I’ve been inspired by your Teach Yourself Flash series, but I’m not sure how to alter the power settings in my SB-800 flashgun?
Andrew Southwell, via email
Jason says… It’s fair to say “they don’t make them like that any more”. The Nikon SB-800 is a powerful, pro-grade flashgun but it’s not particularly intuitive, especially compared with the SB-900 that replaced it. Even so, adjusting the power output is reasonably straightforward, based as it is on pressing the top or bottom of the fourway pad, marked with + and - signs. This will apply positive or negative flash exposure compensation in automatic modes, or alter the output power between 1/1 (full power) and 1/128th (minimum power) in manual flash mode. First press the SEL (Select) button at the centre of the four-way pad to highlight the flash output level display.
In TTL-BL (Through The Lens – Balanced Light) auto exposure flash mode, the flashgun doesn’t overpower ambient lighting, but results can lack brightness, so you might want to switch to TTL mode or apply positive flash exposure compensation.
If your camera features a flash button and a sub -command dial at the rear, you can use these as a shortcut for adjusting the power setting