Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nikon CLS Video: We'd Tell You, But We'd Have to Kill You

Good news and bad news on the new Nikon CLS video.

Good news is that they are now in stock. The bad news is that Nikon Mall is only listing it on the US site, and they are not shipping it out of the country.

What, are they worried that the Taliban will get ahold of this stuff or something? Seriously, Nikon, this is nuts. Tear down that wall.

You have a worldwide distribution network, for Pete's sake. You could even move the video online and sell it that way.

Why make non-US Nikon shooters have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping? Or worse yet, smuggle it out while traveling to the US and pray they don't get chosen by our lovely TSA for a cavity search?

Honestly, I am at a loss. It is on Amazon now, at least, and MPEX has it, among others. Probably just a matter of seeing who can get it to you for just an arm, rather than an arm-and-a-leg.

C'mon, Nikon. You just ran the ball 99 yards. Don't fumble it in the red zone. If I were Canon, I would do a small-flash video like this and put it up online for free, right here.

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58 Comments:

Anonymous Matt said...

David, you're so right.

I'm a Canon shooter, but want to invest in this DVD anyhow. No doubt it will contain some pearls, mostly from Joe McNally's corner.

BUT, to get it from the USA is expensive. I did the math on this today, and discovered that it would cost me no less than $125AUD to get it here.

A certain recommended by Strobist site wants to charge me $38USD to ship a DVD for crying out loud?!? Give me a break.

I agree, this type of thing should be available online as a pay-per-view or subscription - heck, make it available for free and sell more flashes as a result.

Having said that, David, I'm sure you know more than anyone the cost involved in producing these things. I've purchased your DVD set (it cost me over $250AUD to land it here!), which makes me wonder why you don't "practice what you preach" and put it up online for free?

Anyway, love the site and the things you do. Thanks a bunch.

November 23, 2008 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

@David,

I was being very tongue in cheek with that comment. :)

Having said that, everyone has a family to feed, including Nikon, which is why I think it's OK for manufacturers to charge a nominal fee for them, rather than put them online for free.

Bottom line, these things cost money. They also have tremendous value. No point in giving away something that meets both those criteria, I'd say.

Keep up the great work, David. The amount of stuff you give away already is amazing. Perhaps you should consider making the DVDs available online as a pay-per-view?

Cheers,

Matt

November 23, 2008 1:56 AM  
Blogger David said...

Matt-

It is not cheap to ship overseas and have tracking involved. You need that if you are selling stuff commercially. Agreed, it is a pain in the butt.

As for putting the DVDs up online for free, my mortgage banker and the local grocery store haven't bought into the "make everything free" concept yet. I'm in when they are in.

I do think that, if Nikon put the video online for free, they'd more than make up for it with worldwide marginal speedlight sales.

November 23, 2008 2:00 AM  
Blogger J said...

Hey David, you're right - the Nikon Mall's US only approach is really annoying. As a Nikon shooter they drive me nuts like this time and time again. For example the Australian Nikon site lists things like Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 and almost no way to buy it (whereas it's a simple download sale in the US). Roundabout way of saying Nikon don't get the Inter-webs, not even a little bit. (Fortunately with Camera Control Pro I no longer need to buy it as Apple gave much the same functionality to me via an Aperture update).

November 23, 2008 2:25 AM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Bah, here's what Amazon says when you try to ship this to Australia. Not blaming then, this is more evidence of NIKON'S KNUCKLEHEADED approach to commerce. Sheesh...

*** We're sorry. This item can't be shipped to your selected destination. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order by changing its quantity to 0 and clicking the update button below. ( See geographical restrictions.) ***

November 23, 2008 2:34 AM  
Blogger John Mielke Photography said...

I have no problem with Nikon charging for the DVD. I also have no problem paying what they're asking me to pay for it.

What I DO have a problem with is that Nikon Canada will not sell this item. As such, no Canadian retailers can offer it for sale. Nor will Nikon Canada sell me a Nikon jacket, or a Nikon hat, or a Nikon shirt, or a Nikon software upgrade to Nikon software that I already own. Making it worse, Nikon USA won't make those items available to me even though Nikon Canada doesn't sell them. What the...???

