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Flash is a device which provides additional light to a scene. It can be used to help fill in a dark area of a photo, to provide light if there isn't sufficient light to begin with, or it can help to improve the composition of a particular photo, by creating your own source of light.

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Speedlight 380EX sync issues

I have a Canon Speedlight 380EX and some time ago it stopped syncing correctly. Every photo I take comes out dark as if the flash didn't fire. The flash fires, the IR assist beam works as intended and ...
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

I don't have an studio so I mostly shoot outside on locations, or for practice in my small room. I see some pictures that they have shaped and directed the light so well. For example a violin that ...
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Highspeed sync using PocketWizards and Nikon flashes

I have set the camera on HighSpeedSync by going to flash setting in camera and setting the speed to 1/350 sec. ( on Nikon D-810) Then I researched a little and looks like there is not a setting for ...
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Changing the Flash Ratio as an input variable in Sekonic light meters

I just got a Sekonic light meter ( 478 DR ) and also have some flashes and PocketWizard radio triggers. The radio triggers are not TTL based. When I fire the flash with the Sekonic light meter, it ...
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Syncing multiple cameras with multiple strobe lights

We are trying to sync 23 cameras and 4 strobe lights together. However, we keep getting a black band rolling across the images and can not figure out how to sync the strobes to fire when all of the ...
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How do manual flash power levels map to flash compensation values?

When I am on Manual flash, I can go from 1/1 to 1/128 and even with 1/3 stops too. When I am on TTL mode or Remote mode of the TTL flash I can do "exposure compensation" for that flash and for me I ...
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Why do so many photographers still use flash and noisy cameras in concerts? [closed]

I'm sometimes playing on stage, and also visiting concerts, and one of the biggest nuisances nowadays are people with mirror cameras looking like shotguns - and flashing, clicking and buzzing all the ...
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Flash communicates with camera but does not fire

I have a canon 70D and a yongnuo speedlight YN568EX II. When I first unboxed it from new I was able to just slip on the hotshoe of my camera and fire away. For some reason, it stopped firing.The flash ...
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Is a TTL wireless flash trigger something meaningless?

I have a couple TTL flashes (Nikon SB-910s) and also a a couple of PocketWizards but I see on the internet that there are triggers that support TTL and that confuses me. If I am understanding ...
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What are the advantages of a remote radio trigger over “slave mode”?

I understand that with remote triggers like PocketWizard we can set them to work on different channels and zones, but those things aside, from the view of just firing multiple flashes, should I just ...
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How do I set a remote flash's power using Nikon CLS system?

I am using Nikon's CLS system to use the camera built-in flash as commander and the SB-910 flash as remote flash so I have set the SB-910 in remote mode and it does fire but I can't find a way to set ...
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Sony A7S and trigger voltages

I use a Sony A7S. Recently, I bought two old Panasonic PE-20s'. I've used it a couple times through the hotshoe without fail but recently I read up on how high flash trigger voltages can fry your ...
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Why is my 430EX firing sporadically on my 40D?

I have a 430EX mounted on the hotshoe of a Canon 40D. I would like to use this in the studio and have the flash fire every time I shoot a photo. However it only fires sometimes. I am using manual (M) ...
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Why is Master flash still firing?

Here is a picture of my setup. The remote flash fires correctly but I don't know why Master flash is firing too? or maybe is it just pre-flash? But it looks pretty bright to me, not sure if it is ...
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When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?

I just bought a new ring light and I love it! However I would like to use it and still have the backround light up instead of everything going dark. How can I achieve this? P.s I use my iphone 6 and ...
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Would a TTL flash have advantages over a manual flash for my scenarios?

I've never used a TTL flash before and have used my manual flash in three shooting sessions so far. I will receive my first TTL flash (Nikon SB910) and was wondering the following things: In a ...
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Is there a workaround for off-camera second-curtain sync with non-Canon flashes?

