Combining Radio And Optical


Nikon® Wireless Flash for Creative Photography


Lesson Info

Combining Radio And Optical

You can combine the radio trigger with the optical trigger. Okay, now this is even more complicated and I know if you're listening at home today, your blinds probably going to what's going on here, but you can now this is what I'm sure is how to combine the current system with the legacy system. All right, so to do that, you still need the w r r ten. This little guy here still need that you need in the remote world out here in remote land, you need an espy five thousand because it's going to hear the radio signals as well as you need any other regular flashes like sb seven hundred, sb six hundred, nsb nineteen they can all be out here in remote land, but then you also need some type of optical trigger up here, right? So what are the optical trigger? Commander flashes sb nine ten s u eight hundred, right? So I could use this as the optical trigger. Uh, I could use an espy nineteen, so let me do that now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to use the optical trigger here, the radio trigger an...

d unsure how to combine the two. All right, so back on the menus again on the new d five hundred it's all menu driven, so we go menu flash control group flash options so notice now our group flash options it's just says group d e and f interesting group d e and f awarded abc go they're here so abc are controlled here in d e and f are controlled with this little guy there all right so you're just going to make sure everything's paired up and ready to go you're going to control the d e and f flashes here you control the abc flashes there so I go select let me rotate this to the camera can see it uh I go select and I make a this little guy making plus and then I go down to be and I make him minus and I go to see you get the idea so the abc flashes are controlled from the optical set up and the dea f flashes are controlled with the radio ok and again we're gonna practice with that in a little bit let me keep that there oh the last point is still important and I know I've said it a few times again today but the on ly way this works is if you have a d five hundred or a d five now this this calm combined that you won't work if you have a d for s or a d eight ten it only works with the newest camera and there I just basically what I'm doing there is I'm just reiterating see need to pair the flash with the w r tenn set your channels and groups for d e f and the menus and you set your child in groups with the optical stuff here up in the top and the espy nineteen right on a clarification from carolina patton can you use the pop on flash as the master flash you can thank you carolina carolina uh I didn't even talk about that because I was thinking time with short but now that you answered asked a question I'll answer it so yes you can use your pop up flash as a commander in fact let me grab my d eight hundred oh it's right here on the floor and let me just show you how that works really quick so your d eight hundred and other nikon flashes have a pop up flash there we go and then you were going to go to the menu system and in the menu system you're going to go to pencil menu or customs settings menu e three okay he stands for the bracketing and flash so going e three then what we're going to go in there is choose what do we want that built in flash to dio so in other words you're going to program the built in flash to do something do you want your built in for us to be just a regular t tl flash do you want it to be manual to want to be repeating well I want to be a commander flash and now you see a familiar window that you've had before so what do you want the built in flash to do when its commanding well I don't want it to contribute so I said my built in flash for dash dash but I wanted to tell my remote flashes what to d'oh so I want maybe group a that guy in that pro photo I want my group a flash to be t tl plus point three and then I want my group be flashed to be t t l it maybe minus point seven and then channel have to pick the channel so channel one two three or four so what's the difference here well carolina the pop of flash well on ly control to two groups that's it you can't control three groups or six groups you can only control two groups and if you'll notice in fact I'm really happy she asked this question because the d five hundred doesn't even have a pop up flash anymore so nikon is eliminated the pop it flash now that they've gone to the remote system I don't know in the future if they'll have other cameras in the nightgown system that will still have pop it flashes but this one currently doesn't awesome question next tastic that is why we love the internet and folks watching from home question for view somebody road especially with so many different when you're using multiple flashes question is do you recommend standard or rechargeable batteries with these flashes does it affect recycle time great love that question you know I live in washington state in washington is the bastion of recycling and sustainable living and so I think I'm just required by virtue of being here toe always use rechargeable flashes I'm sorry rechargeable batteries so yeah I use rechargeable batteries the current ones I have are these they're made by a company called power x and these are the media ons on these I think are some of the best in the industry they're called low discharge nickel metal hydride batteries low discharge that's the key you know a lot of times with our flashes your flash sits in your camera bag and sits unused for some period of time some people a month some people two years anyways what the low discharge batteries do is they allow you to keep your you're the charge in the batteries for quite some time regular nickel metal hydride actually lose their charge quite quite rapidly when they're not being used so by good blow discharged batteries the other brand that I recommend with sanyo the ina loops e and e l o p both of them are very very good oh and then one more thing I'll grab this and bringing up front your battery charger matters and so the cool thing is as I was walking on the creative life studio today and they have a bunch of these battery charges so they know what they're doing and if creative live uses it I'm happy to use it to so this is the is made by a company called mah hah and momix the's microprocessor controlled battery chargers they're very good and you can buy these again from a company I think it's called I forget I forget the name of the company a miss maha is the brand name so yeah get good chargers and get good batteries on dh then one final follow up to that question I do use alkaline batteries I buy them in you know the bulk stores that you all know in love and I buy them is backups you know sometimes when I'm traveling like when I traveled to africa on my trips sometimes you just don't have power you know power drops out maybe your own generator some of those situations I have to have a battery solution so I always bring out collins with me just in case you are full of tips and tricks and knowledge my tells about your book because I know you have a book on this whole subject matter and I want to make sure people know about it and know where to buy it we've been had someone in the chat rooms ask I ask you to tell us more about it okay so thiss my book it was the first book I ever wrote actually wrote this book a long long long time ago as an e book and then my publisher rocking a contacted me and said hey we would love you to write that book for us and so we're now into the third edition it's a it's a you know this is a meat and potatoes book you're not going to learn about technique in terms of lighting and posing you're going to learn about how to use the nikon flashes and so you know the s p five thousand and the d five hundred literally just came out so they are not included in this book but the theory in the approach is consistent across all of the cameras and all of the flashes so all of that's here the book is set up so that whatever flash that you have I show the details set up guys you know the the step by step instructions it's a very thorough book and now that's in its third edition I think I've got most of the gremlins out of it uh right has an author people always right you hey I found a mistake on page one hundred seventy three and like don't so but I challenge you to find mistakes because I know you'll find a few it's great this book it's the bestseller from the company and we even cover the little macro flash system that I haven't talked about yet today the r one c one so you can find it of course on amazon and go to my website visit ventures dot com and buy it there you can also buy it from rocky nook dot com and I just if you ever have questions about what I've written the book send me an email I talk to people all day long and I love helping people so feel free to contact me any time with your questions