If I want the DVD I have to pay international shipping which is more than the retail price for the DVD itself. The other items I can't buy. Period. There are ways around it of course, but why should I have to be made to feel like a criminal when all I want is a Nikon T-shirt???

I upgraded from the D200 to the D300. I had no choice but to upgrade my Nikon Capture software since Capture 1 doesn't recognize the D300. Nikon USA offers an upgrade. Nikon Canada doesn't offer any upgrades. I had to buy Capture 2 at full retail. There is no store on the Nikon Canada site. The person I talked to on the phone offered to send me a copy of Capture 2 but wanted me to send my credit card number via e-mail. ARE YOU NUTS????? E-mail? Not on your life Nikon. Get with it.

Luckily I was able to upgrade to NX2 through Nik Software. Nikon Canada doesn't offer that as an upgrade to anyone using the original NX, and (again) Nikon USA doesn't allow Canadians to purchase from them.

While I recognize that the USA is a MUCH bigger market than Canada, and that Nikon USA and Nikon Canada are technically two different companies, I can't understand why Nikon wouldn't want me wearing their logo while out shooting hockey in front of a few thousand spectators (who are each a potential Nikon customer) or while shooting any of the events that I shoot. Nikon is Nikon. McDonald's is McDonald's, GM is GM, Ford is Ford, WalMart is WalMart, and a Nikon d300 is a Nikon d300 no matter which side of the border you buy it on. Good to hear from our friends in Europe who are having the same kinds of issues.

I LOVE my Nikon gear, but denying me access to such items makes zero business sense to me.

November 23, 2008 3:12 AM  
Anonymous Nikon Keith said...

David when you first posted about the video i made contact with Nikon UK and told them of the interest there would be for this in Europe and was told my comments would be passed on to the right department. I don't understand their lack of vision. If nothing happens before "the holidays" i will pick mine up on our Christmas trip to NY.
Regards
Keith

November 23, 2008 3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to sell more flashes....shouldn't they be giving this away for free on the web?

November 23, 2008 3:21 AM  
Blogger Nico said...

Presumably Nikon will be the first to cry foul when this is widely pirated via bittorrent but I have to say it wouldn't surprise me!

November 23, 2008 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree all your sentiments, David, but one thing: is this DVD multi-region, or locked into the US region code? I know that my UK DVD player won't play non-UK DVDs (and no hack available), so I'm going to have to wait until it's available in the UK.

November 23, 2008 3:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAVID

I just order it from BH. not a problem, but the Nikon system sucks. I have to thx you alot for your work. Afer i started with off camera flash, the money is coming in. I got a job in a newspaper too. time to get some good pics in the papers.

thx alot

November 23, 2008 4:04 AM  
Blogger Glyn Dewis said...

Personally speaking when a DVD contains Joe McNally sharing his 'pearl of wisdom' I just gotta have it. I live in the UK and have just placed an International Order through MPEX so I guess the shipping costs are gonna equal that of the DVD if not more, but hey ... it's nearly Christmas :o)

On a serious note though ... Nikon have a huge following outside of the US ... it baffles me why they wouldn't distribute this worldwide. This DVD would undoubtedly be a best seller.

Thanks for the 'heads up' David,
See you in London on the 7th December ;o)

Glyn

November 23, 2008 4:50 AM  
Blogger allenlux said...

Amazon USA will ship a single DVD to Europe for $6.50 which seems perfectly reasonable - and here in Luxembourg we have bought hundreds of DVDs from Amazon USA without problems.

But Nikon have actually flagged this product on Amazon as not available for shipping outside the US, which seems strange.

November 23, 2008 4:55 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

David,

Another irritated UK-based Nikonist here. Commenting here won't change minds inside Nikon so would it be best for me to moan at Nikon UK?, Nikon US?, galactic HQ?

Ed

November 23, 2008 5:06 AM  
Blogger uncle g said...

And don't forget the DVD Region issues. If I buy that disc from the States it's all nicely packaged for you lot! I can play it in my laptop four or five times but that's sad. I want to watch it on my TV sitting on my couch! To be honest, it's typically insular. It's no big surprise.

November 23, 2008 6:01 AM  
Blogger uncle g said...

