When all else fails read the manual

April 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Last week I purchased a SB-700 flash brought it home and experimented with it and realized that I would definitely have to purchase a second flash to do what I want to do but that would be not be until sometime in the future.  Little did I know the future would be yesterday.  A friend and I attended an anniversary sale and trade show at a local camera store and as one of the first 63 in attendance we were each guaranteed a door prize.  The door prizes were gifts cards valued from $20 - $300.  I was the individual that won the $300.00 gift cards, my friend won $50.00.  I decided to use mine to purchase the second flash I knew I wanted.  The total price including tax was $356.29 – wow a flash for $56.29 what a great deal.  While checking out my friend gave me his gift card as well bringing my total cost for the flash down to $6.29 – now that is what I call a deal.

Well last night I decided there was no better time than the present to learn how to use them.  Turn them on, set all the settings on the flash and camera and click the shutter – nothing, go back change the settings to what I think they must be instead and click – again nothing, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Look at the manual and change to what it must be again nothing and repeat several more times.  Time to but it all away for the night and try again tomorrow.  Same thing all over again I am missing something and don’t know what so this time I go back and reread the manual still don’t know what I’m missing I’m doing what the flash manual says maybe it’s in the camera settings – out comes my “D90 for Dummies” book – don’t laugh I prefer it to the Nikon manual it’s easier to find what I’m looking for in it.  Sure enough it’s the camera settings that are causing the problem.

TIP TO MYSELF – write down the settings and keep with the flash to save time when I want to set up to flashes.

Well after all this time I can actually try them out, out comes the table top studio and the playing begins.  Below are the results of one of the collectibles that I shot today.

On Camera flash difused - left and right flashes not difused

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  Camera and left flash difused - right flash not difuse

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All 3 flashes difused

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Camera and left flash

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Camera and right flash

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Camera only no flash

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