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The Nikon Creative Lighting System, 3rd Edition

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With the new and rapidly evolving technology, flash photography (especially advanced light modeling with modern iTTL flash systems) has become an art in itself and should be mastered by all aspiring photographers-amateurs as well as professionals-who are often helpless when it comes to using the full potential of these systems.

Using a simple, step-by-step method for setting up and using the newest Nikon iTTL flash units, Mike Hagen teaches all the steps required to achieve consistent and amazing flash photos. He solves the common frustrations associated with flash and teaches readers how to use the SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 strobes. Also included is a chapter showing system configuration so readers can duplicate the desired results on their own.

Beginning at a basic level and progressing to more advanced techniques, Mike teaches you everything you need to know about mastering Nikon's iTTL flash system.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. 1 CLS Background
    1. What are CLS and iTTL?
    2. What Works with iTTL?
    3. What Doesn’t Work with iTTL?
    4. Can I Use the SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, or SB-910 on My Old Camera Body?
    5. What Is D-TTL?
    6. Capabilities of CLS
  7. 2 Quick Start Guide
    1. Just Show Me How to Set it Up!
  8. 3 Flash Theory
    1. Light
    2. How a Flash Fires
    3. Controlling the Power
    4. Stops
    5. Thirds of a Stop
    6. Guide Number
    7. Camera Sync Modes
    8. Which Sync Mode Should You Use?
    9. Making Good Use of Flash Power
  9. 4 SB-600 Buttons, Modes, Menus, and Operation
    1. SB-600 Buttons and Controls
    2. SB-600 Custom Settings Menus
    3. Using the SB-600 as a Dedicated Flash
    4. Using the SB-600 as a Remote Flash
  10. 5 SB-800 Buttons, Modes, Menus, and Operation
    1. SB-800 Buttons and Controls
    2. SB-800 Custom Settings Menus
    3. Using the SB-800 as a Dedicated Flash
    4. Using the SB-800 as a Remote Flash
    5. Using the SB-800 as a Commander Unit
    6. Using the SB-800 as a Repeat Commander Unit
    7. Using the SB-800 as an SU-4 Unit (Commander or Remote)
  11. 6 SB-700 Buttons, Modes, Menus, and Operation
    1. SB-700 Buttons and Controls
    2. Using the SB-700 as a Dedicated Flash
    3. Using the SB-700 as a Remote Flash
    4. Using the SB-700 as a Commander Unit
    5. Using the SB-700 as an SU-4 Remote Unit
  12. 7 SB-900 and SB-910 Buttons, Modes, Menus, and Operation
    1. SB-900 and SB-910 Buttons and Controls
    2. SB-900 and SB-910 Custom Settings Menus
    3. Using the SB-900 or SB-910 as a Dedicated Flash
    4. Using the SB-900 or SB-910 as a Remote Flash
    5. Using the SB-900 or SB-910 as a Commander Unit
    6. Using the SB-900 or SB-910 as a Repeat Commander Unit
    7. Using the SB-900 or SB-910 as an SU-4 Unit (Commander or Remote)
  13. 8 SB-500 Buttons, Modes, Menus, and Operation
    1. SB-500 Buttons and Controls
    2. Setting Flash Exposure Modes
    3. Using the SB-500 as a Dedicated Flash
    4. Using the SB-500 as a Remote Flash
    5. Using the SB-500 as a Commander Unit
    6. Other SB-500 Commander Functions
  14. 9 SU-800, SB-R200, and R1C1 Operation
    1. SU-800 Buttons and Controls
    2. Using the SU-800 as a Commander Unit
    3. SB-R200 Buttons and Controls
    4. Using the SB-R200 as a Remote Flash
    5. Using the R1C1 Kit
  15. 10 Five-Step Plan for Great Flash Photography
    1. Step 1: Set Camera Shutter Sync
    2. Step 2: Set Flash Mode
    3. Step 3: Set Flash Power
    4. Step 4: Take Picture and Review Result
    5. Step 5: Change Settings as Needed and Shoot Again
  16. 11 Wireless Flash Camera Capabilities
    1. Using the D70 as a Commander
    2. Using the D80, D90, D200, D300/300s, D600/610, D7000/D7100/D7200, D700, D750, or D800/810 as a Commander
    3. Using the D3000-series, D5000-series, D40, D40x, D50, or D60 as a Commander
    4. Using the D2-series, D3-series, D4-series, or Df as a Commander
    5. Using the F6 as a Commander
  17. 12 Flash Beeps
  18. 13 White Balance and Gel Usage
    1. Automatic White Balance
    2. Factory Preset White Balance
    3. Custom (or Preset) White Balance
    4. Kelvin Values
    5. Using Gels
    6. Using Gels with the SB-900
    7. Using Gels with the SB-700 and SB-910
  19. 14 Batteries and Power Options
    1. Battery Choices for SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, and SB-910
    2. When You Need More Capacity
    3. Battery Management
    4. Battery Choices for SU-800 and SB-R200
  20. 15 Camera-Based Functions for Your Flash
    1. FV Lock
    2. Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode
    3. Flash Shutter Speed
    4. Flash Off
    5. Modeling Light with DOF Preview Button
    6. Flash Bracketing
  21. 16 Case Studies and Examples
    1. Event Photography: On-Camera Flash Combined with Ambient Window Light
    2. Event Photography: Single Flash on Flash Bracket in Low Light Situations
    3. Travel Photography (1): Single Dedicated Flash on TTL Cable
    4. Travel Photography (2): Single Dedicated Flash on TTL Cable
    5. Travel Photography: D200 Commander and SB-800 Wireless Remote
    6. Residential Scene: Commander and Remote
    7. Outdoor Portrait: Pop-up Flash
    8. Outdoor Portrait: Single Flash as Remote, D200 as Commander
    9. Outdoor Portrait: One Commander, Multiple Remotes
    10. Indoor Portrait: Single Commander on Cable and Single Flash as Remote
    11. Indoor Portrait: Commander and Multiple Remotes
    12. Product Shot: Multiple Remote Flashes
    13. Macro Photography: Two Remotes, D200 as Commander
    14. Tabletop Photography: Light Tent, One Commander, Multiple Remotes
    15. Event Photography: D800 and Dedicated Flash
  22. 17 Lighting Kit and Product Recommendations
    1. Kit Recommendations
    2. Product Recommendations
  23. 18 Common Questions and Answers
  24. Credits for Chapter Opening Images