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Friday, November 07, 2008

New Nikon Video: 154 Minutes of CLS Goodness

[UPDATE: There has been a lot of teeth gnashing about this DVD not being available outside the US. But I just found a source in Dubai (UAE), where you can get just about anything on the planet. Pretty sure they ship anywhere, too...]
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EDITOR'S NOTE: With all apologies to the Canon shooters who frequent this site: You really shouldn't even read this post. Seriously. Move it along. Nothing to see here...

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I have just finished watching an advance copy of Nikon's new DVD, Nikon School: A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lighting.

Short version: It is far and away the best resource available for those of you who want to better learn how to use your Nikon system strobes (SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, etc.) and Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).

I am told they will be hitting the shelves shortly. Nikon Mall is up, but showing out of stock right now. I will post another note when they pop up everywhere. But I wanted to give the CLS-shooting readers an early heads-up that this is exactly the video they have been waiting for.

More info, and a brief trailer, after the jump.



(Uploaded with permission from Nikon.)

The 2 1/2-hour DVD starts off with photographer Bob Krist taking you step-by-step through both basic lighting principles and showing you how to work the CLS settings on the various Nikon flash system components.

Even CLS beginners will feel right at home starting with this portion of the DVD. He shows you how to set up the various flashes and gets you comfortable with the way the system works.

Bob then walks you through a couple of straightforward shoots in the studio to show you how easy it is to get rolling. He does a progressively lit portrait session and a quick, two-flash macro close-up of a pocket watch. This is basic stuff that will be remedial to some of you CLS studs. But is important to include the basics so as not to leave anyone behind.

As expected, it is pretty much a continuous Nikongasm. The gear is explained thoroughly, and they are here to show you how to use the specific components. But they go above and beyond the corporate video/commercial genre, especially when they get to the second part of the video.


A Grande-Sized Cuppa Joe

In Part Two, Bob assumes the role of color man to Joe McNally's lead as they work together to produce a series of increasingly complex location shoots. They progress from simple, one-light potraits to a classic, McNally-esque speedlight orgy.

They shoot dancers at a ballet school, a home bridal portrait series and a sequence of photos at a harbor. Each of these locations include a series of different setups -- they work a lot of different looks from each scene, too. Joe is thinking out loud, explaining what he is doing and keeping a steady stream of BS rapport going with his subjects.

Bob becomes your stand-in, making sure nothing gets glossed over. They shoot, see the problems, work through them and get to the look that they want. Plenty of time is spent on the process, and no "magic black boxes" obscure the path from start to finish.

They do edit down the final shoot on the boat (13 speedlights, fer chrissakes) for what I can only assume to be time limitations on the single DVD. Or maybe that is where the fight scene happened. (Was that a butterfly Band-Aid on McNally's forehead afterwards?)

I cannot stress enough how pleased I am to see such attention to detail for the lighting processes in the video. It is not just a gear tease -- they are showing you exactly how to use the flashes to get beautiful results. This is everything the Speed of Light video (watch it here) left you wanting. That video felt more like an extended commercial. This one is a legitimate course in small-flash lighting.

If you are a Nikon CLS shooter (or hope to be) this DVD is an absolute no-brainer at $39.95. Grab it as soon as it becomes available. I'll post on that as soon as it starts popping up in stock, too.

Congrats to Bob, Joe and the powers that be at Nikon for looking past the obvious extended commercial to create something of value that will be helpful to so many people.

And Canon, if you are reading this I am calling you out right here and now. Make a DVD like this for the Canon flash system. No point in building in all those bells and whistles and not showing people how to use them. And this site will be happy to help spread the word if you do.

I happen to shoot Nikon, but I would love to see every photo manufacturer doing this kind of thing. Eventually, I would love to see manufacturers skipping the DVD process altogether and streaming this stuff online for free.

When they amortize the production costs over the extra gear that would sell, they would come out ahead. And so would their customers.



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85 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

From the looks of it, this DVD has stuff that even non Nikon and non-CLS shooters could learn from. What would your comment be on that Mr Hobby?

November 07, 2008 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I only have a single sb800, but based on the clip and your review, I am very excited to get this dvd. Just in time for the holidays?

Dear Santa...

November 07, 2008 1:51 AM  
Anonymous lilskibumm said...

