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From alllfff/Ondrej (1,977)
on April 19, 2012 8:26:57 AM CDT
I want to take a photograph similar to
I have my Nikon SB800 and Nissin Di866 on the sides, they are triggered with the built in flash on my D7000 in the TTL commander mode.
Now, I need the third flash, either for the fill in from the top or the outline/background light from the back. I have an old SB27 which as you can imagine works only in complete manual mode with my camera. So how do i trigger it? I have some cheap wireless triggers from eBay, and they work fine, however I am not able to fit the transmitter on the camera at the same time as having the built in flash popped up. The D7000 doesnt have any ports for flash triggering on the side like my D200 used to have.
Any ideas how to do this? Thanks
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From captaindon/Don (11,635)
on April 19, 2012 9:02:51 AM CDT
I have a small device that is about the size of an old flash cube that fits onto the hotshoe of a flash unit and then it will trigger the unit when it detects a flash. I do not know if it will work with any flash unit but it is something you could check in to.
From marshall/Marshall (12,185)
on April 19, 2012 9:37:23 AM CDT
If you're using TTL Commander mode, optical slaving usually fails, because the pre-flashes will trigger the optically-slaved unit. To do this, you're probably switching EVERYTHING to manual mode. If you do that, including switching the on-board to full-manual, then you can set the on-board to a small wink of flash to trigger the others. (The SB800 has a good optical slave built in (SU-4 mode); I don't know about the Nissin or the SB27.)
The downside of this is that the pop-up flash will always be contributing SOMETHING to the exposure, which you may not want. If you use a flash you can aim, or use some other triggering scheme, then you don't have to use the on-board flash at all. That can be done in several ways: use one PC-cable to one of the flashes (which optically triggers the others); use radio triggers (expensive and not expensive options available); use a different flash on camera that can be aimed more away from the subject. If the flashes don't have built-in optical sensors, then the devices like mentioned above are good, and pretty cheap, too.
Also, read strobist (start with 101). Lots and lots of information about this.
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