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The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 Flashes Paperback – March 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1933952994 ISBN-10: 1933952997 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; Second Edition edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952994
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Hagen is an avid adventurer who combines his passion for the outdoors with excellence in photography.

He is a skilled digital photography instructor, location photographer, workshop leader, editorial writer and book author

He started OTI (Out There Images) in 1998 as a way to share his passion for photography with the rest of the world.

Mike is well known for his intensity, excellent planning, energy and enthusiasm. If you participate in a workshop with him, you will be pleasantly surprised by his generosity and infectious enthusiasm for imparting his knowledge to all participants.

Based in Washington State, USA, Mike has traveled extensively and loves to share his photography with the rest of the world. Travel and adventure are his passion, so you'll frequently find him somewhere far away from civilization, camera in hand, having a ball in the outdoors.

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Mike Hagen is a professional photographer and an avid adventurer who effectively combines his enthusiasm for both pursuits. He established Out There Images, Inc., to share his passion for photography, and he is a popular workshop leader. Recently Mike was named Managing Director of the Nikonians Academy.

Customer Reviews

Easy to understand and well laid out format.
allen
Good intro to using the Nikon flash system and flash photography in general.
Michael Francis
I highly recommend this book, to help you demystify flash.
Robert Delsol

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Maybe I've become less critical; or maybe Mike Hagen has become a better writer; or maybe I've had time to compare this book to a flock of others dealing with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). In any event, while I gave the first edition of this book a so-so review, I find this edition to be the best of the books dealing with the technical aspects of CLS. (CLS is the Nikon system that allows for the controlling of multiple flashes from a single point.)

The book deals with each of the Nikon speedlights and cameras capable of being used with the system, including discontinued models. After a brief background review and quick start guide, the author delves into the nature of flash, and then offers separate chapters on the SB-600, 700, 800, 900 and 910 speedlights. There is also a chapter on the SU-800 commander and Nikon's ring-light kit. Each of these chapters explains each and every button, switch, and menu on these units in sufficient detail to use them properly, including Hagen's recommendations on settings. The images of the equipment and screens are ample to show what must be done (although the type used in the text is a little small). The author recognizes the complexity of the equipment and offers a linear plan for using the equipment to accomplish the lighting task. He also explains the cameras that fit into the system and how to set them. Examples are provided, with the general details of how CLS was used, and finally there are recommendations for ancillary equipment like umbrellas and stands.

One of the best things about the book is that it concentrates on the automated processes of the speedlights (although it does cover manual set-up as well.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
There's probably more confusion about using flash properly that any other function in photography. I know when I started, I had to feel very daring before I would ever switch that lever off "P" for program mode whenever flash was needed. With five separate flash modes in addition to the 4 main shooting modes (not to even mention Scene modes) that's an awful lot to consider. Hagen explains on p31 why he normally only uses two and which two you probably want to become familiar with.

Getting into the accessories that come with the flash units, he points out that the reflector card that slips out of the flash head is really too small and suggests using your hand instead (see p 62.) Your hand is actually much larger (for a softer light) and the color reflects a warm tone to your subject.
In the Buttons and Controls chapter, Hagen makes sense out of when to increase/decrease exposure versus increasing/decreasing flash output. Also, in a subsequent chapter, you'll learn all about Commander Mode which holds the real power of the Nikon CLS system. He also points out scenarios where you'll want to be concerned with which channel you are shooting on.

The book is full of charts that show which flash work with which Nikon camera models. There are also hints about battery management, including simple hints to tell your new batteries from your depleted ones (p 250.)

One of my favorite tips was something I've had problems with before. Many people tend to blink when the Nikon preflash goes off, causing them to have their eyes closed when the main flash fires. I had one subject in Boston that never had a single good photo in 20 shots until I started using the manual flash settings without preflash.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anke on March 31, 2012
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I love all of the books I have purchased from the NikoniansPress. I am a hobby photographer, and have the SB-700 (only one) flash. Over half of the book is on specific SB flashes, then the other half is flash photography and CLS setup. The book features a 5-step plan for flash photography and also gives common mistakes and common shooting scenarios (great for those new to flash photography), and a section on white balance and gel usage (I found this really helpful!).

I also have the Nikon D7000 (Magic Lantern book) on CLS and absolutely love it...if you have a D7000 you will want to get that book too!

If you get this book and like it, check out the other Rockynook- NikoniansPress books, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DancingBear on September 12, 2012
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"The Nikon Creative Lighting System" is not the first book I bought on the subject but is the one that ended my search for practical and easy to understand answers. The Nikon system is one of very best but can also be one of the most confusing. Each flash unit is different from the others and Mike Hagan shows step-by-step how to navigate through all the hidden menues and unfamiliar ikons of each. If you own a Nikon DSLR and a Nikon SB-600, 700, 800, 900, 910, or R1C1 flash unit, Mike Hagen will lead you through all the complexities. Excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William M. Stanke on October 21, 2013
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The book is physically small, and is set in small type, which makes it difficult to read. The author devoted a full chapter to the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800 and SB-900, but no coverage of the SB-300 or SB-400. I thought the coverage was uneven, as the material jumped between using a single flash unit to elaborate setups with remote flash units on light stands with reflectors, etc. I bought a SB-400 and mounted it on a Stroboframe, so I'm pretty happy with my setup, but this type of setup wasn't covered in the book.
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