I may pick this up just to see mcnally in action...with the bonus of a little lighting/speedlight knowledge to boot!

November 07, 2008 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I understand the profit motive, I've never been able to extend that rationalization to how a manufacturer can charge $350+ dollars for a speedlite then turn around and demand even more cash for a video that explains what the instructions should handle.
Chalk me up in the "ought to be included in the box" column.

November 07, 2008 2:01 AM  
Blogger David said...

Anonymous-

The flashes already come with a complete instruction manual. This DVD is much more than that. It is a 2 1/2 hour seminar on location lighting.

Frankly, I'd be happy if the other gear manufacturers would simply catch up to this standard.

David H

November 07, 2008 2:12 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

@anonymous - have to disagree there. I mean, does the camera manufacturer include instructions on what you should shoot? A car manual saying where you should drive? A mobile phone manual saying who you should phone? DVD's like this really are the next step.

However, as the What The Duck cartoon pointed out, the only people likely to get really rich are the camera manufacturers and resellers.

**Sigh**

November 07, 2008 2:31 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

To be honest, I've bought other DVD sets that are a lot more expensive than this (ahem!) and that price is cheap.

I've also mailed a copy of the Strobist post to Pentax UK - where they will probably look at it, and delete my e-mail.

This type of think is seriously making me want to switch to Nikon.

November 07, 2008 2:32 AM  
Blogger Kreative Studio said...

That would be like expecting to get the Lighting 101 on every new DSLR box....hmmm Dave that would be your next project :)

November 07, 2008 3:24 AM  
Blogger David Harris said...

Even though I'm a Canon E-TTL (II) shooter, I'll still get the video.

The feature-set between the Nikon SB's and the Canon EX's is very similar (though Nikon's flash system just seems to work better *sigh*), so I'm pretty sure nearly every concept in this 2.5 hour video will be applicable to Canon as well after translating it into Canon-speak.

That say a lot about Canon's lack of supportive pedagogical marketing tools when I can learn more about my Canon flashes from Canon's competitor than I can from Canon itself.

November 07, 2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

OMG. The only DVD I own is Speed of Light. I can't wait until this comes out!

Now I just have to find a girl nerdy enough to want to come over and watch this for date night.

November 07, 2008 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only hope these DVDs will be available for purchase _outside_ the US this time around...

November 07, 2008 4:02 AM  
Blogger Ruwan Randeniya said...

If I can add my voice to yours... CANON get your butt in gear and step up to the plate. Nikon has drawn first blood with this DVD... can you pull off a upset like the 5D M2 video gig?

November 07, 2008 4:04 AM  
Anonymous JP said...

Come on Canon get your act together and produce something similiar. Canon are really slacking at the moment. Let's hope they catch up to Nikon soon.

November 07, 2008 4:24 AM  
Anonymous Cyril Hou said...

That's outrageously awesome, looking forward to it!

November 07, 2008 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Nico said...

I want the same DVD for the canon system !

November 07, 2008 4:32 AM  
Anonymous Andreas Ottosson said...

Hi! Looking forward to this DVD. I am a Nikon shooter too but i have a tip for Canon shooters. There is a DVD by Blue Crane Digital called "Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX/430EX" featuring photog Tim Mantoani. Link to Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/DVIC580.html. For those of you that don't know Tim Mantoani, he was the assistant to Dean Collins in his 4 disc DVD series..

November 07, 2008 4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks great and i wana have it!
I was a bit dissapointed with the first speed of light DVD, true that it was more of a commercial than instructional. However i did learn from it.

Im looking forward to this coming out.

Dave

November 07, 2008 5:21 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Any idea how you get hold of this in somewhere like the UK? Nikon Mall only seems to ship in the USA.

November 07, 2008 5:36 AM  
Blogger Em P Dee said...

Will this DVD be available outside the US - specifically (for me!) the UK?

Thanks.

November 07, 2008 5:49 AM  
Blogger Matt Birdsall said...

Roughly how much of the DVD is Nikon specific, and how much could be applicable to the Canon remote system?

November 07, 2008 5:58 AM  
Blogger Yanik's Photo School said...

WOW! I'll be getting this for sure! I just grabbed the last 2 Sb-800s from my local store's shevles now I have 4! Perfect timing for this video.....

