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NikonDVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting
 
4.5

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Informative (10)
  • Easy to follow (9)
  • Quality photos (6)
  • Well written (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

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  • Educational (11)
  • Portraits (7)
  • Studio (7)
  • Travel (5)
  • Staying informed (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Everyday reader (7), Semi-professional (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

To anyone who wants to use the Nikon CLS

To anyone interested in using Nikon's CLS system, this video is a must! Bob Krist goes over the basic lighting system in the studio and progressively explains simple to semi advanced lighting scenarios using...Read complete review

To anyone interested in using Nikon's CLS system, this video is a must! Bob Krist goes over the basic lighting system in the studio and progressively explains simple to semi advanced lighting scenarios using the different Nikon speedlights. He also covers their function and use in the same segment.

The 2nd segment only gets better when he teams up with Joe McNally who applies the same principles of lighting on various real location shoots to produce amazing shots over and over..... Awesome!!!

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This is probably a good intermediate lighting tutorial. This information is free from a lot of different sources. I bought the last one, [$]and fell for it. I bought enough Nikon...Read complete review

This is probably a good intermediate lighting tutorial. This information is free from a lot of different sources. I bought the last one, [$]and fell for it. I bought enough Nikon flash equipment to realize that it didn't have enough power for quality work. Like all the Nikon School stuff, it's clear an inspiring. McNally and Krist are skilled photographers, at the top of their game. They have to be to make this stuff work. I would guess that they had more than 12 flash units and a full time battery man. This latest isthe best so far (at [$]). They should be giving it away as advertising. I hope you can get past the canned music.

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5.0

Super source of info!

By Liz

from North Carolina

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      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

      I had this on my wish list for a long time. Now my only wish is that I had bought it sooner! Easy to understand techniques, excellent tips on gear and how to transport gear. Step by step directions on how to program camera and flash. But not so basic as to bore anyone.

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      3.0

      Interesting, but...

      By Travel photographer

      from New York

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          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

          I saw the ad for it when it was released. I wanted it , but was not available in the local stores.
          Bob Krist explains how the flashes works in the first hour. The second hour McNally joins in and they visit a ballet school and a fishing harbor. They show how to improve the photo first with one flash, but quickly use more and more flashes. In the last photo they use 12 flashes!
          They quickly get to much equipment that the average photographer prepare to spend on equipment and to carry along. It is interesting to see how they work, though. It is well made. I miss the fun cut away parts that I had seen on the Internet before, that made me believe it was fun to watch as well.

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          5.0

          Excellent Training

          By pjfoges

          from Virginia Beach, VA

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                Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                A great break down of how to balance out light. Even though many of the demonstrations are done in a studio environment, the principles can be used anywhere. Great for anyone wanting to perfect or experiment with flash & lighting effects.

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                3.0

                Nikon infomercial for their CLS system

                By mzb

                from Ontario, Canada

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Costly
                  • Terrible music throughout

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                    This DVD gives some good basic information about lighting and shows how folks with unlimited budget can use Nikon CLS system. The last shot described in this infomercial used 12 expensive Nikon flashes. It is not useless, I learned some ideas from it, but I don't think it was worth paying for it full price.

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                    5.0

                    Great video for anyone using Speedlites

                    By Pickcha guy

                    from Virginia Beach, VA

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                          Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                          You are likely to walk away with something from this DVD regardless of your experience with Nikon Speedlights.

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                          5.0

                          Useful info

                          By John

                          from Southeast Alaska

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                          • Easy To Use

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                              Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                              I got this when I purchased the SB-900 to help shorten the learning curve. Lots of good info in the DVD.

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                              4.0

                              Great stuff from start to finish

                              By JoeFromPhilly

                              from Philadelphia, PA

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                              Pros

                              • Appeals across skill set
                              • Straightforward
                              • Universal application

                              Cons

                              • Commercial for Nikon CLS

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                This video is for both beginner and professional. The beginner will learn about light and the different effects one can get when changing the shape of light while the professional will gain great insight when shooting on locations from one of the best in the business, Joe McNally, who is a pleasure to watch work. But I will mention that a large part of the video is a commercial for the Nikon Creative Lighting System. I knew that going into it though.

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                                4.0

                                Helpful especially if using speed lights

                                By Andy

                                from Portland, OR

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                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                    Great insight into using Nikon Speed lights in the field. Good basic lighting information. I will probably watch this 2 or 3 times and be done with it.

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                                    4.0

                                    Very Informative!

                                    By Rich

                                    from Greenwood, IN

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                      This DVD gave me some great ideas for using speedlights off camera. Great information for amateurs like me. Would have liked more detailed information about camera settings and speedlight settings for each shoot.

