Nikon CLS – problem when using popup flash as commander (and solution)

The other day I was shooting some portrait head shots with my D700 popup flash and a SB-900 fired remotely. I was really surprised to later find that my subjects had a 2nd catch light in each eye. It didn’t take long to realize that it had to be coming from the popup flash, even though I had it turned off in the commander mode settings in the camera.

So I did some research and found out that this is the case with the popup flashes (D200, D300 and D700 at least) when used in commander mode. However, I did learn along the way that while the SB-800 will also do this, the SB-900 doesn’t (when used as a commander flash from your hot shoe).

Anyway, long story short, I had the solution to this problem all along – it came in my R1 macro speedlight kit. I didn’t get the R1C1 which comes with an SU-800 – which would be an even better solution, but it did come with a Nikon SG-31R IR panel (get one at  B&H). This little unit definitely seems to solve the problem without having to spend the money on an SU-800, or a set of pocket wizards (which I’ve love to have of course). I haven’t done any serious testing yet to see if using this thing will still fire a flash inside of a softbox, but from what I’m reading it definitely should work.

Nikon and Adobe – Raw Converter & Camera presets

Both Nikon and Adobe have made a set of presets available that can be both loaded in your camera (Nikon) as well as in Lightroom, ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and Nikon Capture NX2. These presets are much better than you might think and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you really should give them a try.

The following presets are currently available:

  • Adobe Standard
  • Camera D2X Mode 1
  • Camera D2X Mode 2
  • Camera D2X Mode 3
  • Camera Landscape
  • Camera Neutral
  • Camera Portrait
  • Camera Standard
  • Camera Vivid

The entire list above can be loaded into Lightroom 2, Camera Raw and/or Nikon Capture NX2. The presets labeled with “Camera” can be loaded onto your camera (Nikon D3, D300 and D700). I understand that Canon cameras are also supported but I do not know which ones are included.Read More