I have a Nikon D200 camera and a Nikon SB-800 flash. I also have two Nikon SB-600 flash attachments. I have heard that I can use these SB-600 flashes as portable light attachments for lighting a scene or person. How? Do I need some sort of transmitter? What do they have to be set on to flash as one? David Brooks told me to post this to Larry Berman for help. I'll take any help.
Theoretically you can use all three flashes in iTTL wireless mode. Not sure if the SB-600s support dual channels, but you can set them on Remote Mode Channel A and set your SB-800 on Remote Mode Channel B. Then setting the D200 to Commander mode, you can control the two channels independently. You can change the lighting ratio by dialing down the exposure compensation in the camera menu for each channel.
The only drawbacks are that the built in flash on the D200 needs to go off for it to work. But you can block the flash from affecting the scene. And the wireless connection only works line of sight.
In the next month or so, we're going to write an extensive article on the Nikon CLS wireless flash system showing examples of using it in practical situations.
For now I have some of the settings and examples listed on my web site starting with this page:
Then use the next button at the top of the page for two additional pages of examples and resources.
I should also add that when you figure out the settings that give you the results you want, write them down and carry them in your camera case so you'll have an easier time setting it up in the future.
Maybe you need a little more detail. Make sure you have your camera and flash manuals, you'll need them.
On the camera, go into the flash menu and choose Commander Mode. That's where the options for each flash channel will be.
You'll have to follow the instructions in your flash manual about setting the flashes to Remote.
yes these units are awesome. Once you get the hang of them you can use the built-in camera falsh as well as remoting your other units, with limits respectfully.
In the mean time if you are fast to learn about the creative lighting system CLS you might consider the DVD on the Speedlights from Nikon.
I found it to be motivating, to show you the capabilities of the system and variety of complex things it can do.
I have the D200 and SB-800 and SB-600 and The R1 kitwith the 2 SB-200's and they can all be used together. Cartain limits are in the radius of the IR "Distant and Degrees" but you can always opt to buy a better triggering device that can further the distance. Pocket Wizards Etc.. a bit pricey..
But yes I have been working on my flashes lately and I can really enjoy them for everything.
You can go into your Menu settings e3 and buy using the Command setting you can then control the off camera units and compansate too. there are to many options to post here but READ your manual and cover the settings for sync speed as well as the other settings for your flash. remember you can use rear curtain sync in dark background too get different results at night setting. Experiment..
But start with basics and work your mettering setting cause to much can complicate what you are trying to do leading to fustrations and lack of results.