The mailing issue is not the point yet. It is the region code. Being made in USA means the code will be for US buyers. So I could buy it and get it mailed but then have to change the code on my laptop to view it. We don't all own multi-region DVD players. It's really short sighted, but no great surprise.

November 23, 2008 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Dp.prod said...

I agree that giving this away fro free would be a great marketing strategy for selling additional flash units.

However i would also have no hesitation in paying the $40 - €30 - £20 to buy it, as im sure its well worth that. What i don't like is that they have excluded the rest of the world and gone USA only!

What is the benefit in this? Its gona leave sour taste in the mouths of non US consumers, are we not worthy of this DVD?

With regards to "Matt's" comment about the Strobist DVD set being made as a free download. This is a completley different ball game. Nikon would benefit from doing this as they would be promoting their products. What would DH be promoting? He already give the site for free.

I had no worries in paying the extra shipping and added duty on the Strobist DVD's as DH is a small player trying to get his product out there, he has limited powers at this moment regarding logistics and distribution. But Nikon don't!

It looks like Nikon have made a top product here that their client base want to have, but they have screwed up buy making it US only.

Just my opinion.
Dave

November 23, 2008 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Jeff Hicks said...

You're missing a trick here David, You charge an arm and a leg for shipping, just make sure the dvd is region free and you'll be quids in :-)

November 23, 2008 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Zenndott said...

Alas, I tried to find it on the Japanese Nikon site, and it is not there.

Question for those who have it: is it a region free DVD or are there indications it is only set for US DVD players?

Zenndott

November 23, 2008 7:30 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

You'd think they'd get it out globally ASAP, otherwise people that want it are just going to go the bittorrent route. I'm not recommending that folks resort to pirating, I'm just saying, that's what will happen.

November 23, 2008 7:52 AM  
Blogger Alven said...

Seems almost everything I find on Amazon these days "unfortunately can't be shipped to my country" Didn't I read somewhere that the US liked free trade? As for Nikon, take a look at what they charge for their gear in Europe sometime and you'll see a pattern emerging... My guess is that most people outside of the US will end up illegally downloading this thing and Nikon, thanks to their own brilliant tactic, will lose out on some money.

November 23, 2008 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Harry said...

I completely agree. It would be a sound investment on their part. It's an awesome marketing tool. I wonder if the only in US has to do with Nikon USA and how Nikon divides distribution? Just thinking out loud.

November 23, 2008 9:08 AM  
Blogger system operator said...

I really think they could have tremendous market value for the video if they puplished it online.

It does seem somewhat odd, that they are not doing so. They put even this D80 video online...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7496130452053779254

November 23, 2008 10:01 AM  
Blogger Daniel Sabourin said...

Hi David,

There is quite a little bit of difference between you and Nikon.
Nikon pockets are just a tad deeper.

And having bought the Speed of Light video, you are 100% correct : Nikon would sell more speedlights !

And it is a pain that we can't get it easily in Canada. It would cost me about $60 CDN to get this video

November 23, 2008 10:12 AM  
Blogger Heipel said...

This IS Nikon, we're talking about remember. Love their gear (have it instead of a retirement savings account) but their customer service is a tad, ah, arrogantly wanting, yes? Mind what you're asking is about more than simple distribution -- I believe the situation is created by the corporate structure of Nikon worldwide creating very separate entities. For example if I drive a couple of hours from Canada to the US and buy Nikon in the US I get no warranty in Canada. Stupid, yes.

November 23, 2008 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Richard Cave said...

Shame on them, mind you are these the same people who charge 25 quid for a stofen filter, at 1000% mark up

Uhmmm...

November 23, 2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

I could be wrong, but I don't think Nikon USA is Nikon Japan. Nikon USA used to be a separate company, known as Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries. EPOI imported Nikon camera into the USA, and did a masterful job of promoting them. Later, Nikon purchased EPOI and renamed it Nikon USA (although I've seen it listed as Nikon Inc.)

I believe Nikon USA is a separate profit center, and has no connection to other Nikon distributors like Nikon Europe. This is why they only perform warranty work on USA products and refuse to work on products they didn't import. It may be that Nikon USA funded Joe's DVD and need to recover the funds. I agree that it would be far better for the parent company to fund this and release it for free, or include it with every flash (which is what I would suggest).