...hmmmm... maybe I could ask for it as a X-mas gift! :D

November 07, 2008 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Keith said...

just found out this will not be available in the UK as Nikon US and Nikon UK work independantly

November 07, 2008 7:33 AM  
Blogger luke said...

I'm a Canon shooter and I'm still interested in this DVD.

Happy to admit that Nikon rock this stuff.

Hopefully it's affordable in Australia :) Thanks for the review!

November 07, 2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger Elf said...

Anonymous

Don´t you pay for going to college? It´s the same. You can just go and read a book but it won´t be the same..


I´m really, really,really looking forward to this DVD.

November 07, 2008 8:33 AM  
Blogger DanW said...

As I read/watched this post I had thoughts similar to others.

Like Michelle, it seems this would be of value even to non-CLS shooters. Can you estimate the ratio - SB specific stuff vs general lighting.

And like Anonymous, a little more detail ought to be included with the flash. Yes, there is an instruction manual, but it is really more of a reference. Good material for the experienced user, but perhaps intimidating and overwhelming for newer users.

November 07, 2008 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Kristian Tjong said...

Oh man, David you are so cruel by posting this. It makes me drooling for the Nikon CLS. I am using a Canon system at the moment. On the serious note, after watching the preview, I will pickup this DVD for learning the technique used. THanks for the info.

November 07, 2008 8:48 AM  
Blogger David Clark said...

wow hey thanks for the heads up this is def something i will be getting. i love my sb600 and maybe i'll get an even better grasp on it. i'm gonan get your dvd too by the way ;) soon as i gets some coinage.

November 07, 2008 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Harry said...

I agree, this is more like a seminar and I'm looking forward to getting a copy.

For all those who feel the included instructions for the SB system is sourly lacking, call up Nikon and ask for their Fast Track to Wireless Speedlights pamphlet. It's a 4 page pamphlet that is concise, and presents CLS in a way that's easy to follow. I'm surprised it isn't included with the strobes.

November 07, 2008 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Nayo said...

That looks good.

I shoot canon, but i would like to see that video too.

i think you can pick up a thing or two watching those two.

will the fight be in the deleted scenes?

November 07, 2008 9:06 AM  
Blogger GrantB said...

I watched the older McNally video all about the sb800 a while ago. Frankly, I found his willingness to control the situation he was shooting much more educational than the ins and outs of the machines he was using.

I'm usually reluctant to tell a subject to go there do that. I'd watch another 2 hours of McNally just to get tips on how to walk that tight rope of maintaining rapport with the subject while directing them to what you want.

November 07, 2008 9:19 AM  
OpenID stephenzeller said...

DH,

Thanks for the heads-up on the video! I agree with you completely that this is exactly what the other camera manufacturers should be doing too. I guess I'm just lucky to be shooting Nikon.

BTW, I saw your contribution to Outside magazine a couple days ago. Congrats!

Stephen

November 07, 2008 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Debbi_in_California said...

I love Joe McNalley so much that I forgive him for using and teaching with a Nikon LOL. I ignore the 'settings' he gives and learn from his angles, placement and therory of lighting. I can manually input anything to get what he got as I learned that from Mr. Hobby!
I still love my Canon!
Debbi

November 07, 2008 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Debbi_in_California said...

Even if it says "out of stock" they let you place the order.
Debbi

November 07, 2008 10:06 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

@andreas:

Tim is also working on a great 20x24 Polaroid project that Joe is a part of. I think it's a great contribution to the field and history of photography. You can read about it on Joe's blog as well.

November 07, 2008 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Mark Fleser said...

Wow, I'm definitely going to get this as soon as it's available.

November 07, 2008 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Seshu said...

Just ordered this - thanks David for the head's up!

November 07, 2008 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arrgghh - Nikon left out non-US residents!
Does anybody have an idea what e.g. European folks could do to get this DVD asap?

November 07, 2008 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Canon. I promise to buy one if you make a DVD with your stuff. I'm not the only one who would by a long shot.

November 07, 2008 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Dave Prelosky said...

A note to the European audience - video in the US uses the NTSC format. Across the pond you use the SECAM or PAL formats, both incompatible with ours.
I'd suspect that if the project sells, Nikon will offer reformatted material to you.

November 07, 2008 12:34 PM  
Blogger crocksta said...

ahh...fantastic....about time Joe!

November 07, 2008 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first DVD "The Speed of Light" stands in my bookshelf. It plays very well in Europe. As do the Strobist DVDs.

