When it comes to choosing flash units for Nikon cameras, there are plenty of great choices available on the market – from cheap flashes with limited functionality for beginners, to advanced speedlights with complex features for demanding professionals. Choosing the right flash can be an overwhelming task for beginners, especially for those who are just getting into flash photography. In this article, I will go through different options (both low-budget and high-demand) that are available today and provide my recommendations.
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.