November 23, 2008 10:45 AM  
Blogger Wink of an eye Digital said...

Kinda like your joke comment when you first posted about the CLS.

A twist


Not much here for anyone outside the US....Move on!

November 23, 2008 11:02 AM  
Anonymous PAOLO C. C. R. Sales said...

Or why not put it on sale at iTUNES? I don't see why Nikon should limit distribution.

November 23, 2008 11:35 AM  
Blogger Pat Morrissey said...

Thanks for the overseas support David. Like many others I asked Nikon support about the DVD and got this:

"Thank you for your message. I am happy to learn of your interest in Nikon products, and apologise for a delayed reply, while I was waiting for a confirmation from our Marketing department.

Unfortunately, at this time there are no plans to make this DVD available in the European market. I have forwarded your message to a relevant department for consideration, however there is little else I can do in this regard, and can not in any way guarantee that the product will actually be released over here. Please follow our News release page for most up to date information on upcoming products and events:

We regret any inconvenience this may be causing you. Should you have further questions regarding this enquiry, please click the Update link provided above this message to reply.

Kind Regards,"

It's kinda cheeky asking customers to look at their news releases when we can't get the stuff, huh?
Cheers
Pat

November 23, 2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Amazon says "Usually ships within 1 to 2 months." Not my definition of in stock.

November 23, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger David said...

Jeff-

FWIW, I do not have the slightest bit of control over shipping costs on my DVD. And, FWIW, I just picked up a $6,000.00 tab to have a run of them shipped over to UK.

They will be available there next year. And we are eating shipping and duties to keep price parity with the US.

This stuff matters to me, and it is not as easy as you'd think!

:)

-D

November 23, 2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought, received, and watched the video. Stronist readers who have been to one of DH's seminars and/or bought his DVDs will get little to no value.

November 23, 2008 12:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

Anonymous-

I disagree. I have viewed the Strobist DVDs several times and been to every single Strobist lighting seminar, and I found plenty of value in the CLS DVD.

-DH

November 23, 2008 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hy,

i'm Nikon French user, the more important question, is the format of this DVD ?? Multi Regions ? PAL format ?

If NTSC : the majority of ppl haven't the hardware for reading this type of DVD in this format..

I Contact the Nikon French Customers service : and they don't no about this product !! lol

Regards,

Dan

November 23, 2008 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

There's one used DVD for sale on Amazon but a 1-2 month wait for a new one.

I ordered one from MPEX with a $20 shipping charge to Canada. Not great but better than not getting one at all. What the heck, I have a major birthday (one of those big round numbers) next week and Christmas is coming so an extra $20 won't break the bank.

Still, this is a really dumb move on Nikon's part. I have a friend in the UK who wants one but it looks like he's completely out of luck.

Kathleen

November 23, 2008 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think all the hoopla on this DVD is "much ado about nothing."

The first half "Basics" is a total waste of time unless you are a totally rank beginner.

The second half is "okay" but nothing new either. These techniques have been rehashed many times in other forums, videos, etc.

The whole thing seemed _very_ dumbed down, and from my POV was a waste of time.

Sorry to be negative, but just an opinion FWIW.

SAS

November 23, 2008 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My only bet is that the wisdom has come to Nikon when they realised the Asian and European market is already sold to the "other" brand, duh.

Have to love you for your efforts to show how much better you become when shoot with Nikon.

Besides, you really rock, thank you.

November 23, 2008 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second half is "okay" but nothing new either. These techniques<

Sorry. Maybe a little harsh.

But, with the "hype level" and coming from "this website" I was pumped for something with a bit more "depth."

I guess it (what you will find to be worthwhile) depends on your expectations, and knowledge level of CLS.

I am just saying that if you cannot get this DVD because of your geographic location I would not spend a ton of money in a rush to buy.

November 23, 2008 7:26 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

1. International shipping cuts both ways. I live in the USA and bought a DVD from Mexico (Mexican cortometrajes). I think I paid USD 6$ for the DVD and USD $30 for the shipping.

2. Maybe there are distribution issues Nikon are dealing with. Also, maybe they are creating DVDs with various subtitled languages.

My 2 cents.

November 23, 2008 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

It gets even better with the Nikon Mall. My billing address is a PO Box and they won't ship there. But their mall site webpage isn't smart enough to accept a non-PO Box for shipping!

