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limeyzen

Waynesville, US
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limeyzen Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Aug 2011
Fri 25-Jan-13 06:59 PM

Relative newcomer to digital photography (18 mths on D90) and total newcomer to using a flash. Bought in hurry a SB 700 for trip but used it very little with not good results. Review of some of the threads here tells me that it is a foreign language and Nikon user manual is hard for me so, any good books on flash photography out there that assume no prior knowledge? The more basic the better especially if Nikon focussed. Thank you.

Geoff

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Chris Platt

Newburg, US
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#1. "RE: Book recommendations?" | In response to Reply # 0

Chris Platt Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012
Fri 25-Jan-13 09:45 PM

There are lots of good books out there that discuss advanced flash techniques, but for a clear, solid foundation in the Nikon flash system, fellow Nikonian Russ MacDonald's "Nikon CLS Practical Guide" is the best place to start IMO.

http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/

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luckyphoto

Port Charlotte, US
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luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Sat 26-Jan-13 01:57 AM

Flash photography is always a little intimidating when you first begin, but learning some basics can take your photography to a whole different level. Nikon's Creative Lighting System is an excellent place to start. Here are some links that will help you get started.

https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=154&topic_id=58109&mesg_id=58109&page=

http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/ (Russ MacDonald's articles as mentioned above)

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html (Lighting 101)

http://neilvn.com/tangents/flash-photography-essentials/

Those should keep you busy for a few days.

Good luck,

Larry

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....and which is an illusion"

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blw

Richmond, US
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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sat 26-Jan-13 02:50 AM

That about covers it.

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limeyzen

Waynesville, US
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limeyzen Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Aug 2011
Sat 26-Jan-13 11:15 AM

Thank you all for the links and suggestions. A cursory skim of these tels me that the neilvn link will be the best starting point and then the rest (yes I am that basic in my understanding!). Am rereading Peterson's Understanding Exposure. Thanks again.

Geoff

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jim thomas

Edmond, US
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jim thomas Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2003
Sat 26-Jan-13 12:26 PM

Joe McNally's books are very good.

JDT

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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#6. "RE: Book recommendations?" | In response to Reply # 4

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sat 26-Jan-13 12:36 PM

>Thank you all for the links and suggestions. A cursory skim
>of these tels me that the neilvn link will be the best
>starting point and then the rest (yes I am that basic in my
>understanding!). Am rereading Peterson's Understanding
>Exposure. Thanks again.
>
>Geoff

My blog was already listed in one of the previous posts. If you will read it, starting with article 1, I think it will help you.

I try to answer all questions, so don't hesitate to ask. Please post questions here on Nikonians, so everyone can help me answer.

My blog articles: http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/nikon-flash-two-separate-metering.html

Russ
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Nikonian Moderator
Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

limeyzen

Waynesville, US
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limeyzen Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Aug 2011
Sat 26-Jan-13 02:26 PM

Russ, thank you for your follow up. I think I am going to have to have the camera with flash on, the laptop with your blog and the Nikon flash user manual open all at the same tim I am having problems understanding and assimilating the relationships between flash settings and camera settings. Basic I know but .... .

Geoff

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Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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#8. "RE: Book recommendations?" | In response to Reply # 7

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sat 26-Jan-13 02:40 PM

>Russ, thank you for your follow up. I think I am going to
>have to have the camera with flash on, the laptop with your
>blog and the Nikon flash user manual open all at the same
>tim I am having problems understanding and assimilating
>the relationships between flash settings and camera settings.
>Basic I know but .... .
>
>Geoff

Whoa! You're getting ahead of yourself. You have to learn the very basics of flash first. Then move on to the details.

Put away the Nikon flash manual and read my first blog article very carefully. I think you will start to understand.

http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/nikon-flash-two-separate-metering.html

Russ
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Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

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