Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) – Basic Set-up

The above video shows how I set up my Nikon D300 as the commander and my SB800 as the remote. It’s pretty simple and quick to set-up. This was my first time setting up and using the CLS system. It’s very straight forward to use and I like the fact that the camera can actually be used to fire the remote flash and I don’t have to buy a separate unit to put on the camera (unless I want to). I’ll be posting the test shoot shortly.

Since this video was shot, I have used the CLS system outside a couple of times during two shoots. At first it was hit and miss with the remote flash firing and then getting the exposure dialed in. But, after getting use to the way things work I was getting pretty consistent results.

Let me know your experiences and techniques for using Nikon’s CLS system.

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