Thanks to a tip I came across on a Flickr group, I discovered that my Nikon Coolpix P6000 could use off camera flashes (Strobist style) via my cheapo Cactus Triggers (aka Poverty Wizards). These are a cheap set consisting of a transmitter and receiver for any flash that I got off ebay for about $25 that works almost as well as the $200+ remote triggers (which are probably worth the money if you’re doing this professionally).
Now don’t get me wrong, Nikon’s creative lighting system (CLS) that is built into almost all their recent cameras (except their point and shoots) and speedlights is amazing but it relies on infrared line-of-sight to work. Sometimes you want to put a flash somewhere that can’t been seen by the IR window on the flash unit and these remote triggers make it happen.
You don’t need to pop up the built-in for it to work but it’s worth noting that it doesn’t matter either way since it doesn’t fire.
The more I play with this camera, the more I love it.