Setting up external flash w/ D5100

Started Jun 21, 2013 | Questions thread
Lena Hale
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Re: Setting up external flash w/ D5100
In reply to kgbruce01, Jun 21, 2013

kgbruce01 wrote:

Lena Hale wrote:

I'm preparing to use an external flash for the first time. I have the Nikon SB700 for use with my Nikon D5100 body, and the instruction manual just doesn't really make sense to me so I'm asking here.
I want to use the SB700 *off* of the camera, but I don't want the camera's built-in flash to be used at all.

Why would you not want that? Using an off camera speed light as key and on axis fill from the on board flash is a great technique, one every photographer should practice and know.

I've only ever worked with available light until now, so that's why I didn't know that the built-in flash is actually useful. I was under the impression that it just kind of sucked, to be honest, that's the feel I got from reading about remote lighting. But I'll keep your advice in mind now that you've shown me such a good example of otherwise. Thank you for the directions!

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