I have a Canon camera but only have Yongnuo flashes and triggers which won't allow me to use the rear-curtain sync camera function. I've read around that there are hacks or workarounds to kind of ...
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Will the built-in flash of a Polariod camera be adequate for a wedding photobooth?

My best friend is getting married in one week. He asked me to set up a photo booth near the reception so that people can take pictures of themselves using funny accessories. The photo booth should be ...
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Are Yongnuo flashes interchangeable between dslr's or are they brand specific?

I see the Yongnuo triggers are brand specific. For example YN-622c (for Canon) and the YN-622n (for Nikon) I was looking at the YN-565 and YN-568 but did not want to make a wrong purchase and buy a ...
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Canon PowerShot S100 overexposing in Av mode with built-in flash

I use a Canon PowerShot S100. My question is, why did I get this (for me) unexpected overexposure? I was photo-documenting a project and wanted a close up with a good depth of field so I set Av ...
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Underexposed image with Canon 5D III and flash

Just started using my Mark III with flash (Neewer TT560 Speedlite). And I'm getting strange results. At first I thought it was a battery issue and another set of batteries seemed to have fixed the ...
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Why do I have to set my flash to -3ev flash exposure compensation?

I have a Canon 70d and I use the 622c wireless trigger/remote with the YN 565 EX flashes. When setting them on E-TTL, all my shots are overexposed. I've checked the camera and the flashes and all the ...
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Flash Exposure Compensation w/Bounced Flash?

I can't seem to get Flash Exposure Compensation to work when I am bouncing my flash. Any ideas on what I might be overlooking? -I have a Canon 6d, with Yongnuo 600 EXRT flashes (Canon knockoff), and ...
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Why is the bottom half my picture black when shooting with Cowboy Studio remote triggers?

This is my very first day of shooting with flash and remote flash. And picture turned out like this: Bottom half of it is black. I have no idea what has caused this and how to prevent it? I just know ...
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How can I calculate settings for manual flash to reduce trial and error? [duplicate]

I have two Yongnuo 560-III flashes that I have been using for a while, In order to get good results I am having to do a lot of trial and error. Adjusting power, zoom, moving them around etc. Is there ...
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Are there any strobes with sustained (but still sub-second) duration?

Following up on the answers to Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration? are there flashguns or strobes that allow the user to set a "sustain" period where the light is ...
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Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration?

My understanding of flash sync is that: Up to a certain speed – apparently 1/250-1/500 for focal-plane shutters – the shutter curtains have a moment during which they are fully open. ...
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Can I get a Yongnuo YN622C to trigger a Nissin Di700 in hss?

I've recently bought a Nissin Di700 flash that has HSS feature. I ask confirmation to those who have been able to try them both if with two tranceiver yongnuo yn-622C I can remotely control the ...
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Color issue: studio images have a pink hue

I have a small home studio and use 2 x 250 flash heads, and a white vinyl background. I use a Canon 5D Mk II and generally shoot at 1/125 and f11-13. My problem is my images all have a pink hue to ...
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Sony MIS hot shoe splitter / MIS pass through RF transceivers

Is there an adapter that would enable me to use a TTL-Flash on the Sony Multi Interface Shoe while passing out a simple "Fire" command to a second ISO shoe, PC-Sync Terminal or via RF? To provide ...
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How to achieve a flash image with a very bright, almost-whited-out subject and dark background?

I want to achieve this strong flash yet balanced background, I've been trying a couple things out but I need some tips. I know very little about flash in general, so any tips help! Thanks!
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Can I get HSS with off-camera Canon 430EX II speedlites, radio triggers, and a Sony A7?

I've been tirelessly searching the Internet for information on how to use my two Canon 430exii's in conjunction with my Sony A7 in HSS mode. I think I already know the answer (can't do that!), but ...
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How do I get my Canon 60D to recognize a Yongnuo YN-560 III flash?

Under the flash control menu in external flash function setting I keep getting when selected this menu cannot be displayed. Incompatible flash or flashes power is turned off. How do I get my camera to ...
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Can I change firmware from canon to nikon in a Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital?

