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Selecting a Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit
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Selecting a Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on January 7, 2014

Getting ready to buy a Nikon Speedlight, the extensive lineup of options could be a little overwhelming. This concise article may help in your selection. Read more...

In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens
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In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert) on December 2, 2013

Rick Hulbert (rhulbert) wonders why the rabid attacks on the Df. Not only reacts to the comments, he goes out and buys one Df camera and 58mm f/1.4 lens. We bring you here his observations and first hands-on reactions. Take a look at his handheld images made at ISO from 800 to 6400. Read more...

Nikon Df – The Past is the Future
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Nikon Df – The Past is the Future

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on November 6, 2013

The Nikon Df DSLR is here! Just a few months ago I was thinking to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a digital FM. It could be called the Nikon DM and it would use all my old and new f-mount lenses, and it would have all external controls, like the good old days.” Somehow, the collective thinking of all of us who desire the simplicity of the past was somehow picked up by Nikon. How did they answer our desire for the simplicity of the past—updated? Read more...

Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100
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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on October 14, 2013

Time to upgrade! Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D7100 camera. Find out how you can download, operate the firmware for both OS - Windows and Mac. With a quick and easily revised version, you'll find yourself using the latest and up-to-version and be up and shooting photos in no time. Read more...

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation
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Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 30, 2013

Don't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results. Read more...

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?
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Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 23, 2013

Should you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Read more...

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?
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Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 16, 2013

"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Read your proof, here! Read more...

When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?
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When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 9, 2013

When you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 2, 2013

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes
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Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 26, 2013

Find out all there is to know about working with Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes. It may be difficult to differentiate between the two, but once you read Russ' article, you'll see how simple the concepts are. Learn when to use each of the modes best, and which modes suffer from the same problems as TTL. Read more...

Speedlight Trick #1
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Speedlight Trick #1

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 19, 2013

Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane!, a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step! Read more...

Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained
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Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 12, 2013

One of the most confusing aspects of the Nikon flash system is this thing called 'Auto FP High Speed Sync'. And before you can understand FP High Speed Sync, you first need to understand what FP means and how the Normal Flash Sync works. This article will hopefully clear up the mystery about this mode! Read more...

TTL and TTL-BL Study  - Distance and Subject Positioning
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TTL and TTL-BL Study - Distance and Subject Positioning

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 5, 2013

So! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read. Read more...

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works
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How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 29, 2013

How do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read more...

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS
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How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 24, 2013

Trying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Read more...

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash
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Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 22, 2013

There are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more...

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode
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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 9, 2013

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power, so let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography! Read more...

So, What is Flash Value Lock?
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So, What is Flash Value Lock?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 1, 2013

Flash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just Read more...

Nikon TTL-BL Flash
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Nikon TTL-BL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on June 24, 2013

Ever wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here! Read more...

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System
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Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on June 17, 2013

Did you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade! Read more...

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