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                                      5.0

                                      A Must Have For CLS Users

                                      By Johpap

                                      from Albuquerque, NM

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

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                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Macro Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                        This video is great for both the beginner and the pro. It walks you through lighting theory and practical usage. From simple, one-light setups to complex lighting, this video has it all. I have watched it twice now and will watch it again and again.

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                                        5.0

                                        Creative Lighting DVR

                                        By airdad

                                        from Radford, VA

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                                              Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                              A great presentation on creative lighting. A lot of information in a short period of time. I recommend this to anyone planning to purchase Nikon flash units.

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                                              5.0

                                              Comprehensive Video

                                              By CLMPhoto

                                              from sacramento

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Portraits
                                                • Studio
                                                • Traveling

                                                Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                I am getting started with lighting and this video was a good starting point for me. It is very comprehensive and informative. [...]

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                                                5.0

                                                Great Info!

                                                By Bob

                                                from CT

                                                About Me Semi-Professional

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                                                    • Portraits
                                                    • Studio

                                                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                    A very well-done video that's packed with all kinds of tips and how-to's. This really demystified the topic of lighting for me!

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                                                    5.0

                                                    I couldn't recommend this DVD more.

                                                    By Chuck the Furnituremaker

                                                    from Beverly, MA

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Complete
                                                    • Educational
                                                    • Produced well

                                                    Cons

                                                    • none

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Educational

                                                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                    Exceptional overview of Nikon Speedlights, from basic to really, really advanced. This DVD opened up possibilities I had never dreamed of. There is a sales pitch within, but not objectionable.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Very Informative

                                                    By David

                                                    from Sacremento

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                                                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                    Could use a source section to aquire the equipment they talked about.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Excellent Value

                                                    By Ken the Camera Guy

                                                    from Mendon, Illinois

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                                                    Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                    This is an excellent video and value for those interested in using the Nikon Creative Lighting System. While this video includes some lighting basics it also provides in the field examples of how to set up and use the SB-600, SB-800, and SB-900 flashes. The video is high quality and very interesting to watch. There are sections on basic lighting, the Nikon Creative Lighing System and three "in the field" shoots demonstrating how to use remote flash. Each section's menu is well divided allowing you to easily return to a particular segment. Well done Nikon.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Presses the Edge of your Lighting Envelo

                                                    By Craig

                                                    from Darien, CT

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                                                        • Confidence
                                                        • Knowledge

                                                        Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                        I spent a recent rainy Sunday watching A Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting. I left the 2 hour, 34 minute session wishing I had devoted the time sooner. It is a must for any photographer who takes his or her art form seriously.

                                                        Subject and light beat at the heart of every great image. The serious picture maker cannot gather enough knowledge about both. Prior to the video, my light knowledge was severely lacking.

                                                        Host Bob Krist begins with a comprehensive look at lighting fundamentals and techniques: direction, color, quality, to mention a few. Blessed with not only a gifted photographic eye, Krist possesses a poet’s command of the language. The time spent in the studio is informative. This was knowledge I needed.

                                                        Then the fun began. Joined by Joe McNally, in my opinion one of our age’s greats, Krist ventures into the field. With stops at a ballet school, a pastoral wedding venue and the dock of a commercial fishing venture, they apply the lessons discussed in the studio to overcome challenges we all met in our daily picture making. One difference, however. They leave the scene with exquisite photographs. The viewer cannot help but be inspired.

                                                        When they are done you will have one problem: – and it is a big one – figuring out how to pay for all new equipment you will want.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Well done

                                                        By Larry KS

                                                        from Lincon, NE

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy to understand
                                                        • Quality production values

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Price

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Job site before after

                                                        Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                        It made the system easy to understand. You have to pay close attention to get everything but it is very good from basic to advanced. I think they could sell more equipment if they cut the price of the disc so more people could get interested in CLS.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Lighting Styles

                                                        By COTP

                                                        from Sydney Australia

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Good Value
                                                        • High Quality

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Expensive

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                          I found this Hands on Guide DVD is an excellent guide for medium to advanced photographers/lighting students who can to start shoot straight away through working through the first part of the DVD. The second part with Joe McNally was ok/average. I thought that he didn't really guide the viewer to explore in depth his setup shots.Too much of a sales pitch for Nikon flashes ie SB900 and gear.[...]

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Great Help with Complicated Equipment

                                                          By Dr Burl

                                                          from Fort Worth, Texas

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                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Follow
                                                          • Informative
                                                          • Quality Photos

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Educational
                                                            • Staying Informed

                                                            Comments about Nikon DVD: Hands on Guide to Creative Lighting:

                                                            This DVD gives outstanding advice on the use of Nikon SB series flashes using the Creative Lighting System. The intricacies of this system are not always immediately obvious from the supplied manuals. However, this DVD makes the use of this system, especially on location, very straightforward and useful. I recommend this DVD to those who are learning lighting or want to know how to use the SB series of lights most effectively.

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