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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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What is required to trigger an optical slave?

I previously asked a question about how to trigger a flash unit with a smartphone such as an iPhone here: Can I trigger my Canon flash with an iPhone?. The top answer suggested that I simply put the ...
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Are there any official flash extenders for macro work?

I'm regularly doing macro work using a Nikon D800, typically with its internal flash, and when possibly using the SB700 speedlight. In both cases, the flash is directly head-on, which has several ...
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High speed sync Flash with 430EX II off-camera

I have a Canon 6D and a Speedlite 430EX II. It supports HHS, which works fine when the flash is mounted on the camera. Since I'd like to use it off-camera I bought the inexpensive Yongnuo triggers ...
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What do I need to use off-camera flash on location?

I have a Canon 5D Mk3 a Canon Speedlite 580EX and a Speedlite 540EZ. Also I have an Trek Tech Optera Pro 460 (a GorillaPod-like mini tripod) besides of my 'official' carbon-fiber tripod for camera. ...
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Will using a CTO gel help make my flash less distracting in a cafe?

I sometimes encounter a situation where using a flash would greatly enhance the pictures because of the low ambient light, but I don't use the flash as it is mighty distracting in a low-light cafe/bar ...
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How do I set up off-camera flash for wedding receptions?

I'm a wedding photographer working with a Canon 5D Mark II. Previously when photographing weddings, I had been using my Speedlite (600ex-rt) on my camera (ETTL). I'd really like to start learning off ...
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Adding flash makes picture darker. Why?

I just started experimenting with flashes and was surprised by something, hope someone can explain me what us happening. I have canon 7d with built in flash extended, set to 1/32 power. Also, a flash ...
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How can I use a wireless trigger with a Sigma flash and a Nikon D3000?

I have a Nikon d3000 - jjc wireless flash trigger kit & Sigma EF 500 flash. I have a hotshoe & tripod also. I can get it to work together only when I am less than a foot away. I have 2 sets of ...
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What adapter can I use to mount my flash on a tripod?

I had a Nikon D90 with and SB910 Speed light. To trigger my flash remotely, I had a Yongnuo remote trigger. I used to have a Ravelli tripod for my camera, but I recently upgraded it to a Vanguard ...
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Will my SB-600 work off camera with any camera?

I own a Nikon SB-600 flash and no camera. Now, looking for a new camera, I want to know if I could trigger the flash from another non-Nikon camera body. I never use it on camera and therefore I ...
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When and why should I consider buying a speedlight/external flash?

I am just a hobbyist in photography. And I do not have specific interest areas (as of now). So while looking for different things to try with photography, I kept coming across things which require use ...
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Whats a powerful Waterproof flash?

Based on recommendations in a previous question, i'm now looking at purchasing a couple of powerful flashes. As far as i understand, almost all flash units are not waterproof at all. Since i take my ...
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How do I get started with off camera flash in the Canon ecosystem?

This is a very basic question, and I have looked through different resources including the Strobist Lighting 101 tutorial and a few books (Scott Kelby, Neil van Niekerk). Some of the limitations I ...
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Why does my Cowboystudio NPT-04 not trigger flash with Live View on Canon T3i?

I just purchased a Cowboystudio flash trigger, model NPT-04 to use on my Canon T3i with a Canon 430 EX ii Speedlite. It seems to only work when looking through the viewfinder- if live view is on ...
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Why am I limited to 1/100th of a second or slower with 5D Mark II, 600EX-RT, and ST-E3-RT?

I'm fairly new to using flash in my photography, so I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to the finer points. I have an ST-E3-RT transmitter on my 5D Mark II, and a 600EX-RT Speedlite set as a ...
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Synchronization problems with Rekam NEO 200 and Canon 600D

I've recently got two Rekam NEO 200 lamps with synchronization cable. To connect them to my canon 600D i've bougth an adapter. The flash seems to sync correctly when setting exposition to values ...
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PC flash sync adapter for canon 550ex

I'm trying to sync my XTi to a 550ex speedlite with PC cord. I'm shopping on amazon.co.uk and can only find two adapters that might do the job; Hama or SC2. Will either of these do the job? If not can ...
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What gear for Sony off-camera flash sync with TTL?

I'm just getting into digital photography, and I'm planning on getting some flash gear for Christmas that will let me dig into the Strobist lighting tutorials. I have Sony / Minolta gear. So let's ...
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How can I light creative portraits with one flash?

I have a single flash... and from what iv'e seen many photographers often uses 2 wireless flashes to get right light approaching to the subject. I only have one flash and a pop-up flash. Is there ...
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How to use old flash units with Digital SLR?

I got some old flash units (e.g. Metz 30bct-3) that I won on eBay along with some older slr cameras. The flash units are in good condition. I thought of using them with my Canon 600D but heard about ...
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Flash gun vs Studio light for product shoot

I need to make some shoot of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super professional pictures but I wan't something reasonnably good, better ...
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Is there a radio flash control system for Olympus that allows setting flash power from the camera?

One of the main advantages of optical wireless flash control systems is that they don't require anything extra: at least with many cameras, they work with the built-in flash, and can often control ...
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Advantages of TTL over manual mode when using speedlites

Yesterday a user on stackexchange asked me why do I prefer manual over TTL when working with speedlites. I use them mostly off-camera and I've developed a kind of a workflow where I do not walk back ...
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Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?

I am looking at purchasing a flash to go with my Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D), such as the Speedlite 430 EX II. I understand that there is some ability to trigger the speedlite by way of the on-camera ...
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What cheap flashes can be wirelessly triggered by a Nikon SB-900?

