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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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How can I get proper flash exposure in AV mode without using ETTL?

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and normally shoot with natural light (I try to stay away from flash). However, I am taking on more situations where I need to use my hotshoe flash (Canon Speedlite 580 EX ...
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Do all my speedlites need to be trigered wirelessly to do proper HSS?

What if some of them are slaves? Will they properly sync at 1/8000 along with the radio triggered ones?
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Off camera flash with cheap camera

After seeing this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh6zr3wKRV0 where famous photographers shooting with cheap cameras I wanted to try what Zack Arias dis in this video. In short, I tried ...
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Is it safe to override my camera's “flash busy” warning when the battery is low?

When I get the "flash busy" message, I usually restart my camera, or just push the flash back, and it pops up again. Both worked for me. Am I damaging my camera or flash this way? Or it will just ...
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How to disable the red eye protection flash with sony powershot DSCWX80 or WX60?

I want to DISABLE the extra flash that occurs when taking pictures of a group of people. Reason is, that people start looking away after they see the first flash, that occurs to remove the red eyes ...
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How can I trigger an off-camera flash with a Polaroid SX 70 or a Yashica-Mat?

I am interested in shooting pictures with off camera flash. I have a Polaroid sx 70 and one medium format Yashica mat 124. I was wondering if is it feasbile to shoot with off camera flash with one of ...
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Issue with Yongnuo 568EX flash on i-TTL mode

I've just received 2 pieces of Yongnuo YN568EX for my Nikon D610. When I’m on I-TTL mode the flash fires but the image is black (I tried it on each mode: auto, manual, A…), the sound tick-tick ...
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How can I avoid light bleed in a studio shot?

I have a simple white backdrop setup with two off camera flashes setup. One flash is pointed directly at the background to overexpose it to white. The other flash is off camera to the right, shooting ...
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Why is the on-camera flash trying to pop up when using a D7000 with a MK930 Speedlite?

So I decided to buy a cheap flash to experiment bouncing flash on walls or ceilings. I can't stand flash in pictures so I thought this would be a great way to try, and seeing these things are barely ...
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What are the practical differences between Canon 580EX II and Canon 600EX-RT?

so which one is better and why? I just need to get as much flash power as possible for outdoor and indoor photography. Are they a lot different from each other? I couldn't care less about the ...
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How can I calculate the effect of non-TTL flash on exposure?

I recently got an old Canon AE-1 film camera back in working order. I'd like to use my modern 430EXII Speedlight flash with it, however since there is no TTL metering, I have no idea how much the ...
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Manual off-camera flash compatibility with multiple bodies?

I'm very new to flash photography, so I apologize for the newb question. I plan on getting a Yongnuo YN-560 III speedlite for off-camera flash, but I wanted to know how I would be able to make it work ...
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Why don't we have Manual flashes with High Speed Sync?

What's the technical challenge here? Is it more of a marketing decision to encourage you to pay more for TTL based models (let's disregard other advantages of TTL for the moment). If we can have flash ...
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Is there a flash system that will work with for both Canon 5DMKIII and Sony A7MKII?

I have the following two new cameras: Canon 5D-MKIII & Sony A7-MKII I'm looking to see if I can avoid buying 2 different flash systems, will any of the new Yongnuo flashes (or other flash ...
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Do flash guide numbers assume some amount of ambient light built-in?

My flash shows its potential range in meters, but is that indoors or outdoors? The question came up the other day when I was trying to work out whether fitting a diffusion dome would be suitable for ...
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Off-camera flash bracket - flash position

Why do almost every flash bracket users prefer an "above camera" flash position? I am a studio/softbox guy and usually don't use bare flashes. Recently I tried to use flashes on top and this looks ...
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Canon 70D with Neewer/Godox TT560 flash not working in hot-shoe

This is my first external flash and I'm not sure if I'm missing anything simple. The flash works in slave mode outside of the camera. But when I mount it in the hotshoe mount I can't get it to fire. ...
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Flash for a6000 [closed]

Can someone recommend a good flash with manual and TTL capability for sony alpha a6000? I am looking for flashes other than the ones provided by sony. Also, do the normal hot shoe flashes work with ...
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What to bounce?

I was reading (on Tangents I think) advice on avoiding bounce off the ceiling as being an unnatural place for the light to come from (?) and in any case not artistic. Figure out where your lamp or ...
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How can I reduce the recycling time between shots when the built-in flash is enabled?