I have a Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital for canon, so I can only use it in manual with my nikon d7100. If I change its firmware to the nikon one will it work with nikon or just break?
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Canon 1000D and sigma ef-610 flash issues

I have a canon 1000D DSLR and a Sigma EF-610 flash. The Flash seems to work find in full Auto mode when attached to the camera body, but when I try to use it off camera I run into problems. When the ...
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Why won't my Yongnuo YN468-II fire on a Canon Rebel 2000 (when it works on other cameras)?

So I have a Yongnuo YN468-II that will not fire on a Canon Rebel 2000 (film camera). What is strange is it will fire on a Canon Rebel T1i, and on a Canon AE-1 (another film camera). It seems to ...
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What Yongnuo flash and trigger works with the Panasonic GH4

I am so confused - I'm fairly new to the whole camera trigger thing, as well as new to Yongnuo and the GH4, but here's my thing: All I want to do is figure out what I need if I want to control 2 or 3 ...
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Can I use rear curtain sync in bulb mode?

I have an idea of shooting a low key photo of dancers using rear curtain sync and tracing them with continuous lights to get the classic trails of the dancers as well as a sharp frozen picture using ...
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All the things that I did wrong with this shot [closed]

First time ever using flash, so I put the flash with softball attached to it on the ground on the right side of the girl ( left side of the picture ) and took this shot. I would like to know all the ...
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Can I use generic flash tubes for studio strobes?

My flash tube in my Elinchrom Style 600RX burned, and I am looking for a new flash tube for it. It is hard to find them in stock anywhere. I was wondering if I can just get another brand, or some ...
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What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc)?

What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc) to distinguish them from studio strobes and alike? Is it simply speedlight/speedlite or has that just become a generic ...
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How can I improve my clothing photography with a limited budget?

I am shooting pictures for our sleepwear brand but I have limited budget/equipment: Nikon D40 Lenses: 18-105mm & 50mm f1.8 Flash: Yongnuo YN-560 Tripod We have some lights from the top that I ...
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Firing master flash with Yongnuo RF-603 II

I got a couple Yongnuo RF-603 II triggers. And I got a Canon 550EX and 430EX. I want to use the triggers to fire the 550EX remotely. The 550EX is in master mode. Which should trigger my 430EX in ...
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What Yongnuo wireless triggers work together?

Will a Yongnuo YN-622-TX operate a Yongnuo RF-605 attached to a remote YN-565EX flash, and will it allow the 622 to perform eTTL operability with the remote flash? Also will the YN-622-TX operate a ...
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Yongnuo YN-468 II — how can I turn off the beeps?

I have a Yongnuo YN-468 II and the beeps while the flash is focusing are annoying. How do I turn them off?
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Yongnuo YN565ex flash, what is the SL option for?

If a Yongnuo YN565ex flash can only be used remotely without triggers, as an optical slave,via menu options S1 & S2, what is the SL option for? I had hoped SL was to recieve wireless signals from ...
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Can I sync my iPhone to an external strobe / flash? [duplicate]

Is there any way I can sync my iPhone to a strobe? I've search around and can't seem to find any reliable way to do it. From what I've read it seems using an optical slave triggered by the iphone ...
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How can I make the flash fire when it is connected with a cord?

I just received the lighting starter kit from Strobist and trying to see if I can make it take a shot before I go to bed tonight :D Here is the picture of how I have set it up currently: And also ...
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How to brighten the face of a backlit subject [duplicate]

I want to recreate a photo like the below one. The sun is at your back and I need that glow in the tips of the hair and would like to brighten up the face too.. Is flash recommended for this? If ...
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What setups work to trigger a Profoto B1 and Canon 600EX-RT Speedlights together from canon body

Given a Profoto B1, a Profoto AIR Remote TTL-C, and some Canon 600EX-RT , what configurations work with triggering these items together. Additional items are allowed (slave triggers, pocket wizards, ...