketed images, advanced batch processing and more, and is the software of choice for Promote Control user Beno Saradzic.

pe-logoPhotoEngine for Windows: $89 only (full price $149). Use coupon code SUMMER2015PS3 at checkout. Offer ends on Aug 10, 2015. Buy now.

More info | Free trial | Using PhotoEngine with the Promote Control

Oloneo PhotoEngine is an HDR-imaging, RAW-processing and dynamic-relighting application, offering professional photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time. PhotoEngine offers ultra-fast loading of large multiple bracketed images, full-quality HDR editing, advanced batch processing and presets. PhotoEngine is available for Windows and runs very well under Parallels Desktop or other similar virtual machines.

Timelapse with Pentax 645z medium format camera and Promote Control by Joel Schat

Timelapse guru Joel Schat used the Pentax 645z medium format camera and the Promote Control to shoot parts of his latest ‘Ice Castles’ video for Roadtrippers:

Joel explored the capabilities of the new Pentax 645z and used the Promote Control as an intervalometer. The quality and detail of images taken with the 645z allowed for large zoom in post production. The Promote Control gave Joel the flexibility to set intervals with sub-second precision and change exposures in between the frames. Here is a behind the scenes video with more footage:

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Bulb Ramping with the Promote Control – tutorial and sunrise bramping example by Grant Kaye

Day-to-night timelapse aficionados! Promote Control user Grant Kaye shared a thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to perform bulb ramping with the Promote Control. Here is a resulting timelapse of a sunrise Grant captured:

In post, I ramped the development parameters in LR Timelapse (exposure and WB) but I did not have to deflicker because the Promote did an excellent job.

The Promote Control offers high-precision bulb ramping by ensuring accuracy of up to 0.001 EV steps. This makes the light variation in a timelapse of a sunset/sunrise seamless. And, if the light changes come unexpectedly, you have the ability to make live modifications to your exposures without disrupting your camera or setup.

I don’t like carrying around a computer when I’m already carrying a 60 lb bag so I only use portable battery-powered bulb ramping devices.

Read Grant Kaye’s tutorial on how to set up bulb ramping with the Promote Control here.

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