Controlling Built in flash with wireless SB900

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  1. spinxy

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    Hi,

    when using the SB900 wirelessly my built in flash on the nikon D200 always over powers the SB900, how do i controll this?
    are their controls on the camera, or is there some sort of diffuser i need to use on my camera flash.
    or would it just be best to buy a seperate wireless trigger.

    also can someone suggest an unbrella stand which the SB900 will connect to.

    Thanks
     
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    you can change your flash exposure in the camera... as for a umbrella stand.. any stand that has a hot shoe mount will work.
     
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    I'm pretty sure your Nikon has "Commander" mode.

    Learn it, Use it.

    From what you've said, it would appear that you're using the 900 as a slave and the built-in as your primary. Which effectively means you have little or no control over either.
     
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    go into commander mode on the camera and turn the popup flash mode to "--".. better off not using it at all IMO. I'm guessing you know you can control the power of the SB from there, too.
     
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    That totally depends on what he wants. Does he want no input from the on camera flash, use it as a fill or use it as the key light?

    Different settings for any of the 3 I listed above.
     
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    thanks everyone this threads been a massive help,

    it was already set to commander but built in was set to M
    aftr a little bit of fiddling around after reading this i have got the hang of controlling the built in flash.

    so wish i knew this 2 weeks ago!!!
     
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    Just in case you were wondering:

    M was for controlling the built-in light manually.
    TTL was for automated power level control of the built-in light
    -- was for triggering other remote flashes without the built-in light adding to the scene
    AA was for Auto Aperture, only available for the SB-800/900, not the built-in flash nor a SB-600 or SB-200.
     

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