Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide To Small Flash Photography And The Creative Lighting System by Alan HessMastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide To Small Flash Photography And The Creative Lighting System by Alan Hess

Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide To Small Flash Photography And The Creative Lighting…

byAlan Hess

Paperback | July 30, 2015

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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


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 p...
Title:Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide To Small Flash Photography And The Creative Lighting…Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 7.4 × 0.9 inPublished:July 30, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0134085914

ISBN - 13:9780134085913


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

Editorial Reviews

"Alan's book rocks! Takes you from soup to nuts in terms of flash work. Excellent job, approachable, understandable writing."
–Joe McNally