Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System

Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System

by Alan Hess


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Mastering Nikon Speedlights is the most comprehensive guide available for anyone using or wanting to learn more about the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). Starting with an exploration of how to work with light, the book teaches you everything you need to know about understanding the direction and intensity of light, using light meters and metering modes, controlling exposure, and much more. You’ll learn the specifics of how to use the full range of Nikon Speedlights and accessories, including past and current models of cameras and CLS compatible flashes—and in the process you’ll find out how to get the best shots with your gear, whether you have a whole box of equipment or just the basics.

The book includes practical, real-world photo shoots—portraits, action shots, and product photography—starting with one light and gradually working up to multiple lights so you can observe the progression of the light from one flash to many. No matter what your subject or shooting scenario, Mastering Nikon Speedlights is an essential resource that teaches you how to produce the light you need to achieve great results.

  • Offers a thorough discussion of the qualities of light, how the camera measures light, and the settings needed to record an image with proper exposure
  • Provides a complete overview of all the components that make up the Nikon Creative Lighting System, outlining how to use the different Speedlights and accessories to correspond with each camera’s unique capabilities
  • Covers how to use the Nikon Speedlights off the camera using the Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) features built into the Creative Lighting System
  • Features several examples of real photo shoots, showing you how to take great photos in a variety of situations, building from one flash up to multiple flashes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780134085913
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 08/13/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 933,549
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan Hess is a San Diego—based photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He has photographed hundreds of concerts in clubs and arenas, including some of the biggest names in music, ranging from Justin Bieber to The Who. Alan is currently the house photographer for a large venue in Southern California where he photographs a wide variety of concerts and events. When he isn’t out shooting concerts, he is writing. Alan has written numerous photography books, covering such topics as concert photography and the basics of exposure and composition. Find out more at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 — Why Light is So Important: The Qualities of Light
Chapter 2 — Dealing With The Light: How To Measure The Light Present
Chapter 3 — Controlling Exposure
Chapter 4 — The Camera
Chapter 5 — Lighting In Your Pocket: Speedlights and Controllers
Chapter 6 — Those Cool Extras: Nikon Accessories
Chapter 7 — Adjusting The Light: Light Modifiers
Chapter 8 — Hold On To Your Flash: Clamps, Stands and Brackets
Chapter 9 - The CLS System
Chapter 10 — Control Your Flash On and Off Camera
Chapter 11 - Multiple off Camera Flash
Chapter 12 - Portraits
Chapter 13 — Action
Chapter 14 — Products
Chapter 15 — Portrait Shoots with On Camera Flash
Chapter 16 — Portrait Shoots with One Off-Camera Flash
Chapter 17 — Portrait Shoots with Multiple Off-Camera Flashes
Chapter 18 — Action Shoots
Chapter 19 — Product Shots

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