I know with external flash we can just use better batteries, but what about the built-in flash? Can we reduce its power or give it an external charger? I use a Nikon D5200.
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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 camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography [closed]

What camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography? I tried to do it with my Canon camera.
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Looking for a remote flash trigger for Sony

Can anyone recommend a wireless flash set up for Sony A200 camera/Sony F58-AM flash unit?
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High Speed Sync with Canon 7D and Sigma EF-610 DG Super

Does anyone know how or if high speed sync can be triggered using a Canon 7D and a Sigma EF-610 DG Super? After making all the settings as per the 610's manual, as soon as I meter/focus the camera ...
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1/250 flash sync useful with a 180 mm lens?

Right now I'm using a Canon 5D mark II camera with 180mm macro lens, and I am hand-holding the camera. My flash is the MT-24 twin flash. Some of my photos aren't razor sharp and I'm thinking about ...
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Can two or more different models of Yongnuo flash work together?

I have a Yongnuo YN-568EX flash and I use it with a Nikon D7100. If I buy another two more Yongnuo flashes of any model other than a YN-568EX, in principle will they all work together using at least ...
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Can I use an optical slave flash with my Sony DSC RX100?

Can I use a slave flash (I have one — Simpex VT531) with Sony DSC RX100, since it does not have a hot shoe ?
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What are the Yongnuo flash naming conventions?

I'm trying to get an idea of which Yongnuo flash will fit my requirements. I'd like to have a flash to pair with my SB-900 with TTL support for use both on and off camera (Nikon CLS-compatible). My ...
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How to turn an external flash off and reactive the incorporated one (Canon 600D)?

After using an external flash, I took it off and, when trying to use the built-in flash incorporated to the camera, it just didn't pop up. In the menu, it tells me that the external flash is mounted, ...
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Old Yashica Flash with Nikon D3200

I have a Nikon D3200 and an old Yahica Branded Flash that came with an old Zenit ET. I googled for the instructions for using old flash with new cameras and found out that the excessive voltages could ...
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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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Is there a 3rd-party wireless slave for Nikon SU-4 triggering?

My question is similar to this one about a generic commander for the Nikon CLS system (IR wireless flash). Now if I want my SB-25 to be slaved by this system the Nikon SU-4 does the right job. As I ...
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What is the purpose of a dual LED flash?

I see that some smartphones now have dual LED flash. What exactly is the purpose of a dual LED flash? Anything to do with brightness? What can a dual do that a single flash cannot? Would a triple LED ...
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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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What are the possible reasons my Pentax K-r malfunctions when using flash?

I have a Pentax K-r. It works fine in general. But, when I try to use flash, it doesn't take pictures anymore. The shutter will not fire. What can be the possible causes? Is there a hope to repair ...
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How to calculate camera settings for a family group portrait with a film camera and flash?

I'm shooting film 200 ASA.,, Three rows of family members in front of a large white lit xmas tree, with flash. Distance from first row approx.15ft. Where should the focus on the group be? What would ...
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Is using a large aperture with flash uncommon?

I found How can I use wide aperture with fill flash? and How can I use flash with large apertures? while trying to find a solution for using a large aperture to get DOF with the flash setup I have. ...
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Inconsistent TTL results when flash used off-camera (YN565 EX II)

I've got a Yongnuo 565 EX II that meters flawlessly when attached to the hotshoe of my 60D, but is very inconsistent when used off camera and slaved to the built in flash unit. It frequently doesn't ...
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How do I lower ISO in an intentionally dark photo and maintain contrast?

In the attached image I'd like to lower my ISO in an effort to reduce noise. Is there a way to leverage flash or some other technique to accomplish this without losing the contrast between the ...
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Why do my Cybersyncs fire my Sunpak flashes with the test button, but not the shutter release?

During wedding receptions, my Sunpak 383s fire very inconsistently. Every time I press the test button with the Cybersyncs, they fire every time. When I press the shutter button, they don't fire. ...
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Which flashes are weather-proofed?

With some effort, it's possible to find out which camera models and lens have weather sealing. However, there seems to be little information available on weather-sealed flashes. From another answer ...
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Overexposed images when using ring flash

I am somewhat of a newbee to photography, but I have a Sigma EM-140 Ring Flash with a 18-250mm Sigma lens. In short, when I use the camera with the ring flash I can't get it to take photos that ...
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Are there any instructions for Pixel X-650 flash?

It is the first time I've used this flash and have no idea how to work it. Even though it seems to fire, my pictures are dark, as if it hasn't fired.
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What's 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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Is the Yongnuo YN-622C transceiver compatible with the Alien Bee 800?

I am thinking about buying a second hand AlienBee 800. I currently have a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless TTL Flash Triggers for Canon. Would they be compatible with the AlienBee?
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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What flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1?

What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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What are good situations to use Multi-Flash / Repeating Flash feature?

What can be done with the MULTI-Flash feature of a 580ex II flash? What are good situations to use this feature?