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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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Canon Speedlite 320EX or 430EX II, which one to choose?

I am going to buy a wireless flash for my Canon 650D camera. I've got two lenses, the Canon 18–55mm kit lens and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. I am not a newbie photographer and know how to use my camera well. ...
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Suggestion for my first flash gun [closed]

I have Canon 650D camera and mostly doing studio photography as a side income. So far I used my friends what ever the flash guns they had. But Now I'm considering to buy a new flash and after reading ...
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Third Party Flash for Portraits

Can you tell me what sort of flash is being used in the following picture and where can I get one of those? http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/914797_708687699196740_706239400_n.jpg ...
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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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Nikon D3100 stuck on Auto Flash

Whenever I turn my camera on it goes on Auto Flash unless it's in the no flash mode. The flash pops up automatically and when I close it and put it in a different mode it pops up again. I need to hit ...
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Does the wide-angle diffuser on a flash help reduce hotspots when used in a small softbox?

Many speedlight-style flashes have a pull-out / flip-down wide angle panel built in. This isn't really meant as a light modifier, but is intended to help the flash provide better coverage at wide ...
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What effects do different flash diffuser shapes have?

Looking for a flash diffuser I stumbled upon this: Polaroid Universal Flash Diffuser The link is to an Amazon page where you can choose from a wide range of shapes and types, but for the purpose of ...
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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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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 to adjust power on Yongnuo-14 EX Macro flash ring and Yongnuo 560 slave?

I recently purchased the above item and I am ready to toss it in the trash! Why? Because the directions that come in the manual are NOT for camera rookies. Terms I don't understand, etc. However, all ...
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My SB 700 is not working with my nikon D7000

Until recently my Nikon SB700 flash and D7000 were working fine together, but now when I connect the flash I see a message on the screen of the flash to change to manual mode (as it is not working in ...
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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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Leave Macrolite Ring Adapter 67 on 100mm macro?

I've just bought a MR-14 EX II ring flash and the necessary ring adapter for my 100mm 2.8L macro lens. I'm now wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't leave the adapter on my lens permanently ...
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Dark zone appearing on pictures when using an external flash [duplicate]

(Moved here from chat) I faced a trouble with my Canon 6D and a Canon SpeedLite 430ex II... I took some shots and here is the result I've had : I've used the very same shutter speed as I was using ...
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How to avoid water in a shower from appearing to fall upwards?

If I'm photographing a bathroom shower, using flash, the fall-off of the light from the flash is such that the water droplets appear to fall upwards. That is, they appear large at the top and narrower ...
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How does TTL flash work when there are multiple flashes?

I've been watching a lot of deconstructing videos on how the light is setup. Often times there are 2-3 flashes at the studio. The photographer will say that they are all set to TTL. But how does that ...
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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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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? Thanks
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accessory fill flash for nikon DSLR [duplicate]

My nikon d3100 has broken flash... what can I use to replace it, externally? I just want something small and lightweight, as fill flash. I have a large external flash unit, but it's HEAVY. Thanks! ...
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Can't get hot shoe flash to fire on Fujifilm Fine Pix

When my grandfather passed away I received a achiever auto thyristor 260T. I cannot seem to get the flash to go off when I take a picture. I made sure it was set up the best I could but it still won't ...
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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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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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If TTL only preflashes once, how does it get correct exposure immediately after?

If I understood TTL correctly, say you are in M mode with a camera and you have intentionally underexposed. The flash in TTL mode theoretically would try to add enough light to correctly expose the ...
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Metering - How to account for the light from the flash

I pretty much use Manual mode (in my Nikon D40) and learning quite a lot from it. Though I understand "Metering" for correct exposure, I've trouble understanding it while using Flash (both in-built as ...
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Can I use the internal autofocus (AF) beam with an external flash on a Canon 600D?

If we are using an external third-party flash with no auto focus beam support, is there a setting to use the built-in auto focus beam with an external flash? I'm using a Canon EOS 600D.
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I'm having issues with flash in DF.

I'm using a Nikon D3 with an external flash tethered with DF and the images are not coming out bright enough. It seems the flash isn't going off at the same time as the camera shutter. I know there is ...
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Why does using the flash mess up the white balance?

When I take a photo without flash, I get reasonable white-balance: But when I turn on the flash, everything becomes yellow, which is not how the scene looks to the naked eye: Why does this ...
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Why does flash exposure compensation of 4EV have such an unnoticeable effect?

I took two photos, one with flash exposure compensation set to -2EV: and the other with +2EV: I find a minor, almost unnoticeable difference between these two photos. But there's a difference ...
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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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Black bar covering my image

I use a Nikon D610 and whenever I take a picture, I get a black bar at the bottom covering half of the photo. How do I fix this? Is my shutter speed off? It isn't very fast, but no matter what I do I ...
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Time needed to full self-discharge of speedlight capacitor

I need to repair the Nikon's SB-600 speedlight. As I need to access to only the bottom part of the speedlight I skipped the danger of electric shock. However when I tried to disconnect one of the ...
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Do Canon 430EXII speedlite flash units have an optical slave function?

Before I buy , i want to make sure: will a 430exII fire by "seeing" the light burst from other flash sources? and if not, what canon speedlite can do this?
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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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Why can't I find the flash settings menu on my Canon 5d Mark II anymore?

I have 5d mark ii and 580EX ii, the flash menu was available on the cam and used it for few days. Lately I can't find the menu anymore, I've tried several things and no positive results.
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How to use HSS flash? [duplicate]

I would like to shoot in high speed using flash. I could find some flashes which can go up to 1/2000 s. However I can't find how to use this kind of flashes. I read the technical charasteristics 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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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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Why does negative flash adjustment lead to weird, orange pictures?

I try to shoot with available light as often as possible, but sometimes I just have to pull out the built-in flash on my Panasonic GH3. I don’t like the “rabbit in the headlights” look of the photos ...
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Why flash is not used when I raise the power to 1.3+

I apologize my ignorance on the subject, I am a newbie and hence, ran into this problem. My set up: Nikon D90 Nikon SB700 flash PocketWizard MiniTTL was mounted on my camera for remote triggering ...
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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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What features should one look for when selecting a flash?

I have been thinking of getting a flash to improve my low light photography (particularly indoors). However, there seem to be a number of different models available at similar price points (budget of ...
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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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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 equipment is required to use more than one flash with a canon 60d

Currently I own a cannon 60d, some lenses, a metz af2 flash and two yong nuo 622c flash triggers to fire the flash off camera. - One sits on top of the camera, and the other one goes on the flash. (c ...
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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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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of 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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What is the minimum cost “automatic” flash that I can sensibly use with a Nikon D700

This is not intended to be a typical "equipment recommendation" question. The answer should be moderately stable and potentially useful to others. Short: To meet a one off need I want to buy a ...
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What could cause severe under-exposure when using a Canon 5D Mark III with Speedlite 600EX-RT with Evaluative E-TTL2 metering?

I recently purchased a Speedlite 600EX-RT for use with my 5D Mark III. I'm shooting with a 17-40 f4/L lens. Particularly when using the flash in the standard forward position, I get extremely severe ...