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Nikon® Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide, Third Edition

Book Description

Detailed coverage of the three high-end speedlights built exclusively for new Nikon SLRs

Nikon speedlights put creative control of flash at the photographer's command, and with Nikon's Creative Lighting System, flash control is practically intuitive and possibilities are seemingly endless. However, setting up, synchronizing the equipment, and determining lighting ratios can be a daunting task. This new edition of a bestseller puts your mind at ease in a flash.

Award-winning photographer Benjamin Edwards begins with the basics and demystifies the complexities of using multiple speedlights, adjusting flash outputs, and setting up a wireless studio in an understandable, approachable way.

  • Teaches you how to fill in shadows, reveal detail, and add a sense of motion or visual effects to your images, all with automatic ease and total wireless control

  • Includes coverage of other Creative Lighting System components such as Nikon's wireless commander and macro speedlights

  • Explores the basic functions of the SB-910, continues with the SB-700 and the similar, but less expensive, SB-600

  • Boasts unique, detailed advice on lighting specific subjects: weddings, pets, product shots, corporate locations, portraits, large groups, sports, and much more

While the Nikon Creative Lighting System speedlights are like having a low cost, wireless, studio lighting system that's portable enough to fit in a camera bag, this invaluable guide does fit in your camera bag and goes where you go to help you take control of this amazing lighting system.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Introduction
  5. Quick Tour
  6. Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon Creative Lighting System
    1. Main Features and Functions
    2. Anatomy of the Speedlight
    3. Camera Compatibility
    4. Included Accessories
    5. Add-on Accessories
  7. Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Nikon Speedlights
    1. Power Requirements
    2. Navigating the Speedlight Settings and Menus
  8. Chapter 3: Flash Photography Fundamentals
    1. Understanding Flash Exposure
    2. Key Terms
    3. Flash Basics
    4. Understanding Color Temperature
    5. Using Repeating Flash
    6. Using Bounce Flash
    7. Using Fill Flash
    8. Simple Light Modifiers
    9. Speedlights versus Studio Strobes
  9. Chapter 4: Advanced Wireless Lighting
    1. Flash Setup for Advanced Wireless Lighting
    2. Setting Up a Master or Commander Flash
    3. Setting the Flash Mode
    4. Setting Up Remotes and Remote Groups
    5. Making Adjustments on the Fly
  10. Chapter 5: Setting Up a Portable Studio
    1. Introduction to the Portable Studio
    2. Equipment
    3. Transporting Your Portable Studio
  11. Chapter 6: Advanced Flash Techniques
    1. Action and Sports Photography
    2. Macro Photography
    3. Night Photography
  12. Chapter 7: Flash Techniques for Portrait Photography
    1. Indoor Portraits
    2. Outdoor Portraits
    3. Pet Portraits
    4. Still Life and Product Photography
    5. Wedding and Engagement Photography
  13. Appendix A: Creative Lighting System Gallery
    1. The Swan Sings the Blues
    2. Boxing Ring Bride
    3. Pink Shoes Amongst the Moss
    4. The Castle’s Keep
    5. LaChureca
    6. Georgia On My Mind
    7. Triple Take
    8. All About the Shoes
    9. Romulan Ale
  14. Appendix B: Resources
    1. Informational Websites
    2. Workshops
    3. Online Photography Magazines and Other Resources
    4. Equipment
  15. Appendix C: How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker
    1. The Gray Card
    2. The Color Checker
  16. Glossary