November 07, 2008 1:25 PM  
Anonymous John said...

This looks great - I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Two great photographers showing why Nikon is King of the Hill when it comes to flash systems!

November 07, 2008 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Michael (NZ) said...

I've always been a fan of Krist and McNally so cant wait!! to get my hands on this DVD!!

Mike,
http://www.amkphotography.co.nz

November 07, 2008 4:08 PM  
Anonymous AlanS17 said...

SWEET!!! I was dissapointed in Speed of Light. I'm glad I saw it streamed online instead of buying it. I'm a very entry-level shooter and I still didn't learn anything. It was like an infomercial on DVD!

I've just added this to my Christmas wish list... And I'm not talking about some "in-my-head" sort of list, either. I have an honest to goodness written list. It also includes Adorama gift certificates since I need to eventually get a light stand and umbrella. :-)

November 07, 2008 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I could beg an indulgence, I make a bit more sense at 4pm than 2am.

If I would have expanded my original thought to it's conclusion, I would have added that what I have in mind is not a freebie "How To Be Joe McNally" seminar, but "How to recognize the features and utilize the controls of Nikon products."
We collectively rely on 600 yr old technology to demonstrate the capabilities of digital photography. I was only trying to suggest that offering information on a DVD could capture a live demo with visual and audio commentary.

November 07, 2008 4:29 PM  
Anonymous synphoto said...

I shoot Canon... Wow, almost felt like an admission of guilt.

You'd think they'd have SOME sort of idea how popular off camera lighting is getting. You'd have to be living under a rock, on Mars, with your fingers in your ears and eyes closed (apologies Simpsons) not to know that this blog exists and has such a huge following. Nikon seems to have always been committed to producing envelope pushing strobes, and now DVDs by the look of it. They are clearly listening to the industry insiders, and have a clear grasp of the market. They clearly have a plan, and a desire, to increase market share and give the people what they want.

C'mon Canon, your loyal supporters are beginning to get embarrased. Honestly, if I had the money to switch systems now, I would be seriously considering it.

Sorry for the rant, but Canon seem to be content with mediocrity, and I grow weary of constantly hearing how much better everything is on the dark side (well, LIGHT side, really).

November 07, 2008 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Ram said...

here is a PDF version of the free 'Nikon Fasttrack to Light Pamplet' someone mentioned in the comments. I googled and found this:

http://www.nikoncapture.com/Assets/Common-Assets/PDF/FastTrack_To_WirelessSpeedlights.pdf

November 07, 2008 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First time post, long time reader.

Thanks you Andreas Ottosson for your tip on the Canon Speedlite DVD. I ran to my favorite camera shop and they happened to have a copy. I'm also going to pick up the new Nikon I can always learn something new.

David, thank you for your effort in putting this site together and sharing your knowledge. You have opened up a new world to me.

November 07, 2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Brock said...

I can't believe the Naysayers! Look, I shoot all Canon (having sold all my Nikon gear two years ago when I went through a succession of crappy D2X bodies...) and just from that 2:00 clip, put me down for this video!

Now, I HOPE the vid will have some good, detailed explanation and set up info; if it's all just "wow, look at me putting a couple of speed lights here and there and "jump, jump! No, hold it, it" and then some stills cut into the video, it will be not worth my time.

But just that short clip gets the creative juices flowing -- "Nikon specific" be damned; if you can't apply the lessons and techniques shown to whatever gear you own, you're not trying hard enough.

Oh, and that price point? Outrageously SMALL, that's less than a tank of gas!

November 07, 2008 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Tyler Anderson said...

I dont now who to contact to put a video up i just came across on youtube. well heres the link and hopfully it will be posted soon its a really good video for photographers everywhere! i hope it comes to toronto someday. http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=vnfrPjb8xbs

November 07, 2008 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is the kind of DVD that everybody should get... be it Canon,Nikon,Pentax,Sony,Olympus brand hot shoe flash owners, be it those with older SB's or people with monolights and pack and heads...

Why? because what it is taught there can be adapted to any gear of lighting you have, instead of an SB 900 use your strobe (again Canon, Sony, Pentax, Monolights, Pack and Head) et voila!... while it is a hand on lesson the CLS system it is also a grand class of photography lighting and concept tied with light.

