Working with Nikon SB-900 Flashes By Joe McNally

2 hr 1 min

Join Joe McNally as he explores the creative possibilities of Nikon’s new SB-900 flash, and teaches you how to get professional results with your photography each and every time. Learn to take full advantage of the SB-900’s portability, versatility, and advanced features and settings.

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Comparing the Nikon SB-800 with the new advances in the SB-900
Going over the interface on the SB-900
Adjusting Exposure Value and setting the Master flash
The new SB-900 has increased functionality which creates a lot of advantages
Advantages of the 200mm zoom function of the SB-900
The My Menu settings, Illumination settings, and the new hot shoe
Joe walks us through the beginnings of a simple, single flash photo shoot
Common items can be used to soften the light being thrown from the flash
There are three modes of light that can be set with the SB-900
Bouncing a second light off of the floor onto the subject
This is a one-light setup but the flash is shooting through an umbrella
Simulating daylight by setting up the flash outside a window
Using a large flag to create a reflection in the glasses of the subject
Going through the process of setting up a new location shoot
Adjusting the exposure value and cutting part of the flash to reduce impact
Moving quickly with small flashes allows photographers to be experimental with their light
Bouncing the main light off the floor to create a glamour shot
Many times you have to change exposure when you change lenses
Hard light source throwing through lace to create a stylistic shadow
With the subject is lit from behind, using a flash to bring out some of the facial detail
Working with the surroundings and rolling with the changes as they come
Trying to get the last shot of the day as the sun goes down on the horizon and final wrap up
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Joe McNally


Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photog...

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    Thanks for the lesson Joe. This is just what I was looking for.

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    the guy is a genius, but part of his genius is being able to simplify what he’s doing to make it understandable for the rest of us. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Joe McNally is not only extremely knowledgeable about the topics of the courses he teaches, he presents that knowledge in a way that seems more like fun than a learning experience. I also get a kick out of the different scenarios he sets up as examples for his photography. He is anything but boring. I am not rich. I am not a professional photographer. But, I still find Joe and his equipment courses entertaining and informative. Keep the Joe lessons coming! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Another brilliant course from the master, Joe McNally. Thank you Joe and Scott. I hope more are in the making! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Many thanks to Joe and his amazing team, they never fail to educate and entertain!!
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    Excellent course. Joe is the best! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    G.Christie; Joe Mcnally working with SB900 under the conditions and locations in the lessons has given the old Nikon dog a lot of good treats! Joe is great at keep the lesson moving like the shoot he is doing and keeping your attention to details without getting lost. This has been very helpful to me as I am looking to buy a lighting system that work for most shooting locations. After viewing other videos outside of Kelbey training Joe’s lesson’s Rock! Thank you! Joe Mcnally, and Scott Kelbey too for a great place to learn new technics. G.C. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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