Class Description

Locations and studio setups don’t always cooperate with your ideal vision for a shoot. Professional photographers use wireless flash systems to increase their mobility and expand their creative options. Flash systems also cut down on the amount of time photographers have to spend correcting images in post-processing.

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer and industry expert. He is a seasoned instructor and the Director of the Nikonians Academy. Join Mike for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to use Nikon’s wireless flash system on location and in the studio.
  • How to use on- and off-camera flashes.
  • How to set up your camera for a shoot and link it with multiple off-camera lights.
After this course, you will be able to manage flash systems and shape light to your needs. You’ll be able to set up synchronization modes that alternate different kinds of flashes, and incorporate light modifiers like umbrellas and soft boxes. Start improving your shoots now!  


Fred Morton

So, here's the deal. If you can't get to a Mike Hagan course in person this is the best next thing. I have know Mike for 6 years and he never disappoints. I took this course through Nikonians about four years ago and found this to be not only a great review but a significant update from what I l learned in the previous class. Mike is one who never rests on his laurels and as a teacher he is constantly updating and improving his work. Speed lights are so much more complex then most people understand and Mike use his knowledge to take that complexity and reduce it to a set of clear and understandable methods. So glad to see that Creative Live has included him in their line up of instructors.

Marlon Ornek

Mike is a great easy to follow instructor who you can tell knows his subject. Thank you. A great course that I would recommend to anyone with Nikon gear.

Greg Chilton

Probably one of the best Flash courses on Creative Live. Would like to see more Nikon Flash oriented courses on Creative Live, particularly Strobist type work. Well done