I took lots of tricks from the Speed of light, and certainly will take even more with this new DVD even if I don't use CLS.

November 07, 2008 9:31 PM  
OpenID realitytourist said...

Chalk me up as one that feels it would be worth Nikon's money to make this available in the box. They can sell 1000 of these DVDs at $40 each, or they can sell 1000 more SB900's PLUS however many additional SB600's and 800's (whatever's left) at from $200-400 each (cause the DVD is no good with only one flash, eh?). It's simply marketing.

The first time I attended the Nikon School seminar, it was free, too. :)

Mike

November 08, 2008 12:11 AM  
Anonymous robert grubba said...

thanks for that post David, even though I am canon shooter I am waiting for that video. I really enjoy watching behind the scenes type of stuff, who cares it is about nikon gear! the photoshots are made by photographers I really respect... many thanks for that to nikon corp!

November 08, 2008 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know if the video will be available in Europe? The previous Nikon DVD wasn't, which was a real shame!
If you have any influence with Nikon please ask them not to forget all us Nikon users here in Europe!

November 08, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger thehotspotguide.com - free online dating said...

It is a great price!

November 08, 2008 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Nathanael Gassett said...

Whoo! Nikon is totally the Mac of the digital photography world. Always coming out with great stuff. I am again pleased that I switched from my old Canon set up.

From the looks of it, Canon shooters could probably learn some from the video as well, such as placement techniques, but I would think that all the techy stuff would be useless, and perhaps even some of the techniques. (i.e. I don't know that Canon flashes have the Commander Mode option, where all flashes trigger at the command of one (without triggers). ) But I may be wrong, like I said, I don't know much about Canon flashes.

November 08, 2008 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Rob O. said...

Great post - thanks for calling out Canon to do something similar.

Now, as a very small minority here, I wish Olympus would do the same with it's FL 50R.

I might be one of the few people who switch camps (Olympus to Nikon) based on the off camera strobe.

I really want to stay with Olympus...anyone have experience with the FL 50R?

November 08, 2008 11:34 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I've been reading for a couple of months, but this is my first comment. I just have to say, as a Canon shooter who is new to off shoe (so new I haven't really started yet...hehe) I want to see some equipment specific information. Canon does not have CLS...so what do they have? A DVD from them doesn't have to be geared towards the n00bs like me, but make something that is informational about the system we want to use.

November 09, 2008 1:53 AM  
Anonymous J3ff said...

Does anyone know if this dvd is 'region free'?

November 09, 2008 4:28 AM  
Anonymous rockstarimages said...

This is not topic related. a friend just posted a Gear tip over at Kamerawerk that I tought might be interesting for you guys to adapt.
It's in German but the baisic Idea is that a magnetic car ski holder thingy doubles as a light stand in offices with metal cielings.
Oh and the movie is cool even though it's in german.

November 09, 2008 6:58 AM  
Blogger mungkey said...

Great! Thanks for the post. And also its good that you called out to canon.Im sure lots of people are waiting for something like this with camera and flash specific instructions.

these videos are definitely not just like a small instructional manual or guidebook.Its a lot more like seminar hands-on kinda thing with experience-based tips scattered all around it.

November 09, 2008 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where this title can be ordered in Canada? The Nikon Mall does not appear to allow shipping here and there is no mention of the video at the Canadian Nikon site.

November 09, 2008 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides the fact that i usually shoot Nikon, I have to credit to Big C that they did in Video what Nikon do for their speedlights.

In Germany You can get a tutorial DVD for Basic Video as well as a DVD for the Canon XL2; the later is more like "speed of light" but the first covers more basics then the manual.
And what´s best:

THEY ARE 4 FREE!

Sometimes I think they´re more into Video then photography..

yours,
Nik from Germany

November 10, 2008 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Got a reply from Nikon Mall and they will not ship to the UK and Nikon UK will not be releasing it, so got to find a US stockist who will ship to UK. I have told Nikon UK that there would be a lot of interest in the dvd and thety are going to pass my comments onto the right dept.............i won't hold my breath

November 10, 2008 2:15 PM  
Blogger Teddy said...

just now i received email from nikon mall, that this DVD already in stock now!!

November 13, 2008 3:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are now available! Just placed my order.

November 13, 2008 9:37 AM  
Blogger PixelPacer said...

