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Nikon Speedlight Handbook [Paperback]

Stephanie Zettl
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10 May 2012
To use flash or not to use flash? That is the question facing many photographers. The Nikon Speedlight Handbook addresses this common confusion directly and instructs readers on how to confidently use their Nikon flash system. Featuring easy-to-understand language and real-world examples, this guide helps demystify the complexities of on- and off-camera flash. Covers the fundamentals, as well as how to implement new, more inventive techniques that unlock how to create stunning images. Ideal for amateurs and professionals alike.

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Nikon Speedlight Handbook + The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 Flashes + Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash Unit
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: AMHERST MEDIA, INC. (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160895451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608954513
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars <meh> 22 Nov 2012
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Not enough practical information for me, it looks like she read the manual then wrote the book. I can't recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just about speedlights 18 May 2012
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This book is brilliant. It is easy to read, informative, so useful and doesn't just cover speedlights. It helps you to understand the way the camera captures light. I love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 17 Mar 2013
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Not quite the specific detail I expected re. the Nikon system. But packed with good general flash photography tips and well written and illustrated. Slightly light on information for the price. Keeps it simple, but was expecting slightly more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for New Speedlighters 22 Feb 2012
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on Amazon.com
Both the capabilities and controls of the speedlights that make up the Nikon Creative Lighting System are substantially different from the flash units offered by other manufacturers. It's true that the manuals that Nikon includes with these units are quite comprehensive, but the print is small, the text not always clear, and applications not always apparent. It makes sense to offer a book that explains the use of this system to photographers, especially those encountering the system for the first time.

After an introduction that offers the standard but useful introduction to the nature of light, Zettl describes several of the flashes and cameras that make up the system: e.g. the SB-900, SB-700, and so forth. There is a section on setting up the menus on these units, which is always a little confusing to photographers, especially newcomers. The author then discusses light modifiers and lighting patterns and techniques like bounced flash and fill flash. There is a chapter on off-camera flash, including the use of multiple speedlights. She finishes with a review of several photo shoots, explaining how she used flash to enhance the images.

This is an excellent introduction for the new speedlight user who can easily be intimidated by these units. The author even makes reference to certain details that are often overlooked by other authors, like the use of the SG-31R device on cameras with built-in flash used only as a commander.

I wish there had been more material. To start with, the most powerful flash unit described is the SB-900, even though by the date of publication, Nikon was producing the SB-910. Luckily the improvements to the unit were internal, but the controls seem to be just about the same. The book also fails to address some of the older units that are around, that still offer many capabilities that can be integrated into the system, like the SB-800. On the other hand the owners of these older units probably understand how they work by now.

I would also have liked to have seen a description of the use of multiple flashes in modeling portraits, showing the use of the speedlights as main, fill, hair, and so forth. On the other hand that much information might have been too much for the new speedlight user. Ultimately, the photographer who expects to get the most out of his or her speedlights will have to read other books that explain these uses.

The experienced user of speedlights will probably not find anything new here. On the other hand, those just acquiring the first advanced speedlight will find more than enough information to begin using it effectively.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever on Speedlights! 26 Jun 2012
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Finally, a book that takes the unnecessary mystery and confusion out of using Speedlights! Thank you, Stephanie! I am a Certified Professional Photographer but using Speedlights had eluded me for some time. They weren't entirely necessary in my work but in the past few years I could see where they might be useful at times. I have more than a few Speedlight guides on my shelf that promised to make it all clear. None of them did, most especially the Nikon manual. I'd mostly given up on making sense of it. But one reading of Stephanie's book and it all makes total sense and I can now see all sorts of possibilities. I tend to be the person who learns better with hands on instruction rather than books, but this is a huge exception to that rule. Don't bother with any other Speedlight books, this is the one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful learning tool 8 Sep 2012
By Robin Owen - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a wonderful learning tool for new photographers and a great refresher for people who already have a good understanding of light. Other books I've attempted to read on flash photography are daunting, technically complex and so boring that you can't wait to put them back on the shelf. The Nikon Speedlight handbook was different; I read it in two evenings. Stephanie has an easy to understand writing style that keeps you interested. Not only does she clearly explain the buttons and menus of the Nikon flash units, but she also teaches you how to use your speedlight and camera to create amazing images with very little gear. If you're a boudoir photographer like me who shoots in hotels, you know you can't always count on the room you rent to have beautiful natural window light. There will be times you are going to have to use your flash and this book will show you how. So if you want to know more about things like bouncing your flash, off camera lighting, the effect that aperture and shutter speed have on a photograph, portrait lighting patterns and so much more this book is for you!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better User's Guide than Nikon 12 Mar 2012
By D. Waiters - Published on Amazon.com
Stephanie did a very good job with this book. If you are new to speedlights are you have a Nikon sb900,700 or 400. of if you have the old 800 & 600 this book can really help you.
It is important to understand the advantage of manual, or ttl or aperture priority, etc. Many people do not understand all of this and how it works. This book helps your understand how to pull all of this together. For example the lighting demo showing with and without flash in some of the photos. I also like that they discussed the current offering of light modifiers that are out there and how you can use them on the Nikon speedlights. Nikon does not have the same good examples for serious photographers. I would highly recommend this book for new SB speedlight users.

Advanced users who are all ready experienced would not find much use for this book. I could go point by point, but get a copy of the book read it and apply the techniques.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is all about the light! 21 Feb 2012
By Alecia - Published on Amazon.com
In her Nikon Speedlight handbook, Stephanie does much more than cover basic flash techniques. Although she starts off slow (so this book is great for beginners), the book quickly moves into more creative and more advanced techniques. As a full time professional photographer for the last 7 years, I feel quite confident in my lighting techniques. After reading this book however, I feel the drive to go out and be more creative and use some of the alternate techniques that are demonstrated.

One major plus of the book? Each kind of lighting scenario is explained in photographs and text. For those of us who are visual learners, the inclusion of so many beautiful photographs is very helpful. For the more technical minded, the text is clear, concise, and easy to understand.
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