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Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide Paperback – 12 Jan 2007
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From the Back Cover
Use every amazing option your Nikon CLS offers
Light is the essence of photography. The Nikon Creative Lighting System lets you create the same lighting patterns with a portable, detached, wireless system that professionals achieve using cumbersome and expensive studio equipment. This practical guide is like having an expert at your elbow. It′s packed with information about the CLS as well as tips, tricks, and recommendations for lighting a dozen different shooting situations. Take it on every shoot and get the most from your CLS.
- Know all about the features and functions of the SB–800 and SB–600
- Get insider tips for creating flawless portrait lighting and staging the best poses
- Set up masters and remotes, flash modes, channels, and groups
- Choose equipment for a wireless studio
- Use the ideal exposure and Speedlight system settings for shooting events, nature, sports, groups, portraits, or products
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About the Author
J. Dennis Thomas has been an avid photographer since his teens, eventually earning a degree in Photographic Technology. Denny currently owns Dead Sailor Productions, a photography and graphic design business. He has worked with companies including RedBull Energy Drink, Obsolete Industries, Secret Hideout Studios, and Digital Race Photography. Denny′s work has been published in several regional publications and continues to be shown in various galleries throughout the country.
Top customer reviews
With so much to learn - some of which is quite daunting, we students of photography require books that are well laid out and allow the reader to build on subjects covered so far. This is such a book. Published by a company whose products include some of those generally excellent photography titles "For Dummies," they really do appear to know the subject.
What I really like is the very beginning of this work. This is called a "Quick Tour" and is designed to get you up and running with your flash unit. Fantastic, after just two pages, we are taking photos with a Nikon Speedlight and it's a positive learning trail all the way from here as the author covers the widest possible spectrum of flash photography.
Part I includes a complete exposé of the Creative Lighting System (CLS) and setting up the Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 units. Part II allows the photographer to create great photos with full details of; Flash photography basics, wireless flash photography, wireless studio, real-world applications and portraiture. With examples which include anything from portraits, a Hornet and even the head of a small screw, this book gets down to basics and is unlikely to disappoint those who are eager to learn.
The book would be excellent for someone starting out to use a flash system for the very first time, needing advice and guidance on bounce flash, guide numbers, posing, ideas for subjects etc. I seriously doubt that there are too many people with an SB-600/800 who have those needs.
The book dwells at tedious length on composition and subject ideas. It does give technical detail about using the system, but it is both irritatingly moronic in its assumptions about the reader and lacking in adequate technical detail to do much to expand on the instruction manual.
The book deals, it says, with the Creative Lighting System. In fact, beyond a cursory mention a couple of times, it does not deal with the innovative macro-flash system at all. Users of D70/80/200 cameras with built in Speedlights fare a little better, but the emphasis is definitely on the SB-600/800 guns.
I'd recommend using the money you don't spend on this book on a few sets of batteries. Get used to the instruction manual and go out and experiment. The book is a waste of money for the majority of its supposed target readership.
I have a Nikon D80 and most of the reference and settings information for my camera and its uses with the CLS appears to be missing .
However It does explain how to use the lighting system clearly and now that I have worked out for myself how to change the mode settings on my D80 all is ok.
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