I received an email from Nikon Mall this morning informing me that the Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting DVD is now in stock.

I'm really looking forward to this DVD after reading this post.

Thanks

November 13, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger ButchM said...

Just ordered mine from Nikon Mall ... they are in stock.

Based on David's review and my past experience with McNally's video tutorials at Kelbytraining ... this will be a welcome addition.

Thanks for the heads up, David!

November 13, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger John Mielke Photography said...

Nikon Canada will not offer this item for sale. The Nikon mall on the US site will not sell to Canadians.

It drives me crazy. This happens time and time again.

I can order through Amazon etc... or from various stores, but the shipping is more than the DVD itself. NOT kidding. A DVD should not cost $45 to ship. Get real.

Come on Nikon... get it together.

November 15, 2008 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-US residents may well check with Midwest Photo Exchange (www.mpex.ch) and ask for shipping cost!! I did and immediately odered my copy.

Bruno
SWITZERLAND

November 19, 2008 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-US residents may well want to check with Midwest Photo Exchange www.mpex.com. It seems that they can ship for considerably less.

Bruno
Switzerland

November 19, 2008 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Bruno said...

Non-US residents may well want to check with Midwest Photo Exchange. They seem to be able to ship for much less.

Bruno
Switzerland

November 19, 2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger bobdel said...

Just got a note that mine shipped today from Cameta Camera, 24.95 shipped free via First Class US mail.

November 21, 2008 8:54 PM  
Blogger bobdel said...

Whoops; I screwed up and just realized that the disk I ordered from Cameta was in fact the old Speed of Light video, not the new one. I just paid 25 bucks for a disk that is viewable on Google video.

November 21, 2008 9:07 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for. I ordered yesterday when Nikon Mall still said out of stock but got an email today saying it had been shipped...went back to look and now the site says it is in stock. I can hardly wait!

November 24, 2008 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like an awesome video.

I have to say that I have a new favorite word after this post.

Nikongasm.

Epic. :-)

November 26, 2008 3:17 AM  
Blogger joey said...

Its all about hype huh...Nikon is a silly company that does silly things...every Nikon shooter should have got this DVD with every camera purchase in the past year!

November 26, 2008 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nikongasm<<

Uh, that might be "premature" (pun intended.)

November 28, 2008 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished viewing my copy. Worth at least one viewing, with some good info on how to set up the Speedlights and arrange them for more effective shooting. Video is geared more towards flash newbies (like me) but overall, very entertaining and pretty useful.

My copy is now up on eBay (as of Nov 30, 2008 - search for "Nikon +DVD") if anyone's interested in getting it at a reduced price.

November 30, 2008 8:31 PM  
Blogger photographyandyou said...

I have the DVD,and I think it's ok too get one started using the Nikon cls system. I found it a much more informing then Joe Macnallys speed of light, dont get we wrong I like Joe but this video was more into how too use your speed lights, with some good photo tips from Bob Krist and Joe Macnally.With this video and help from the Strobist group I now have a pretty good grip on my lighting skills. Nikon Rocks

March 02, 2009 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what size Pelican Case Bob Krist features on the DVD? It looks like a 1560 (?).

April 05, 2009 11:50 PM  
Blogger Pr:b)n said...

ANy idea when this will be available in Europe? Amazon.co.uk doesn't have it and Amazon.com only ships it in US.

July 17, 2009 2:25 PM  
Blogger Pr:b)n said...

Do you know when this will be available in Europe? Amazon.com only ships it in US and Amazon.co.uk doesn't have it...

July 17, 2009 2:27 PM  
Anonymous JOhn Parisi said...

i JUST BOUGHt THIS and was incredibly disappointed. Yes, it shows you how to set up the units but then really never shows you how to set them up for each individual shot. They talk back and forth abuot exposures etc but I need something to show this is how you set the flash and this is what exposure etc on the camrea and especially the big WHY. I watch this once and sold it on ebay. A golden opportunity missed. This is one of those examples of if you know how to use it, you will understand the video

August 10, 2009 3:31 PM  
Blogger Steve Perks said...

I'm also a Canon shooter, but hell, I'll watch it anyway, just in case I ever come to my senses.

Reminds me of a saying (t-shirt actually)... 'eat s**t, 30 billion flies can't be wrong'

December 30, 2009 6:36 PM  

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