I have a Nikon SB-900 and I love it. I am looking to expand my off camera capabilities and would love to buy another flash. The one important factor I'm looking for is the compatibility between my ...
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How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a flash?

How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a conventional hotshoe flash? I haven't been paying attention to the LED panels, but they've been on the market long enough so that I'm ...
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Can any radio flash triggers be used without a sync cable?

I am looking for an inexpensive wireless flash trigger system to use with my Pentax k-x and an old flash I wouldn't trust on the camera hot shoe (Vivitar 550FD) because of its high trigger voltage. I ...
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Can one radio trigger be used to trigger two speedlights?

I have a pair of Yongnuo RF-603 radio flash transceivers, two SB-600s & D200. I'm planning to build a large rectangular softbox that'll use both speedlights for extra power. Is there a synch cord ...
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What do you recommend as a first step for hands-on learning about flash?

So far, I am enjoying my new Speedlight (Nikon SB-700), but any good results I have gotten have been mostly luck. I'd really like to understand how to use it so that I can make intentional technical ...
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What do I need to use a Metz 54 MZ-4 remotely with a Canon Rebel T2i?

I believe that the Metz 54 doesn't have a PC cable, and I'm looking for the cheapest option. The T2i doesn't have this built in does it?
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How does commander mode on a Nikon camera body differ from commander mode a on SB-700 Speedlight?

My Nikon D80 and new Nikon SB-700 both offer Commander mode. I have two questions: When NOT in wireless mode (that is, when the flash is plugged into the hot shoe either directly or with a cable), ...
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Why are there multiple contradictory ways to control flash ratio?

I am reading the following introduction to flash photography: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-flash-2.htm In this article, I came across two seemingly contradictory statements: ...
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How can I think logically about getting correct exposure with flash?

I recently got a new off-camera flash (Nikon SB-700), and I'm having trouble thinking about the variables that go into proper exposure. For example, without flash, I have a little mental decision ...
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Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns?

I just got a new off-camera flash, and the instruction manual says: Never fire the flash unit closer than 1 meter from infants. This was a little startling to me, since one of the main reasons I ...
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How are power levels automatically determined when using multiple speedlights with CLS?

If I take a picture with an on-camera flash, or a single speedlight, my understanding is that the camera/flash pre-fire and then automatically select the approrpriate power level to properly expose ...
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How should I set up a flash bracket for Pentax?

I have a Pentax K-r and a Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital flash unit, and I've been having problems with red-eye. As a result, I'm considering getting a flash bracket. I am aware that I can simply ...
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To take my portrait photography to the next level, should I get a second flashgun or a monolight?

I am a hobbyist and using a Canon 600D with 50mm f/1.8 and 18-135mm lenses. I bought 430EX-II flashgun, and it works great as off-camera flash with the 600D's built in transmitter. I also have a ...
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Is there a good flash for which you can get an AC adapter?

I'm working on a lighting solution for my studio. All of the lights will be 100% stationary and I'm wondering if there's a way to get flashes that I can just plug into the wall instead of bothering ...
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What are some budget flash options for the Canon 1000D?

Could you kindly suggest an external flash for 1000d within 100$ to 150 $. My main interests are portraits and wedding.
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Can I combine my Canon camera with my Nikon flash?

I have a Canon 60D camera and a SB-600 flash for Nikon. Can I use this flash wirelessly with my camera? I had Nikon camera before which I replaced with Canon and I haven't purchased a flash yet, so ...
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Triggering Canon Speedlite manually

I was planning to take a fake multiple-exposure picture: use a dark room, long exposure time, and manually trigger a flash for each exposure. But can I trigger my Canon Speedlite 430EX II manually ...
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What light/non-bulky Nikon flash cord will let me control my flash from a camera without a sync cord socket?

I have a D7000 (and a D50 and D80) that I use with a SB-800 speedlight. I also have a SC-29 TTL coiled cord (which includes its own illuminator). I have successfully used this with an optical slave ...
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How do I light a photo booth with a single flash and an umbrella?

I run a photobooth for a friend at a party for a side job and last night we came across a predicament. We only were able to use one flash on a tripod, instead of the usual two, along with the camera ...
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Why does using my slave flash darken the image?

Why does my slave flash at full power actually seem to darken the image? The camera (Lumix G1) is set to M-Mode, forced flash at -2, f6, 1/30s. I set my external flash (Nissin Di466 FT) to slave mode ...
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Which is faster for flashes, radio triggers or optical triggers?

Assuming you have a line of sight to all your flashes and both methods will trigger the flashes with 100% reliability, is it faster to use radio triggers or optical triggers to set them off? Or put in ...
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Why does my external flash use Ni-Cd and Ni-Mh batteries so quickly?

I've recently purchased a Canon 430EX II to use with my 550D and it's great but I'm having battery issues. I've been trying to use 2× 800mAh Ni-Cd and 2× 2500 mAh Ni-Mh (all rechargeables, the 800mAh ...
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Cheap secondhand off-camera flash with manual power controls?

I have a Canon 500D and am not overly a fan of portrait shots, but thought I might give it a go with a few simple setup scenes. External lighting would be useful, but the good stuff is very expensive, ...
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Why does exposure compensation have no effect with my hotshoe flash?

Taking photos with my Canon XTi and 550ex. Camera exposure compensation did not seem to effect the exposures. I figured out I needed to use the on-flash exposure comp. But the flash output is ...
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What is the best way to trigger a canon 550 EX speedlite in a studio

I want to try my hand at off camera flash for some indoor portraits. How should I trigger the speedlite (Canon 550ex)? Should I go for wired/wireless? What's the difference between TTL cable an PC ...