So I ordered from Amazon (on 11/13/08)... the latest word from them is:

Shipping estimate: December 26, 2008 - January 20, 2009 !

November 23, 2008 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

I deal with photo licensing in my job. And I am betting this issue has nothing to do with Nikon only wanting USA buyers to get this DVD. It's more likely they decided to purchase International, multi-language rights is too expensive and would make the cost of the video prohibitive.

If anything, you probably need to complain to the creator of the video for not thinking globally and making it reasonably priced for everyone. They'd make more money in the long run.

On the other hand, maybe it's the regional codes, but does Canada have a different one than the US?

November 23, 2008 10:17 PM  
Blogger Walter said...

Yes looks like my friend in LA will suddenly get an interest in pro phootgraphy again just like I told her to for " The speed of Light " DVD last year - then post it to me in Australia. Apparently soon Nikon software will only run on " Wang " computers that only they will sell. This will be followed by tripod threads that are 1/4" whitworth. Left hand thread filters and then Nikon only memory cards

November 24, 2008 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Nikon would love to distribute the video more widely, but it's more of a headache than most posters realize. The problem isn't just shipping costs or region codes, but international rights to the content.

To distribute it internationally, Nikon would have to buy international rights from the production company that made the video for them... and the production company in turn would have to go back to the presenters, all the models, the licensor of the background music, etc., etc., and negotiate international releases with them. Meanwhile, many countries (e.g. Canada) require packaging in their native languages (in the case of Canada, French as well as English) so that's an additional complication.

I know it's frustrating, but that's how these things work. Incidentally, the DVD is excellent -- I've been using CLS for a long time and knew most of the info that's in it, but having everything presented in a logical order made my own knowledge more accessible to me.

November 24, 2008 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we should just be grateful that Nikon still lets us buy their cameras over here...

November 24, 2008 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Micah said...

Hi,

I think Ken is on the money. Nikon USA is a subsidiary of Nikon Japan, and they only service the US market. They distribute here and perform warranty work on equipment with US serials. They also run things like NPS and make the occasional video and/or website.

There's no conspiracy, they probably have contractual obligations to not directly distribute in markets other than the US.

Petitioning is not going to fix this.

I went on at length over here:
http://nikonrumors.com/2008/11/23/online-petition.aspx#comment-10202

November 24, 2008 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a loyal Nikon user for more than twenty years and have more Nikon kit than I would care to admit to (including four SB-800s), but now Nikon are starting to p*** me off!

Why can't the rest of us share the knowledge offered by the DVD? Nikon, show some loyalty to your non-US customers, otherwise we might start looking towards the enemy!

November 24, 2008 2:14 PM  
Anonymous The Flicker said...

Did all of you Nikon shooters completely miss DH's Canon shoutout? Even if it was a mini one? Gaaah!

Commence with my happy dance.

I know it's not Nikon vs. Canon, but sometimes I like to pretend it is, just for the sake of feined excitement.

November 24, 2008 4:30 PM  
Blogger David Harris said...

I believe the root cause of this issue is how - long ago - Nikon chose to organize its sales territories. From my understanding, each Nikon sales office has near-complete control over its turf. Furthermore, there is little to no incentive to cooperate with other Nikon sales regions.

Granting exclusive country/region contracts with little foresight into cooperative marketing and sales like this used to be common back in the day when entering Int'l markets was tough, especially for relatively small companies like Nikon. Times have changed, but Nikon hasn't chosen to keep up, or is still otherwise bound by its old exclusivity-centric contracts with its sales channels.

To make matters worse, this video was probably commissioned or otherwise paid for by Nikon USA. Hence, the rest of the world ain't gettin' it, no matter how much Nikon corporate would like it to.

I love Nikon products, but hate their silo'd / confederated sales channels.

November 25, 2008 12:07 AM  
Blogger John Mielke Photography said...

So... to add a new twist to this, guess what this Canadian Nikon user got in his e-mail today? A message from Nikon telling me alll about the new Joe McNally/Bob Krist DVD from Nikon School and how it would make an awesome Christmas present; which it would, of course.

So... Where does it link me to so I can "buy it?" The Nikon Mall. A place where only people in the USA can buy things. ????????

