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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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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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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, ...
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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 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 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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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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Low budget entry level Speedlite?

Owning a cheap Canon 20D, I now want to buy an entry level speedlight/external flash but I'm confused with should i go for used or new the one while considering my low budget(150$ max). What things ...
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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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Lightmeter not changing values after adjusted flash power?

This is my first time learning to use a light meter. Measuring ambient seems to be working and straight forward. However measuring the flash seems to be broken. I have it set to wait for a flash. ...
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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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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 can I use my Minolta 3500xi flash with my Sony A camera?

My external flash, a Minolta 3500xi, doesn't seem to be synchronized with my camera Sony A 200. Can you help?
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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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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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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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Promaster Flash Module TTL on a Modern Canon DSLR

I have an old Promaster FTD 5600 flash. These flashes have an interchangeable module that allows it to work with different manufacturers' TTL systems. Right now the flash has a Nikon module; it does ...
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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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Is it possible to trigger a Canon 600 EX-RT with a Fuji's on-camera flash?

I was playing yesterday with my Fuji X100T and got curious if I can use my Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite as an optical slave to the built-in flash on my Fuji X100T. Is this possible?
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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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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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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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How can I get started with a first flash gun?

I just got myself a flash gun for my dSLR. I realise that I don't quite know what to do with it. What should I do to get used to it, and to learn about how to get the most out of it? I'm interested ...
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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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Why won't my D3100 take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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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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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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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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Without modification, is the built-in pop-up flash EVER appropriate?

You can't use a diffuser, you can't redirect it, you can't adjust intensity, you can only pop that little sucker up and blast away. Is there ever a situation where having this built-in pop-up flash ...
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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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Would it be better to use hotshoe flashes or studio lights for a product shoot?

I need to make some shots of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super-professional pictures but I want something reasonably good, better than ...
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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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Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact light quality?

When using an umbrella type softbox (a softbox that opens like an umbrella like this one) used with a cobra flash or a light bulb that is INSIDE the softbox : does the tripod tube and the light ...
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

There are a number of "mini-softbox" products on the market. These are meant to mount on a hotshoe flash (usually with an elastic band). Lumiquest Softbox III Are these worthwhile portable and ...
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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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How does dragging the shutter work?

I am reading a photography book which talk about dragging the shutter when a flash is used. It just tell me how to do this trick but doesn't explain why. Can someone here tell me more about how it ...
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What third party flashes can be remotely controlled from an Olympus?

Olympus cameras (E-M1 in my case) are able to optically control Olympus flashes and adjust power accordingly, but are there third-party flashes that the Olympus can control? Many flashes can be ...
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Why is my ISO so high when shooting indoor photos with flash

I have a Nikon D5100. When shooting indoor photos using the built in flash, the auto ISO changes to 1600 or so. Doesn't the flash produce enough light so that the ISO would stay at 100 or so? ...
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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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Is it possible to use a flash for modern DSLR on an older film camera?

Older flashes could have higher voltage than newer flash for DSLR. In that case one risks that there is an higher than expected voltage difference with all the subsequents possible consequences for ...
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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 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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Do TTL flashes always “count” as a single pre-flash?

My Sony speedlight will only trigger off-camera with a TTL signal. I'm looking to expand my controlled-lighting arsenal with other speedlights and monolights that all have the ability to optically ...
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Why does a speedlite not fire when taking a still during movie mode?

My setup is limited to a Canon 6D and a Yongnuo flash, but I have a feeling this may be more fundamental than just the specific combination of body and flash. When you set the camera to movie mode, ...
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Why is my Metz 58 AF-1 flash showing low battery when fresh batteries are being used?

I have a Metz 58 AF-1 flash. I got it new in 2010 and it has worked great. Over the last 6 months, the recycling time has gotten consistently worse and worse. Before this issue, I could usually shoot ...
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how to use a speedlight flash in dark room

I recently bought a cheap speedlight flash. I've set it to manual mode and when i am using it in a dark place it dosent trigger and sometimes it does. Am i doing something wrong?