"New to Nikon CLS and have questions" Thu 19-Sep-13 01:00 PM by davidgoerndt
I finally decided to step into the CLS and get my flashes off my camera to see if I can do more creative artificial lighting photography. I have an SB-800 and just purchased an SB-700. I also have an SB-28 that I can add but not to CLS. After reading about setting up multiple flashes and trying a few experiments, I'm starting to understand how things work. One question I have is most of the documentation on CLS refers to IR triggering the remote flashes and those flashes need to be in line of sight with the master flash. In my experiments, I used the remotes in hidden places, not visible to the master flash and yet they still functioned. I guess I don't fully understand the nuances of the flashes and their settings fully yet. Is this a normal function for the flashes to be hidden and still get triggered? Thanks to Thom Hogan's D800 manual, I found out the way to use the in camera flash as the commander and not contribute to the exposure as well as setting up groups. There is still much more to learn about this system as well as off camera lighting in general. I will probably have many more questions in the future.
#1. "RE: New to Nikon CLS and have questions" In response to Reply # 0
IR communication from master to remotes will usually work without direct line of sight communication, if the distances are not too large, and there are nearby surfaces (ceiling, walls, etc.) to reflect the control IR pulses. For longer distance communication indoors, and for outdoor use, it is often necessary to point the IR receiver on the remote directly at the master.
#2. "RE: New to Nikon CLS and have questions" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the explanation. I was trying out the flashes in my apartment so the IR would naturally bounce off walls. I'm not sure how much outdoor shooting I will be doing, but I will keep in mind the line of sight when using the flashes.