Nikon USA is now shipping The Speed of Light: Joe McNally and the Nikon Creative Lighting System, an instructional DVD on the use of SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights.
The DVD includes about an hour of video of photographer Joe McNally on location at Las Vegas High School and in the desert outside the city, walking the viewer in detail through multiple wireless Speedlight setups and showing the resulting photographs, all of which are taken with the D70, D2H or D2X.
The benefits of Nikon's Speedlights are touted fairly constantly in the anonymous voiceover. But McNally's commentary on the effect he is trying to achieve with each setup, as well as the opportunity to see the light placement and the pictures that emerge, more than offset the marketing-speak of the narration. The result is a DVD that is a treat to watch for any photographer who uses shoe-mount strobes on location.
Opening screen of The Speed of Light DVD
We've posted a short segment (with the permission of Nikon USA) from The Speed of Light, one that's typical of the disc's content. Note that the 6.5MB clip, which is in QuickTime movie format, has been reduced in resolution and frame rate from the original video.
Bogen/Manfrotto stands, scrims and clamps are used throughout the DVD, in addition to a gaggle of wirelessly-controlled Nikon Speedlights.
Joe McNally explains the Speedlight SB-800 in The Speed of Light
The Speed of Light is US$30 direct from Nikon Mall, Nikon USA's online store (which appears to sell to U.S.-based customers only). Select Nikon retailers in the U.S. are also carrying the DVD. As of this writing, we're not clear on whether it will be made available for purchase in other world regions as well.
It's the first DVD of its kind featuring McNally that the company has developed, says Michael Corrado, Nikon USA's Senior Product Manager for Digital SLR Systems, though the top-notch photographer has teamed up with Nikon in the past to stage numerous location lighting workshops (we've attended at least three such workshops ourselves, and McNally is always both informative and side-splittingly funny).
If The Speed of Light is well-received, says Corrado, more instructional DVD's are likely to follow.