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An Introduction to the Nikon Creative Lighting System by Alan Hess

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Understanding Flash Photography

Getting the Best Results from a Flash

Having a Speedlight or a built-in flash means that you always have a light source with you. Except for the top-of-the-line D2, D3, and D4 camera lines, all of the other Nikon DSLRs come with a built-in flash. Now, I am not a big fan of using that pop-up flash. I would much prefer to use a Speedlight such as the SB-700 or SB-910 on the camera simply because the flash head can be adjusted so that the light isn’t just blasting straight from the camera right at the subject. Nikon created the CLS to make photos taken with a flash look more natural, but knowing some basics will help you get the best results.

Basic Flash

It is always better to use a Nikon Speedlight than the built-in ...

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