Art for Breakfast
While there is no doubt that simple camera phones have become more and more powerful, giving fantastic pictures for a wide variety of photographic types, there is one area where they have limited application – creative photography.
I was reading through my Nikon D7000 manual a few weeks ago and came across the section about Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). This is a means by which a speed light can be remotely triggered using the Nikon’s on-board flash. (Note that some Nikon’s which don’t have a flash still have a lighting unit which allows the use of CLS).
In order to set this up, there are two things you need to do. Firstly on the camera:
- Go into the Custom Settings menu
- Select e – Bracketing / flash then scroll down to e3 – Flash cntrl for built in flash
- Select Commander mode
- The settings should be Group A – Group B – and Channel 1 as shown below.
Secondly on the speedlight, set the dial to remote.
Now you’re all set to go. Simply activate the on-board flash on the camera and when it fires, the flashgun will automatically trigger. This is great for playing with speed lights and learning how the position of the flash impacts on the final shot. The featured image (the same as the one at the end of this post) was taken inside in daylight at some patio doors with the flash lighting up the shaded side of the bowl of eggs. As an added extra I bought the Newer speedlight stands from Amazon which only cost £5.98 for four (compared to £15.95 for a single Nikon own brand) The have a Tripod mounting thread at the bottom so you can use a tripod if you want to.
The RAW image was tweaked in Adobe Lightroom increasing the contrast between light and shadow and inserting a sepia tone for effect. Not bad for five minutes with my morning coffee.