Instead of creating another post, I updated the “How to get the best out of your pop-up flash” article to include plenty of information and a new video on Nikon’s Commander Mode on semi-pro and pro-level Nikon camera bodies. Information on how to set up the built-in pop-up camera flash to be a commander, as well as configuring Nikon speedlights (SB-600, SB-700, SB-800 and SB-900) is also included.
If you are using an entry-level or a semi-professional DSLR, your camera most likely has a built-in pop-up flash unit that can be used to add some additional light on your subjects or even trigger another flash. The problem with built-in flashes, however, is that they fire harsh, direct light that does not look very good, especially on people. In this short article, I will show you how you can get the best out of your pop-up flash.
This upcoming week (the week of the 6th of December, 2010), I am planning to write a bunch of articles on flash photography – basically everything from using your on-camera pop-up flash, to using speedlights for both on-camera and off-camera flash photography. Part 1 for some basics on TTL and various sync modes is almost ready and will be published tomorrow. Part 2 will be for using your pop-up flash to control other speedlights, specifically for Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). Other articles and videos later this week will be for using speedlights both on-camera and off-camera for indoors and outdoors portraiture.