You must set the SB-700 in SU-4 (optical slave mode) since the D5000 does not have Commander mode built in. In SU-4 mode you must go into the camera menu under built-in Flash and set it to Manual flash mode. For the most consistant results, the camera should be in Manual exposure mode and Manual ISO.
If you want to take full advantage of the Wireless CLS you must get another Speedlight (SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, or SU-800) in Commander mode to mount in the D5000's hotshoe to control your SB-700 (SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, and or SB-600) set in Remote mode.
Thanks, Marty. Let me make sure I'm understanding you correctly.
I would have two speedlights. Let's say they're both SB-700. The first ("master") is mounted on the hotshoe of my camera. The second ("slave") is located elsewhere in the room. When I take a picture, the "master" fires. The "slave" sees it and also fires. So I'm using two separate light sources.
The on camera Speedlight in Commander mode will control the power level of both the on camera Speedlight and any remote Speedlights set to the same channel (1,2,3, or 4) as the on camera Speedlight. This allows you to take advantage of i-TTL wireless flash control as well as P, S, A, or M exposure modes. I would recommend always using manual ISO when using flash.
If you add an SC-17 (discontinued), SC-28, or SC-29 TTL extension cord to your kit you can get your Speedlight off of the camera while continuing to maintain i-TTL flash control. The catch is the distance between the flash and the camera is limited by the length of the cord.
Marty, I appreciate that very clear explanation. Thanks for taking time to answer my question!
I actually have one of those extension cords you described, so I can hold the speedlight up at arm's length in one hand while holding the camera in my other hand. That works fine until my arm gets tired. My hope was to somehow mount the speedlight at the top of a light stand which I could move around my subject, firing it wirelessly.
I could definitely use an on-camera light source plus a remote light source in most cases. However, sometimes I want just a single light off to one side. It sounds like that's not possible. Oh, well.
> My hope was to somehow mount the speedlight >at the top of a light stand which I could move around my >subject, firing it wirelessly.
The Nikon Creative Lighting System will allow you to do that.
>I could definitely use an on-camera light source plus a remote >light source in most cases. However, sometimes I want just a >single light off to one side. It sounds like that's not >possible. Oh, well.
It IS possible:
You can set the Commander to -- and the triggering flash will fire at very low power that won't contribute to the exposure unless you you are shooting at macro distances or very close to your subject. You can reduce the on camera Speedlights output more by rotating the flash head vertical and or at 45 degrees vertical and 180 degrees opposite of the subject.
You could also use an SU-800 as Commander. It uses IR light to communicate with the remote Speedlight(s) and will not contribute to the exposure even at macro distances.
When using a Camera body that has Commander mode built-in, you can place an SG-3IR in the cameras hotshoe to convert the white light from the built-in Speedlight to IR (Infra Red) light that won't contribute to the exposure.
Another option is to use RF remotes:
The: Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5, Radio Poppers, and some others provide TTL compatibility.
The Pocket Wizard Plus X, Plus II, Plus III, & Multi-Max Transceiver, Paul Buff CyberSyncs, and too many other brands to count will allow you to fire remote Speedlights and or Strobes using Manual Flash Control.
I am not familiar with that brand of RF trigger though looking at the link yo provided; the Receiving unit must be connected to the remote Speedlight or Strobe via what appears to be a 1/8" (3.5mm) Miniphone plug. Therefore you will need a Miniphone / PC to Hotshoe Adaptor to connect the trigger to your SB-700. The Transmitter appears to have a hotfoot that should slide into the cameras hotshoe. To use this set up, the SB-700 must be set in Manual flash mode, Not Remote mode. Also make sure that the Transmitter and Receiver are both set to the same channel. For consistant results set the Camera in Manual exposure mode and Manual ISO.
Verify that your Receiver has the 3.5mm (1/8") Miniphone (Male) plug at the end of the wire. (The image in your previous link was small ) If it is, that adaptor should work with your Receiver and the D700.
Instead of one with a hotshoe on the top and bottom as described you might want to find one with a 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the bottom that you can mount on a tripod or light stand without needing another adaptor. Check: www.flashzebra.com
Again, verify that your Receiver has a 3.5mm (1/8") Miniphone jack.