COME ON NIKON. I have only ever registered my gear with Nikon's CANADIAN website.

What an insult that they're sharing my personal information with the USA division, but they won't let me buy from there.

I'm suddenly starting to miss my Olympus setup, which I traded in to go all Nikon. Olympus treated me like I was a king.

Just to be clear, it's not just the Joe McNally DVD that Canadians (and I assume others) can't buy from the Nikon Mall, it's EVERYTHING.

Nikon hats? Nope.
Nikon jackets? Nope.
Nikon shirts? Nope.
Nikon software upgrades? Nope.

Outside of the USA, there is no Nikon mall. If you check wwww.Nikon.ca, you'll see that they do not offer any such items.

I just checked the Canon.ca site - imagine my surprise when I found all kinds of goodies I can buy from them! How this isn't a PR nightmare for Nikon I'll never know.

Signed,
Angry In Ottawa Canada

November 25, 2008 12:04 PM  
Blogger londonblue007 said...

Just watched the Canon Landscape video.
I have decided that if you want to sell a product, hire a person with an English accent to explain it all.

November 26, 2008 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Hendrik said...

Hi, I am from South Africa. The same problem here. I ordered the DVD from B&H and it was delivered at a friend in the US. Her mom wil deliver it to my in January '09. Try B&H and send it to a frien in the USA who in return can send it to you.

November 26, 2008 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The individuals outside of the country should be glad. I say that because, I was able to preview this DVD with a friend before purchasing it. I was very disappointed. It is a very nice "hey, look at me and my Nikon stuff and what I can do with it"... BUT, it lacks in the "HOW". This DVD is more like a long infomercial advertisement. Not once did they go into the settings that Joe was using and why. He skims over stuff that you're hoping he'd cover in detail. Save your money... It's not really worth the cost.

November 26, 2008 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Fotografo said...

I live in Italy and I buyed mine at Adorama.
Pretty interesting and useful.
You can take the best from the video if you got at least 3 flashes Nikon and a Camera with built in a comander (D200,D300,D70,D700,D80,D90...)

November 28, 2008 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Bruno said...

I have just received the DVD I ordered one week ago from MPEX and it plays fine on my computer. However, the looping background music drives me nuts (it is unnecessary as well as much too loud). Does anybody have a clue on how to turn this off?


Bruno

November 29, 2008 8:45 AM  
Blogger Mountain Hideaway said...

Update on my prior post about a used copy of the DVD on eBay: First, I hope I'm not violating any rules by doing this. Also, I normally do not ship eBay items out of the US -- way too much hassle -- but if anyone mentions that they found the item via the Strobist blog, I'll make an exception. Item is posted on eBay as of Nov. 30, 2008. Search for "Nikon + DVD"

November 30, 2008 8:37 PM  
Blogger Richard S. said...

David.. just finished watching Nikon CLS video that I ordered simultaneously with the Strobist DVD set from Midwest Photo. Both are outstanding...(I am only on the third DVD of the strobist box). The two videos are very different. The Nikon Video preaches the gospel of TTL. I was glad to see that just as you were at the Independent Florida Alligator you are still a manual guy. The case you make for learning to be a manual guy is artful and well presented. The Nikon video shows some gorgeous photos that were created with just a few strobes and demonstrates tweaking exposures starting with available light, then straight strobe, then bounce, then progressing to use of multiple lights with umbrella, reflector, and colored gel. For $40 it delivers so much more than similarly priced lighting books.
Both the Stobist and Nikon DVDs are a worthy additions to any serious photographer's library.
Richard Shuster

December 08, 2008 4:23 PM  
Blogger topjimmy2475 said...

I just watched the video... It does seem pretty basic on the front end. However, they inconsistently tell you the 'how-to's. For instance, sometimes it is a step by step process on how to set up your flash and sometimes they just say... set to auto FP, yada, yada without any explanation!
My biggest beef is that they do a ton of creative lighting in the second half of the DVD - I have no idea how they are getting the reach from the Nikon wireless system - I have not found it to be that easy. It works great in a one room set up, but they were setting up and sending signal through barriers and greater distances. I'd love to see the outtakes! :)

December 09, 2008 6:26 PM  

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